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Choosing The Right Sports Management Major

Sports management degrees are versatile tools in the business and sports worlds. With the right degree program, you can become an expert in your field, develop critical industry skills that establish the foundation for your career, and get high-quality training in a field you’re interested in. It’s an excellent investment, whether you’re just starting your higher education journey or you’re pursuing a degree after years in the professional world. But just like any investment, it’s essential to understand the value a sports management degree can provide and who values most from getting one. Learn more answers in this quick overview from Barton College of how to choose the right sport management major and where to find it.

What Is Sports Management?

Sports management focuses on the business aspects of sports and recreation, from professional sports teams on the global stage to community athletics and recreation resources. Degree programs for sports management encompass the financial, logistics, managerial, business, and marketing aspects of becoming a successful sports manager in any number of related roles. The career field is relatively broad—and demand for sports managers is growing, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipating an 11% market growth from 2018 to 2028. Some careers you might consider with a sports management background are:

  • Athletic director for schools and community programs
  • Contract management professionals
  • Sports data analysts
  • Sports agents
  • Accountants
  • Lawyers with a focus on sports
  • Marketing managers

Who Is a Sports Management Degree Best For?

Sports management degrees are best suited for individuals who are committed to lucrative careers in the sports management field. They are especially advantageous for people with a finance or business background who want to specialize in this unique industry. At Barton College, we provide eligible students with an accelerated MBA in Strategic Leadership. This more robust degree plan facilitates a greater degree of specialization. Students who want to become an accountant or business executive often need to have a master’s degree, either as a matter of certification or to be competitive for that type of position.

Barton’s Sport Management Program

Barton College offers a sport management program designed to help students thrive and start their new career journey in sports and recreation. We are a four-year private college with a long history of giving students incredibly personalized education and opportunities for growth. We offer both four-year degree programs and a 3+2 MBA. Some of the key advantages a sports management program provides are:

  • Access to our large Alumni network: The Barton College Alumni Association has more than 26,000 members across different industries, specializations, and regions.
  • In-depth majors: Our sport management degree program is housed in the School of Business & Innovation, which offers a variety of programs including the: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in sport management
    • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) in Strategic Leadership
  • Diverse minors: Choose a minor from related fields such as human performance, medical coding, and billing, or other options through the schools at Barton College, such as broadcast video production, communications, or finance
  • Professional portfolio development: Experience conferences and conventions, gain valuable experience through internships, and receive assistance growing your professional portfolio as you pursue your degree.

Feel Like a Sports Management Major Is Right for You? Apply Today!

The right degree program is an essential cornerstone of developing a career you love. At Barton College, we support all of our students with rich academic programs, access to internships and training, and ongoing network opportunities for after you graduate. Reach out today to speak to our admissions representatives to learn more about all we offer to incoming students.

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