The Sports Management major prepares students for a successful career in sports management. Our curriculum includes business-related courses on which to build a solid foundation of business knowledge needed to help sports organizations be successful in a multi-billion dollar industry. Additionally, sports management-specific courses in the major will give you real-world and practical hands-on learning opportunities and prepare you for the variety of environments you may find in your future career.

About the Major

Individuals interested in working in the sports industry and focusing on the business features that support the operation of sporting activities should pursue a degree in sports management. These degrees provide students with a solid understanding of sports and business and management and how these aspects work together. Students receive instruction directly related to business topics in sports, and most programs include meaningful practical experiences related to managing sports organizations and/or sporting events. Experiential education internships within a variety of sports settings are encouraged, with a requirement to complete at least one sports administration internship prior to graduation.

Benefits of a Degree in Sports and Exercise Management

Sports Management degrees provide individuals with an array of benefits, such as the ability to work with a wide range of people who share a common passion for sports and exercise, and becoming a vital part of a sports or exercise organization. The field also provides unforgettable experiences, and it is not limited to one specific geographic area since sports and exercise are prevalent in all areas. The increasing growth in the sports industry and exercise in the U.S. has sparked a demand for sports and exercise management professionals. In fact, sports-related businesses are ranked in the top 15 industries in the country. Career opportunities for graduates of sports management programs vary from working for local, private, chain, or nonprofit organizations to pursuing positions with professional sports teams.

Sports/Exercise Management Careers and Jobs

  • Sports/Exercise Management
  • Sports/Exercise Marketing
  • Sports/Exercise Finance
  • Sports/Exercise Communications

Related Minors


Graduate Outcomes

Alexis Roberts '19

After graduating, Alexis was accepted at the University of Louisville, where she is pursuing a Master's in Sports Administration. While at OWU, Alexis had an internship at the University of Kentucky and was a member of the NCAC mentorship program.

Department Contact Info


Edwards Gymnasium
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3725

HHK Department Contact

Department Chair: Andrew Busch
Assistant Professor of Health and Human Kinetics
Edwards Gymnasium 107-C

Academic Assistant: Wendi Kay
Edwards Gymnasium #107-A