Sports Management Concentration

Sports Management Concentration

Sports Management Careers

  • Athletic Coach
  • Athletic Director
  • Events Coordinator
  • Facilities Manager
  • Game Day Coordinator
  • Managing Consultant
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Sales Coordinator
  • Sports Mediator/Arbitrator
  • Tournament Planner
  • Sports Content Producer
  • Resort Manager
  • Sports Agent

Your Ticket to Sports Industry Careers

When it comes to getting your foot in the door in the sports industry, it’s not enough to be an athlete or an avid fan. At Mid-America Christian University (MACU) in Oklahoma City, students who earn a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with a concentration in sports management are ahead of the game. We’ve designed a program that provides students with the knowledge and skills to turn their passion for sports into behind-the-scenes careers where they’ll help teams handle media relations, negotiate contract terms and trade deals, organize promotional events, and more. A degree in business with a sports management concentration can increase your earning power as the sports industry continues to grow in popularity. The job outlook in the multi-faceted industry is projected to grow 26% from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations.

The program provides a broad understanding of athletics management and gives a unique, bible-based perspective into the fast-paced world of sports industry management. You’ll start with business basics and then incorporate coursework that includes Leadership and Ethics in Sports, Sociology of Sports, Sports Fundraising and Sponsorship, Sports Facilities Management, Sports Law, and Risk Management. With a comprehensive understanding of the inner workings of specific aspects of the industry, students can confidently enter the competitive job market prepared to be effective and ethical leaders in life and in any sports organization. 

For hands-on experience in the business of sports, look no further than MACU’s athletic program which boasts a strong tradition of competitive teams–and a number of recent national championships. Oklahoma City, home to several professional teams and host of many tournaments and sporting events, also offers opportunities for internships with different types of sports management. 

A faith-based university, MACU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). 

A Safe Place to Discover, Find Your Passion & Grow

Located in the heart of a major city, students quickly discover that MACU is a small campus with a big heart. Our professors, staff and students are committed to creating a welcoming environment, and do everything they can to make sure everyone feels a sense of belonging. With on-campus clubs, groups, recreational opportunities, and more, it’s easy to meet friends–those who share the same interests and others who might just introduce you to a new passion. On our campus of under 1,500 students, you’ll never feel lost in the crowd as you find your purpose in life and grow in your faith. 

The 25th largest city in the nation, Oklahoma City has the best of big cities–professional sports teams, acres of parks, arts and entertainment districts, diverse culture and outstanding restaurants–but maintains a friendly, small-town sense of community. Recently ranked in the top 15 major cities in terms of job growth, OKC offers many career-boosting opportunities for MACU students as well as an active job market for graduates.  Benefits for on-campus/commuter MACU students include:

  • Small classes, accessible professors with real-world experience 
  • Affordable, efficient path to degree completion
  • Safe campus with 24/7 monitoring and protection
  • Support services committed to helping students thrive and succeed
  • Located in an exciting, growing city with a flourishing job market
  • Faith-based clubs, weekly chapel services, student-led devotions
  • Academic, social, and recreational groups and activities
  • Competitive sports and esports teams

Faith is Integral to MACU’s Game Plan

Ethical issues are a challenge in any industry but they can get particularly complex in the sports industry where the ultimate goal is winning.

In the competitive industry, MACU students stand out as servant leaders and people of character. With a Christ-centered education, students who earn sports business degrees are well-equipped with the skills and insight needed to tackle problems ethically, build trust, and make decisions based on biblical principles.

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Courses

  • ACCN2103

    Principles of Financial Accounting

    Fundamental accounting relationships; completion of the accounting cycle; accounting process for merchandising enterprises; receivables, payables, and inventories; deferrals, accruals, and intangible assets; and formation. Offered every fall semester.

  • ACCN2203

    Principles of Managerial Accounting

    Accounting systems, concepts, and principles; formation, organization, and operations of corporations and partnerships; departments and branches, statement analysis, cost, and management. Prerequisite: ACCN 2203. Offered every spring semester.

  • BUAD1103

    Introduction to Business

    A survey of the field of business administration. How business is owned, organized, managed, and controlled. Offered every fall semester

  • BUAD2103

    Principles of Accounting I

    Fundamental accounting relationships; completion of the accounting cycle; accounting process for merchandising enterprises; receivables, payables, and inventories; deferrals, accruals, and intangible assets; and formation. Offered every fall semester.

  • BUAD2203

    Principles of Accounting II

    Accounting systems, concepts, and principles; formation, organization, and operations of corporations and partnerships; departments and branches, statement analysis, cost, and management. Prerequisite: BUAD 2103. Offered every spring semester.

  • BUAD2303

    Macroeconomics

    Macroeconomics principles, such as national income, production, employment, the money and banking system, the modern theory of national income, economic growth, inflation, and the problems of economic stabilization. Offered fall semester: odd numbered years.

  • BUAD2403

    Microeconomics

    Surveys microeconomic principles, applications to the firm, concepts of demand, supply, pricing, and resource allocation under various competitive conditions. Offered spring semester: even numbered years.

