7 Essential Questions Answered About Sports Management Degrees and Schools

Here are answers to seven questions about schools and degrees in sports management.

What schools are available? Can I go to school online?

There have not always been a lot of sports management degree programs to choose from, and often students earned a degree in a related area and moved into the field. Fortunately, program availability is beginning to increase. You can find programs by degree-level or location. If you’re interested in the convenience of an online program, you’ll also find bachelor’s degrees in sports management, which focus on particular career paths such as entrepreneurship, finance and marketing. We can help you find an accredited online school.

What careers can I pursue with a sports management degree?

The field of sports management offers a diverse array of career opportunities, and careers are available in business, marketing, PR, management and facility management, as well as in the athletics (such as athletic director) arena.

After obtaining a degree in sports management or a related field, a graduate is qualified for the following positions:

  • Researcher or professor at a university
  • Trainer with a sports team (sports medicine specialty)
  • Supervisory or management position at a sports facility
  • Sports agent
  • PR agent for an athlete or team
  • Sports reporter, sportscaster
  • Professional business manager
  • Athletic department director

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What degree programs will I take?

The entire gamut of degree programs are available for those desiring to enter the field of sports management. An associate’s degree is a stepping stone to your future education and a bachelor’s degree is crucial to pursuing a career in the field.

Choices for a bachelor’s degree include the following specialties, as well as areas such as risk management or fitness and wellness:

  • Sports management
  • Sports marketing
  • Business administration

A master’s degree or MBA opens doors to such leadership careers as sports agent, sports medicine and sports management, corporate sponsorship director and head coach or general manager.

Certification is essential in this competitive career field. The two most popular certifications include the following:

  • The sports management certificate offered to those students who are pursuing a bachelor’s degree
  • The graduate certificate in sports management, which allows already practicing sports managers a way to enhance their skills and professional credentials

Read in-depth details about sports management degree programs.

What can I expect after I submit a request for information to a school?

First, you’ll need to make sure you fill out the form correctly. For example, if your completed education level is high school graduate, you would need to complete a bachelor’s program before applying to a master’s degree program. So if you enter “high school graduate” and request master’s degree information, your request may fail. Be sure to request information for the correct level of education you plan to pursue.

Once you’ve selected the schools you’re interested in and submitted your information, you’ll receive a thank you from the schools you chose. You’ll be contacted by these schools either by email or telephone. The advisors who call you will ask you about the programs you’re interested in, when you would like to start school, and talk about financial aid options, among other things. Feel free to ask questions!

How do I apply for financial aid?

Financial aid is available from a variety of sources. Government financial aid is the most common, but before you can be considered for aid, you’ll need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Other types of financial aid include scholarships, grants, private loans and PLUS loans.

How does the admissions process work?

Different schools work in different ways. But you’ll need to be aware of dates and schedules, and make sure your forms and fees are sent in and paid on time. All schools have an admissions office with advisors who can help, so be sure to use their services.

What are some tips for success in my education program?

You’ll need to be the right personality fit for a career in sports management, so it’s important to learn whether this is the career for you before you jump into the time and expense of a school program. If you’re performance driven, a team player, have a passion for sports, possess business savvy, and like to interact with people, this might be the field for you.

U.S. News and World Report offers four top tips for adults going back to school:

  1. Use financial aid resources
  2. Carefully plan your study time
  3. Interact with other adult students
  4. Set some time aside for yourself

For adults considering online degree programs, AllBusinessSchools.com suggests these handy tips:

  1. Understand the time commitment involved in online education
  2. Create a workspace that is conducive to learning
  3. Make a daily routine; Study at the same time every day
  4. Analyze your time-wasting tendencies
  5. Use online tools for better time management
  6. Prioritize work to avoid procrastinating. Try tackling harder subjects first.
  7. Schedule study time around your professors’ online office hours
  8. Take notes, participate and speak freely in classes
  9. Find an online study-buddy in your program
  10. Ask a friend or family member to volunteer as the “learning police”
  11. Know your goals: take your online education and yourself seriously

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