Turn your passion for sports into a rewarding career.

The sport management major is designed to prepare you for a successful career in the multi-billion dollar sport industry.

As a sport management major, you’ll take courses that are specific to the sport management discipline, as well as business courses that will help you to develop quantitative analysis skills and an understanding of essential business concepts.

As a sport management graduate, you’ll find diverse and exciting career opportunities. These include careers in professional and minor league sports, intercollegiate and high school athletics, international and national sport governing bodies, sport agencies, sport facilities, businesses that use sports to market their products and sport marketing and event management firms.

Program Highlights

Internship Opportunities

The Lerner College sport management program will help you to go above and beyond your passion for sport by challenging you academically and providing you with practical experience outside the classroom. As part of this experience, you’ll complete a nine-credit internship during your senior year.


As a Lerner College sport management student, you will have access to a number of volunteer opportunities with the UD Athletic Department and other sport organizations in the area. Our goal is for you to gain as much practical experience as possible while developing professional networks within the sport industry.

Program Requirements

Suggested Course Sequence

Freshman Year
First semester
ECON 101 – Microeconomics
MATH 114 – College Mathematics and Statistics, MATH 115 – Pre-Calculus, MATH 117 – Pre-Calculus for Scientists and Engineers, MATH 221 – Calculus I or MATH 241 – Analytic Geometry and Calculus A
SPTM 210 – Introduction to Sport Management
BUAD 110 – Basics of Business
Natural sciences & technology breadth course
Second semester
ENGL 110 – Seminar in Composition
ECON 103 – Macroeconomics
Creative arts & humanities breadth course
PSYC 100 – General Psychology
Natural sciences & technology breadth course with lab (4 credits)
Sophomore Year
First semester
ACCT 207 – Accounting I (Financial)
MISY 160 – Business Computing
MATH 201 – Statistics I or STAT 200 – Basic Statistical Practice
Sociology breadth course
BUAD 301 – Introduction to Marketing
SPTM 311 – Practicum in Sport Management (1 credit)
Second semester
ACCT 208 – Accounting II (Managerial)
SPTM 313 – Sport & Media
MISY 261 – Business Information Systems
COMM 212 – Oral Communication in Business or HOSP 230 – Executive Presentations & Problem Solving
SPTM 315 – Legal Aspects of Sport Management
Junior Year
First semester
SPTM 417 – Sport Marketing
SPTM 418 – Sport Event & Facilities Management
BUAD 309 – Organizational Behavior
FINC 311 – Principles of Finance
SPTM 419 – Ethics & Issues in Sport Management
Second semester
SPTM 314 – Financial Aspects of Sport Management
Social & behavioral sciences breadth course
SPTM 416 – International Sport Management
History & cultural change breadth course
BUAD 306 – Service & Operations Management
Senior Year
First semester
Sport management or hospitality elective
BUAD 441 – Strategic Management
Creative arts & humanities, history & cultural change or foreign language course
Free elective
Free elective
Second semester
SPTM 464 – Sport Management Capstone Internship (9 credits)
Free elective
Free elective

Career Opportunities

After graduating in 2019, 93% of Lerner’s sport management graduates were employed (earning a mean starting salary of $36,333) or pursuing further education. For more information on career resources please visit the Lerner Career Services Center.

Top Employers

Some of the top employers of Lerner’s sport management graduates include:

  • Philadelphia Eagles (NFL)
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • Baltimore Orioles
  • Comcast Spectacor
  • ESPN
  • Philadelphia 76ers
  • PGA Tour

Top Jobs

Job titles of recent graduates with a sport management degree include:

  • Operations Coordinator
  • Account Executive
  • Inside Sales Consultant
  • Sports Writer
  • Analyst
  • Communications and Events Assistant

Visit the Career Outcomes of Lerner sport management students to see more top employers, job titles, salaries and locations.


  • Lerner Builds Community through Nests - UD’s Lerner College Nest program helped new Blue Hens build connections and community with peers, upperclassmen and faculty virtually this semester.
  • Lerner Remote Resources - The Lerner College is committed to supporting our community during this uncertain time. Please refer to this page for important resources and contact information.
  • My Summer Internship: Nathan Benyowitz - Nathan Benyowitz, a Class of 2021 sport management major, spent his summer taking enriching courses and interning with TopNotch Management, a boutique sports agency in Newport Beach, California.
  • The Game Must Go On - This installment of Lerner’s Lifelong Webinar Series featured a professional deep-dive into the current landscape of the sports industry.
  • My Summer Internship: Carl Stewart - Carl Stewart, a Class of 2023 marketing and sport management double major, spent his summer taking enriching courses to expand upon his knowledge in leadership.

Learn More

Contact Donna Laws

Admissions Information

Learn more about undergraduate admissions requirements, deadlines, tuition and financial aid available to you.

Admissions & Financial Aid