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Academic Program Guide

Sport Management

College: Education, Health, and Human Sciences
Degree: BS
Specialized Admission: Yes

Contact: Freshman/Sophomore Advising
Address: 2301 Stone Bldg., FSU Tallahassee, FL 32306-4460
Phone: (850) 644-3760
Contact: Department Advising (Jr/Sr)
Address: 1013 Tully Gym
Phone: (850) 645-7692

Description of Major

*Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is available ONLY at the main campus in Tallahassee, FL. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.*

Individuals completing the Sport Management degree are prepared to seek entry-level employment in some aspect of the sport industry or to pursue an advance degree in Sport Management.

Prerequisite Coursework

Prerequisite Coursework: (9 hours)

Students must complete nine (9) hours of coursework with any combination of the following prefixes: ACG, ADV, BUL, COM, CGS, ECO, FIN, GEB, HFT, MAR, MAN, MMC, ORI, PET, PUR, REE, RMI, RTV, SDS, SPC, and/or STA. Prerequisites are required for admission in preparation for the upper division major; a final grade of C minus or better must be earned in each prerequisite course. Students are encouraged to select prerequisite coursework in consultation with an advisor.

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .

Admission Requirements:
All prospective students must meet the following minimum requirements for admission:

1. Complete 60 credit hours of college-level coursework.
2. Earn a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA in all attempted college coursework. In calculating your GPA, we use all attempted courses (including D's, F's, and WF's) from every college you have attended. If a course is repeated, we will use both grades.
3. Complete FSU General Education Requirements or earn an AA degree from a Florida public college.
4. Complete the required nine (9) hours of prerequisite courses with a C minus or better.

IMPORTANT: All admission requirements should be completed by the end of spring semester of the Sophomore year.

Requirements for Transfer Students:
Transfer students must satisfy the university’s minimum requirements for admission including demonstration of satisfactory academic progress, college-level English and mathematics proficiency, and world language proficiency. Applicants who will have attempted 90+ semester hours of college credit (including withdrawals and repeated courses) before enrolling at Florida State University must submit a personal statement to the Office of Admissions. The statement must address the reason(s) for transferring to FSU this late in the academic program and should also include a plan for a timely graduation. See for details.

Departmental Application:
All prospective students (including transfer students) must complete the Sport Management departmental application. The application is available online at and is due March 1. The Sport Management program only accepts applications for the Fall semester.

Specialized Admission/Limited Enrollment:
The Department of Sport Management limits the number of students admitted to the undergraduate program through a selective admission process. Applicants will be evaluated and ranked based on the following criteria:

1. Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better
2. Completion of 60 credit hours of college coursework by the end of Spring term
3. Completion of FSU General Education requirements or Florida AA degree
4. Completion of 9 credit hours of prerequisite courses

Meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not guarantee admission to the major. Priority will be given to applicants that have completed all requirements by the end of the Spring term of the Sophomore year.


Major Program of Studies at FSU: 60 hours
All students are expected to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75 and achieve a final grade of C minus or higher in all courses taken. At any point when a student has any combination of three (3) D or F grades, the student may be dismissed from the program.

Program Core Courses: (30 hours)
SPM 4012 (3) Sport in Society
SPM 4014 (3) Sport and Literature
SPM 4025 (3) Diversity in Sport
SPM 4104 (3) Facilities/Event Management
SPM 4124 (3) Human Resource Management
SPM 4154 (3) Intro. to Sport Management or IDS 3496 (3) Exploring the World of Sport
SPM 4204 (3) Ethics in Sports
SPM 4304 (3) Sport Marketing
SPM 4604 (3) Sport Governance
SPM 4723 (3) Sport Law

Department Electives: (18 hours)
SPM 4003 (3) Careers in Professional Sport
SPM 4004 (3) Issues in Sport Management
SPM 4011 (3) Sport History
SPM 4013 (3) Cross-Cultural Sport
SPM 4015 (3) Sport in Film
SPM 4505 (3) Sport Finance
SPM 4020 (3) Issues in Global Management
SPM 4630 (3) International Sports Venues
SPM 4703 (3) Introduction to Sport Analytics
SPM 4705 (3) Applied Data Analytics in Sport Management
SPM 4911 (3) Undergraduate Thesis
SPM 4931 (3) Special Topics in Sport Management
SPM 4941 (3) Practicum in Sport Management
SPM 4951 (3) Sport, Service and Social Change
IDS 3495 (3) Sport: Conscience Meets Commerce

Outside Department Electives: (12 hours)
All electives outside the department must be 3000/4000 level.

University Wide Graduation Requirements:

Digital Literacy: (3 hours)
Completed by University approved coursework

Oral Communication Competency: (0-3 hours)
Completed within General Education/elective coursework

Natural Science Lab: (1 hour)
Completed within General Education/elective coursework

Scholarship-In-Practice: (3 hours)
Completed within major coursework (IDS 3496)

Upper-Division Writing: (3 hours)
Completed within major coursework (SPM 4014)

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hours Required: 120
General Education 36
Lower Division Elective Coursework: 14-15
Prerequisites Coursework 9
Major Coursework 60
Digital Literacy: 3
Oral Communication Competency: 0-3
Natural Science Lab: 1


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1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. Half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.

Employment Information

Salary Information: National Association of Colleges and Employers, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Representative Job Titles: Sponsorship Manager, Client Service Coordinator, Sportscaster, Assistant Director of Media and Promotions, Director of Player Programs, Assistant Director of Ticket Sales, Community Outreach Director, Stadium Manager, Sports Information, Physical Culture Center Director, Program Director of YMCA, YWCA, Boys or Girls Clubs; Physical Activity Director; Intramural Director; Sports Announcer; Sports Statistician; Sales Representative; Ticket Sales Representative; Group Sales Representative; Sponsorship Sales Representative; Community Relations; Marketing Representative or Assistant; Facility Personnel; Front Office Personnel; Supervisor of Activities; Sponsorship Manager; Athletic Academic Advisor; Donor Relations; Special Events Supervisor; Operations Specialist; Fan Service Representative; Apparel Marketing Coordinator; Coach.

Representative Employers: Professional Sports Teams, University and College Athletics Departments, YMCA, YWCA; Armed Forces, Camps; Health Clubs/Private Clubs; Corporations(e.g. IBM, Xerox, GE, Coca-Cola); School Boards, Retirement Communities; Resort Hotels; Park Districts; Recreation Leagues; City Recreation Programs; Major/Minor League Sport Franchises; Athletic Conferences; Amateur Governing Bodies; International Governing Bodies; Apparel Manufacturers; Equipment Manufacturers.

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