Associate's Degree Programs in Sports Management

Read information about associate degree studies in sports management. Find out what courses are taken, what prerequisites need to be met and what continuing education and career options are available to graduates.

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Essential Information

Sports management programs prepare students for careers in a variety of sports-related fields, including community recreation, sports teams and facilities management. Students enrolled in a 2-year associate's degree program for sports management learn about the business side of sports through accounting, marketing and management courses. They also study practical and theoretical aspects of fitness and athletics through teambuilding exercises. Hands-on projects and internships support classroom instruction and help students develop a deeper understanding of industry and business principles. Most programs are affiliated with the North American Society for Sports Management (NASSM) and fulfill its accreditation standards. Most programs award an Associate of Science degree.

Educational Prerequisites

Potential students are encouraged to take algebra courses before enrolling in an associate's degree program for sports management. Some programs require students to submit ACT or SAT scores, grade point averages and letters of recommendations. Students must also possess a high school diploma or equivalent.

Program Overview

Coursework in a sports marketing associate's degree program include fundamental computer skills, product promotion, advertising, public relations and business law. In addition to formal classroom instruction, students enrolled in an associate's degree program for sports management are expected to spend time outside the classroom working on project assignments and internships. Typical classes include:

  • Physical education leadership
  • Microeconomics and macroeconomics
  • Psychology
  • Introduction to sports management
  • Marketing
  • Introduction to business
  • Accounting
  • Business law
  • Sociology

Popular Career Options

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov), the sports and recreation field is one of the fastest growing fields, due to the increasing number of sports participants. Students seeking employment within the sports management sector can find several entry-level opportunities, including:

  • Account sales
  • Purchasing agent
  • Public relations specialist

Continuing Education Information

Graduates of an associate's degree program in sports management can obtain entry-level positions in sports management or they may enter a 4-year bachelor's degree program for sports management. Most colleges and universities accept transfer credits obtained through an associate degree program. There are also opportunities for students to pursue master's and doctoral degree programs in sports management.

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  • School locations:
    • New Hampshire (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at Hesser College include:
      • Non-Degree: Certificate, Coursework
      • Undergraduate: Associate
    • Medical and Health Professions
      • Health and Fitness
        • Sport and Fitness Management
      • Massage and Related Therapeutic Professions
      • Medical Administrative Services
      • Medical Assisting
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    • California (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at Stanford University include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Undergraduate: Bachelor
    • Medical and Health Professions
      • Medical Administrative Services
      • Medical Informatics and Illustration
      • Medical Residency Programs
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    • Massachusetts (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at Harvard University include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Post Degree Certificate: Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
    • Medical and Health Professions
      • Dental
      • Medical and Health Preparatory Sciences
      • Medical Residency Programs
      • Public Health and Safety
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    • Pennsylvania (1 campus)
    Areas of study you may find at University of Pennsylvania include:
      • Graduate: Doctorate, First Professional Degree, Master
      • Post Degree Certificate: First Professional Certificate, Post Master's Certificate, Postbaccalaureate Certificate
      • Undergraduate: Associate, Bachelor
    • Medical and Health Professions
      • Dental
      • Medical Administrative Services
      • Medical Ethics and Bioethics
      • Medical Residency Programs
      • Mental Health Services
      • Nursing Professions
      • Public Health and Safety
      • Veterinary Medicine and Clinical Sciences

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