Sport Management

Division of Business, Communication & Education

The Bachelor of Science in Sport Management prepares students to be productive and dynamic sport management professionals with knowledge, leadership and management skills transferable to a wide variety of careers.

Program Overview

The Sport Management program effectively prepares students for a career within a wide breadth of sectors in the sports industry, including sports management, coaching, municipal recreation administration, sport facility management, physical education, sports information, event management and sport marketing. The program builds discipline-specific knowledge, leadership and management skills, general abilities and soft skills that are transferable across a wide variety of careers plus hands-on work experiences in preparation for a career in sports.

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What You Will Learn

The Sport Management program is designed to prepare student to:

  • Demonstrate required skills, knowledge and abilities needed to be a successful sports management professional
  • Put into practice the principles of leadership and management with the functions of sports industry professionals
  • Be able to communicate, orally and in writing, as a sports management professional within various sport settings
  • Utilize skills and experiences gained to manage facilities, resources, and events, in adherence with laws and ethics
  • Gain strong competence in critical thinking and analysis and problem-solving through real-world case studies and hands-on industry experience

The Mitchell Difference

Earning a degree at Mitchell College requires a combination of coursework and experiential learning built around our Abilities Model. This skills-based learning approach includes the following: First Year Experience, Integrative Career Development, Core curriculum, Major curriculum and exploratory electives. Every program at Mitchell offers unique opportunities to our broad spectrum of students for their educational, occupational and lifestyle pursuits.

The Sport Management program features:

 

  • Hands-on and Field Learning as a way for students to explore, retain and experiment within their field of study
  • Wraparound Supports that offer resources and promote community-building within the learning process
  • Organizations and Activities to build community with peers, learn and have fun such as:
      • Student Government Athletic Clubs
      • Sport and Fitness Club
      • National Society of Leadership and Success
      • Dance/Cheer Team
  • Internship opportunities offering real-world experience to enhance our students’ education journey in such environments as:
      • Mystic YMCA
      • Norwich Sea Unicorns/Dodd Stadium
      • Mitchell College Athletics
      • Waterford Recreation Department
      • U.S. Coast Guard
      • Stonington Recreation Department
      • New London Recreation Department
      • G’s Fitness and Nutrition
      • Wide World of Sports
      • Work Out World
      • Connecticut Sun
      • Waterford Speedbowl
      • Mohegan Sun
      • Power in Training Baseball and Softball Facility
      • DBI Baseball and Training
      • Many other opportunities  
  • Service learning that combines learning objectives with community service in ways that can benefit both student growth and the community 
  • Research that offers students the opportunities to delve deeper into subject areas of interest with faculty guidance

  • Minor and/or Microcredential(s) allowing students more compact, narrowly focused courses to develop specific skills in their area of study and certifications such as American Red Cross CPR and Connecticut State Coaching certification
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Basketball Coach

Career Pathways

The Sport Management program prepares students for a number of different career options, as well as the potential for future advanced study. Many students go on to enjoy careers in environments such as:

    • Professional sport organizations
    • Intercollegiate athletics
    • Sport facilities
    • Sporting goods
    • Interscholastic sports
    • Youth sports organizations
    • Parks and recreation
    • Resorts
    • Public and private sports organizations
    • Sporting events

    Additionally, graduates have gone on to pursue advanced educational degrees or certification programs in areas such as teaching, health sciences, athletic training, exercise science, physical therapy, public health, organizational management, event management and more. The Integrative Career Development program helps to focus students on career paths they are passionate about, leading to internships which become full-time positions for many students post-graduation.

      Sample Coursework: 4-Year Overview

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