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Enhance Your Business Skills in Sports Management with an MBA from Concordia University Chicago

The business of sports is just as important as the games on the field. The industry has quickly adapted to innovative technology and data-driven strategies. Accordingly, success in sports management revolves around a combination of fundamental business knowledge and in-depth insights into the sports market.

Much like the games themselves, sports management can be highly competitive. However, opportunities have increased as professional and collegiate sports franchises have grown. Effective leaders in this field typically combine a deep knowledge of the game with expertise in technology and business. Earning an online MBA with a Sports Management Specialization from Concordia University Chicago prepares graduates to assume lead roles in this exciting industry.

The 100% online sports master’s program allows busy professionals to earn an MBA on their schedule, no matter where they live or work or how often they’re on the road. This innovative online sport management MBA program will help students:

  • Gain an understanding of the administrative, business and legal aspects of sports management.
  • Learn how to apply statistical analysis to managerial problems in the sports industry.
  • Develop expertise in sports finance and related economic considerations.
  • Recognize and analyze the impact of diversity and gender equity in the sports world.
  • Explore the range of jobs and settings that employ sports managers, including universities, talent agencies, major and minor league teams, and sports facilities.
Score a Career in Sports Management with an Online MBA

Concordia University Chicago offers a variety of specialized MBA degrees in many disciplines and industries. The online MBA with a Sports Management Specialization is designed for professionals who want to leverage business expertise to break into or advance within the world of sports.

This online master’s in sports management program includes all 12 courses featured in the core MBA degree program, plus four additional classes that focus exclusively on sports-related business topics:

  • Economics of Sports
  • Sport Finance
  • The Essentials in Law of Sports
  • Level the Playing Field: Diversity in Sports
Degree Program Specifications

Students must complete 48 hours of online coursework to earn an MBA with a Sports Management Specialization from Concordia University Chicago. The academic calendar features three 16-week semesters per year, with each semester comprised of two consecutive eight-week terms. Depending on whether students opt for a standard or accelerated degree plan, the online sport management MBA program can be completed in roughly one to two years.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission into the online accounting MBA degree program at Concordia University Chicago, students must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Complete and submit all required admission materials as follows:

  • Objective Statement – Write a brief essay outlining your education and career goals and explain how an MBA degree from Concordia University Chicago will help you fulfill those objectives.
  • Official Transcripts – Provide one official, sealed transcript from each institution that has granted you a degree. Full admission requires a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher for master’s degrees.
  • Letters of Recommendation – Send two letters of recommendation from individuals who are able to comment on your academic proficiency, professional competencies and personal character.
  • Professional Resume – Provide a copy of your resume or curriculum vitae, including relevant work experience, degrees, certifications, and skills.

International applicants may be required to submit additional supporting materials, such as proof of English language proficiency and a foreign transcript evaluation from an approved credentialing service. For full requirements, visit the Admission & Tuition page. 

There is no application fee and no GRE requirement to apply for the online MBA program at Concordia University Chicago.

MBA, Sports Management Specialization: 48 Credit Degree Program


Total Core MBA Credits – 36

Sports Management Specialization Courses

Semester 1

Economics of Sports

MBAS 6800     3 credit hours 

The domain of sports, most notably, professional sports, has been elevated to one of the highest rungs of the financial ladder by having entered the world of professional entertainment industry. In the 21st Century, sport has secured its place as one of the paramount forms of entertainment from Friday night high school football games to the Olympic venues. To function as an administrator within this profession, it is imperative to have a comprehensive understanding of the dynamic role of economics. In this course, students explore and examine the concepts and models of micro and intermediate economics as related to the business of sport.

Sport Finance

MBAS 6805     3 credit hours

In this course, students develop a framework with an in‐depth analysis of the various tools, techniques, ratios, formulas, and other finance‐related information, complex financial concerns in the sports workplace.

Semester 2

The Essentials in Law of Sports

MBAS 6810     3 credit hours

This course introduces legal issues and professional ramifications in field of sports management through the examination of regulations, government intervention and ethically pertinent scenarios. This course allows learners to acquire a thorough understanding of legal considerations, which affect the interaction of league officials and athletes, their professional behavior, and what laws are established to protect their rights and assure they accountable for their actions.

Level the Playing Field: Diversity in Sports

MBAS 6815     3 credit hours

This course is designed to teach students what diversity is and how it applies to sports in general and more specifically to gender, race and various cultures. The course will help learners understand the unique challenge for sports leaders to better understand diversity and through this understanding help “level the playing field.”

Career Outlook for Sports Management Leaders

Earning an online MBA in sports management can position professionals for sought-after jobs with talent management agencies, major and minor league sports teams, collegiate athletics programs and sports training facilities. Graduates of the online sport master’s program should be well prepared for leadership and management roles in:

  • Sports Administration
  • Talent Management
  • Sports Media
  • Sports Marketing
  • Sports Organization Operations
  • Events Management

At both the professional and collegiate levels, sports remain popular with fans all over the world. Their love of the game will ensure continuing demand for sports business leaders with relevant expertise. Earning an online MBA with a Sports Management Specialization from Concordia University Chicago can help graduates leverage their business skills and industry knowledge into a coveted career in sports.

MBA Certificate in Sports Management

An MBA Certificate can benefit you if you are looking to enhance your business career with a broader scope of skills. Our MBA Certificate in Sports Management will provide you with:

  • Understanding of the sports industry including economics, financials and legal implications
  • Expertise in sports leadership
  • Perspectives on diversity in the sports 
Tuition & Financial Aid

If there is no interruption in your course of study at Concordia University Chicago, you are guaranteed there will be no increase in tuition rates. Contact us to confirm the current tuition and fees for the online sports management master’s program. Students who enroll in the online MBA program as a degree candidate are eligible to apply for federal financial aid.

Active-duty military service members, veterans and eligible dependents can take advantage of financial programs available to assist in paying for a college education. For more information, please visit our website.

Contact Information

Megan Radel
Concordia University Chicago
Student Recruitment Manager

708-328-6375
Online.info@CUChicago.edu

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