  • BUAD2503

    Business and Professional Communications

    Principles of effective communication in a business environment. Practice in the preparation of letters, reports, and other forms of business writing. Prerequisites: ENGL 1103 and ENGL 1203. Offered every spring semester.

  • BUAD3103

    Principles of Marketing

    An introduction to the marketing of goods and services in advanced market economics; study of the marketing mix, pricing, distributional activities, consumer behavior, and marketing research. Offered fall semester: odd numbered years.

  • BUAD3203

    Principles of Management

    Management principles with emphasis on organizational theory, human relations, interpersonal communications, production, business ethics, and the development of management thought. Offered spring semester: even numbered years.

  • BUAD3303

    Computer Application in Business

    Computer Application in Business (3 cr.) Computer systems including machine functions and computer organization is included. Course examines the uses of computers in dynamic environments and business applications of the microcomputer through hands-on experience. Offered spring semester: even numbered years.

  • BUAD3403

    Business Finance

    Financial principles and functions with applications to business organizations, including investment, dividend decision, and an introduction to the models and tools used for financial analysis. Offered every fall semester.

  • BUAD3703

    Introduction to Statistics

    The course is a complete introduction to basic statistics as a method of analysis. Statistics is a powerful tool that is used in the business world and in the behavioral science area extensively. This course will provide the student with a working knowledge of statistical terms and formulas. The student will use Microsoft Excel as the medium technology throughout the course. Microsoft Excel spreadsheet program is required for this course. Prerequisite: MATH 1513. Offered every semester.

  • BUAD4103

    Legal Environment of Business

    Law and the legal system, social forces that make the law, business response to the social and legal environment; governmental regulation and federal regulatory agencies which impact business decision-making; the study of the legal concepts of torts and contracts. Offered every spring semester.

  • BUAD4303

    Human Resource Administration

    Human relations and adjustment in all forms of institutional and business organizations. The course deals with such problems as proper placement of the individual, training, incentive, methods of supervision, discipline, promotion, and retirement. Offered spring semester: odd numbered years.

  • BUAD4703

    Business Ethics

    Designed to raise the moral recognition level of students; to provide them with the apparatus to make moral decisions in a business context; to consider ethical problems in advertising, accounting, finance, marketing, and personnel as illuminated by Christian principles. Offered fall semester: odd numbered years.

  • MGMT3213

    Applied Business Management

    This three-credit-hour course provides an introduction to the principles of management. The emphasis is on understanding organizational theory, human relations, interpersonal communications, production, business ethics, and the development of management thought.

  • MGMT4103

    Group and Organizational Communications

    An introduction to the concepts of effective oral and written communication to include functioning in teams and other organizational settings as well as interpersonal exchanges.

  • MGMT4413

    Strategic Management

    This course introduces the strategic, tactical, operational issues that arise in management of production and service operations; product and process design, facilities planning, quality management, materials management, operations planning and scheduling, emerging technologies in production and service management. This serves as a capstone for the program. Prerequisite MGMT 2103

  • MGMT4433

    Managing Change

    An inherent aspect of leadership is managing change. This course will explore the various change theories and available options for designing, implementing and managing change. The students will learn how to develop their own change protocols, lead people through turbulent times including lay-offs due to downsizing and outsourcing, and be a bastion of hope and support exhibiting a Christ-like attitude to one’s employees.

  • MKTG3103

    Principles of Marketing

    An introduction to the marketing of goods and services in advanced market economics; study of the marketing mix, pricing, distributional activities, consumer behavior, and marketing research. Offered fall smester: odd numbered years.

  • MKTG3143

    Consumer and Market Behavior

    A study of personal and group behavior patterns in the acquisition of goods and services in the marketing environment. Prerequisite: BUAD 3103.

  • SMGT3113

    Leadership and Ethics in Sports

    This course examines the ethical issues individuals face in Sport Management settings. Emphasis is placed on ethical dilemmas sport managers encounter in the daily operation of commercial, recreational, and educational athletic programs. In addition, students study leadership theories and practices as they relate to sports organizations and its effects on employee motivation in an athletic setting.

  • SMGT3123

    Sociology of Sports

    This course examines diverse ways organized sports reflect and influence the values and social structures of society. Students analyze major political, economic, and social functions of sports in historical and cross-cultural contexts. Topics include women and sports, violence, race and sports, and the changing functions of collegiate and professional athletics.

  • SMGT3513

    Sports Fundraising and Sponsorship

    This course examines skills, strategies and techniques needed for successful revenue generation in the sport industry. In addition, students examine corporate sponsorship and its impact on the sport industry from a sales and marketing perspective

  • SMGT4123

    Sports Facilities Management

    This course is designed to provide learning experiences in managing sport facility operations, planning new sport facilities, and renovating and maintaining new facilities. An understanding of sports facilities, their design, and management will be gained through field study, speakers, and standard classroom material.

  • SMGT4223

    Sports Law and Risk Management

    This course provides a presentation of the basic legal system, its terminology, and principles as applied to professional and amateur sports. Emphasis is on identifying and analyzing legal issues, the ramifications of those issues, and the means of limiting the liability of sport organizations.


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