Sports Management - FAQ's

What skills do I need to succeed?

Sports management majors should have be outgoing, responsible, active, and be able to think critically. Students should be able to manage time wisely and be a good team mate as there will be many situations where students will have to work with others to accomplish one goal. Being detail oriented is also important.


What will I learn?

Students will learn what goes into getting a game off the ground – concessions, operations, clean-up, and become more proficient in the entire aspect of recreation vs. just playing a game. Students will also learn communication and people skills to assist in business communications.


What opportunities are there for internships or other hands-on learning experiences?

The sports field is getting more complicated every day with ticket offices, gyms, professional associations, etc. Students are encouraged to explore every aspect of the sports world and find an internship that interests them.

All sports management students are required to complete a 2 credit hour internship.


What are some possible entry-level careers with a degree in this field?

Assistant athletic director, sports marketing, YMCA – program director, grad assistant (AD), graduate assistant in coaching, position with parks and recreation, oversee a corporate wellness program, sales manager at a retail sports store


Want more information? Check out the Major Resources provided by the Career Development Center.


What are some CMU graduates with this degree doing?

 CMU graduates are working at area youth centers, for the YMCA, as personal trainers, and for professional sports teams. Others continued their education degree and are teaching/coaching in public schools and colleges.