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Bachelor of Arts in Sport Business Management

About the B.A. in Sport Business Management Degree

Cedarville’s distinctly Christian sport business management degree will prepare you to pursue career opportunities across a wide spectrum of the sport industry. More than just preparing for a job, at Cedarville you will discover how to make a Gospel impact through your vocation, wherever God leads you.

The sport business management major prepares students by building on foundational business principles and making application directly to the sport industry. The curriculum is accredited through the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs and follows the guidelines of the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation.

This program is also offered as a minor.

Why Study Sport Business Management at Cedarville?

Sport Business Management Program Highlights

Christian worldview — Our sport specific courses utilize current topics in the industry to create projects and scenarios with real-life application from a Christian worldview. Specifically, the program focuses on biblical leadership principles like servant leadership and excellence in the sport industry.

Joint business focus — The Sport Business Management program at Cedarville University distinguishes itself by being a part of the School of Business Administration. This uncommon characteristic of sport management allows our students to immerse themselves in business principles and work with other students in traditional business functions. This replicates many real world scenarios in the sport industry.

Practical credit hours — Our program requires 8–15 credit hours of practical experiences and internships. This mandates that students leave the classroom and begin utilizing their skills and generating important networking opportunities. This growing network of students also becomes a valuable resource for future students coming through the program. Finally, our sport specific courses utilize current topics in the industry to create projects and scenarios with real-life application from a Christian worldview.

What Can I Do With Sport Business Management?

What can you do with a sports management degree? Your bachelor’s in sport business management from Cedarville will prepare you for a variety of sport business management careers. Graduates may pursue entry-level sport business management positions in sales, marketing, communications, promotions, management, private and public recreation, event and facilities management, or other areas. Our students typically pursue jobs in collegiate, professional, or participatory sports in the following areas:

  • Event management
  • Sales
  • Facility management
  • Governing bodies
  • Marketing and promotions
  • Recreation
  • Sport-based ministries
  • Sport commissions

Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom

Internships — Internships give our students real-world experience in sport business management. Our students have been placed in internships at organizations such as:

  • Dayton Dragons
  • Cleveland Browns
  • Columbus Blue Jackets
  • The Memorial
  • Charlotte Hornets
  • Quint Events
  • Chicago Fire
  • Legends Facility Management
  • MAPFRE Stadium
  • Athletes in Action
  • Philadelphia Phillies
  • A variety of intercollegiate athletic departments, such as Ohio Christian University
  • A variety of recreational settings, such as the Greater Dayton YMCA

Student Organizations — You can choose to participate in business-related student organizations:

  • Sport Management Organization (SMO) — SMO provides opportunities for networking and practical experiences to help you pursue professional careers within the sport industry and/or be more prepared for further academic pursuits.
  • Student Leadership Team (SLT) — The SLT serves the School of Business Administration by building community among students and faculty, fostering relationships, and planning and executing events and programs.
  • Women in Business — Women in Business is an organization dedicated to helping women in professions learn more about reaching goals in careers, at home, and in service.

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Program Faculty

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Andrew Wonders, M.S.

Assistant Professor of Sport Business Management

  • Location MIL 185
  • Phone 937-766-7973
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Chuck Hartman, J.D.

Associate Professor of Business Law and Accounting

  • Location MIL 123
  • Phone 937-766-7914
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Sport Business Management Program Curriculum

Building on your core liberal arts and Bible minor courses, you will take many of the foundational business school courses such as accounting, essentials of economics, and business communication. There are also foundational sport specific courses that provide a framework for the industry, such as Introduction to Sport Management and Sport in Society. As you progress through the program, sport management courses will build upon foundational business school classes.

Sample courses:
  • Event Planning and Production
  • Financing Sport Operations
View Curriculum Plan and Catalog