Major in Sports Management (BS Degree)

Turn Your Love of Sports into a Career

The sports management major at Gwynedd Mercy University allows you to pursue a fulfilling career in a variety of sports industries, from athletics administration to facility management to sports marketing. The well-rounded course choices for GMercyU's Bachelor of Science in Sports Management include classes in business, marketing, economics, finance, and law.

Degree Options

4+1 MBA Option

For students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, GMercyU offers a unique 4+1 MBA option that allows you to earn both a bachelor of science degree in sports management and a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) in just five years. You can skip the grad school entrance exam by taking graduate credits during your senior year – as part of your undergraduate tuition – and then seamlessly completing your MBA the following year.  Learn more about GMercyU's 4+1 MBA program.

The GMercyU Difference

At GMercyU, students in the sports management major receive education in both theory and practical application. When you major in sports management, you will learn not only the facts and figures behind sports management practices but also how to apply them once you choose a career field. This prepares you to excel in your job from the moment you receive your degree, more than other schools with sports management degrees in PA. GMercyU provides you with the chance to study abroad when you major in sports management, as well.

Additionally, since most professionals who work in sports management must understand how businesses work, GMercyU's sports management program includes a full repertoire of business education courses. As a sports management major, you'll learn how to apply sound business strategies to your chosen industry, which will make you more valuable and attractive to potential employers.

Unlike other sports management degrees in PA, the BS in sports management program at GMercyU is accredited through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE).

Undergraduate Minors

Increase the value of your bachelor of science in sports management degree by adding an undergraduate minor. GMercyU offers a wide variety of minors so you can choose the one that best meets your personal and professional goals.


In addition to completing general education requirements, you will complete the following courses as a sports management major:

Prerequisites – 15 Credits

BUS 101 Business Theory
ACC 105 Principles of Accounting I
ACC 106 Principles of Accounting II
ECN 102 Microeconomics
ECN 103 Macroeconomics

Management Core - 30 Credits 

ACC 301 Managerial Accounting
BUS 230 Business Law
BUS 310 Principles of Finance
BUS 207 Principles of Marketing
BUS 306 Business Statistics I
BUS 318 Operations Management
BUS 321 International Business
BUS 340 Business Statistics II
BUS 304 Business Ethics
BUS 4000 Business Capstone

Sports Management Program Courses - 18 Credits - Required Courses

BUS 301 Principles of Management
BUS 350 Introduction to Sport Management

Five of the Following:

BUS 350 Principles of Sport Management
BUS 351 Sport Marketing
BUS 352 Sport Business and Finance
BUS 353 Sport Law
BUS 354 Athletics Administration
BUS 355 Facility Management
BUS 410 e-Business
BUS 455 Sport Management Seminar

Internships or Open Electives - 14 Credits 

Credit Requirement
A minimum of 125 credits is required for a bachelor’s degree in sports management.

See the undergraduate catalog (PDF) for more information and course descriptions.


Internship Opportunities

While you pursue your Bachelor of Science in Sports Management, you can complete industry-related internships. An internship offers several benefits to students who major in sports management, including:

  • Work Experience: List your internship on your resume when you apply for jobs post-graduation
  • Hands-On Experience: Learn how the industry works from a practical standpoint and not just an academic one
  • Mentoring: Benefit from the experience, guidance, and constructive criticism of those who already work in the athletics industry

Our students have recently completed internships with:

  • Diamond Nation  Sports Complex
  • LIVE- Wells Fargo Center- Philadelphia76ers
  • Lancaster Barnstormers
  • BucksMont Indoor Sports Center
  • Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs
  • East Norriton Township Recreation 

Transfer Opportunities

If you’ve already earned college-level credits at other accredited institutions, you can transfer them to Gwynedd Mercy University. All you need to do is submit your transcript and course description to the Registrar, who will determine whether the course counts towards the credits required for your major in sports management and graduation. Read more on our Transfer Credits page.

In addition, Gwynedd Mercy University has articulation agreements with Bucks County and Delaware County Community Colleges, and Manor College.

Bucks County Community College
AA business administration to BS in sports management

Delaware County Community College
AS business administration to BS in sports management

Manor College
AS business administration to BS in sports management

Our Outstanding Faculty

Career Outcomes

After you graduate with a degree in sports management, you can pursue a number of careers in this billion-dollar industry.

Possible careers for sports management majors

  • Retail and marketing positions for fitness and sports equipment products
  • Athletics compliance for sports organizations
  • Sports journalism
  • Talent scouting for athletic organizations
  • Sports promotion

*Some of these careers may require additional education.

*This is only a partial list and not meant to limit you.

Where our graduates work after graduation

  • 97.5 The Fanatic ESPN
  • Lincoln Financial  Field
  • Valley Forge Casino Resort