Concordia University Chicago

MBA, Sports Management Specialization


7400 Augusta St

River Forest, IL 60305

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MBA, Sports Management Specialization

Format: Online

Program Description:

Do you have a passion for sports? Turn that passion into an exciting career with an MBA in sports management from Concordia University Chicago! The sports industry in both the U.S. and globally is big business. With the sports industry often growing faster than a country’s national GDP, the need to run clubs and associations as organized businesses has become paramount.

Today, a career in sports means understanding the many parts of this diverse field. There is an ever-increasing need for professionals trained in the managerial, administrative and business aspects of sports. Concordia-Chicago's MBA specialization in sports management prepares confident leaders in various types of sports organizations and roles.

Learning Objectives

By pursuing an MBA specialization or certificate in sports management, you will study the economics of the sports industry, financial responsibility, important legal issues related to sports and more.

Specialization Outcomes

  1. Analyze domestic and global economic principles and theories and the impact on the sports industry.
  2. Understand and examine the fundamental concepts of sports finance, stock and bond valuation, capital project evaluation methods, risk and return, leverage and working capital management as related to sports endeavors and the impact on the organization and stakeholders.
  3. Analyze and assess sports law situations in litigation and cases related to insurance, policy and the law.
  4. Explore, examine, and analyze the impact of diversity, gender equity, and ethical decision-making in the global sports industry.
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in use of technology to make and evaluate data driven decisions.

Career Outlook

Sports management offers a wide variety of career options and paths. Students can accept positions in marketing and sponsorship, sports media, hospitality and events management and even retail. Among others, colleges and universities, talent agencies, major and minor league teams and sports facilities are looking to hire qualified sports management professionals.

While sports management is highly competitive, it shows strong job growth trends through 2022, as predicted by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Coaches and Scouts are projected to grow 15%, faster than average. Sports agent/manager is projected to grow 12%, as fast as average. Sports marketing manager is projected to grow 13%, as fast as average.

Career Possibilities

  • Sports media
    Sports administration
    Sports marketing
    Sports agent
    Sports operations
    Events management


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Classification: Master's College or University I

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