The Sport Management degree provides professional training in preparation for management and leadership positions with professional sport teams, intercollegiate and intramural athletics, recreation programs at colleges and universities, and amateur athletic organizations. The program will also prepare students for graduate study.
The curriculum is designed to enable students to acquire and demonstrate a set of management skills and an understanding of sport industry issues through a combination of required business core courses, sport management-specific courses, and experiential components.
All students are required to complete a practicum or internship experience that provides real world application. The program also offers study abroad opportunities in the United Kingdom, and the sport management faculty all have experience in international sport and education.
Sport Management Program Learning Outcomes:
Study abroad programs led by USM business faculty are established for Japan/South Korea and as part of the British Studies Program. Ask us about opportunities to learn in other countries.
There is one Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree available with this major.
Graduates work with major/minor professional teams, amateur sport organizations and governing agencies, arena and stadium management, sport security firms, collegiate sports, and interscholastic organizations.
Employers include: NCAA, NFL, MLB, SMG, IMG, MLS, NIRSA, New Orleans Sports Foundation, College and University Sport Management and Business Departments, PGA, NAIA, NATA, NSCA, USOC, NFHS.
An overview of the history, foundation, and career opportunities in the sport industry
An overview of security issues and effective risk management strategies for sport organizations and event organizers
Introduction to the concepts and processes in the management of sport facilities and events
A study of the global sport business, with the focus on the sport industry in the United Kingdom; variable topics, lectures and supervised research on sport events, organizations and venues in England
Department Chair and Associate Professor
Favorite Courses: Security and Risk Management of Sport; Sport Economics
Expertise: Sport Security Management
Favorite Course: Facility and Event Management
Expertise: Dr. Manning’s primary research combines sport law and risk management, as it relates to projectiles leaving the field of play in baseball. Recent collaborative endeavors have examined the limited duty rule, as well his interest in sport marketing – eSports, Major League Soccer, and the millennial generation.
Favorite Courses: Legal Aspects of Sport and Organizational Leadership in Sport
Expertise: Legal Aspects of Sport; Organizational Leadership in Sport; Global Sport and the British Studies; Policy and Governance in Sport Organizations; Intercollegiate Athletics.
Favorite Course: Introduction to Sport Management
Expertise: Business Continuity, Sport Security, Research Design
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Southern Miss undergraduate degrees are available online, at the Hattiesburg campus, at the Gulf Park campus, and/or through a hybrid delivery that includes both online and on-campus courses.
All courses listed in the degree plan are available online. A student would not have to take a face-to-face course to complete this degree.
50 percent or more of the degree plan’s courses in Major Area of Study Requirements AND 50 percent or more of courses in Curriculum Requirement are available online. Remaining courses are face-to-face at the Hattiesburg or Gulf Park campus, as noted.
All courses are available face-to-face on the Hattiesburg campus.
All courses are available face-to-face on the Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.