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  • Program Type
    Major, Minor
  • Degrees Offered
  • School
    Gary Tharaldson School of Business

Work in the field of your dreams. Prepare for a management position in the sports or entertainment industry.

What You’ll Learn

You’ll explore the key components of professional sport and leisure management and learn to apply marketing concepts to the sport and entertainment industries. You’ll study the fundamentals of small business management, human resources, event planning, and facilities design.

Get Hands-on Experience

Gain career preparation through experience-based classroom work and a comprehensive internship program of not less than 200 hours.

Develop Teamwork Skills

Learn to work effectively in a team environment, working closely with world-class faculty who bring professional experience to the classroom.

Expand Your Career Options

Mary’s marketing program is a good complement to the sport and leisure management degree.

Program Information

Please visit our catalog for admission requirements and a full list of our courses.

Careers & Outcomes

Employment Trends

A sport and leisure management degree prepares graduates for a wide range of career paths in fields ranging from recreational, collegiate and professional sports to the entertainment industry.

Career Paths

  • Agent
  • Contract Negotiator
  • Event Manager
  • Fitness Center Director
  • Educator
  • Marketer
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Tourism Director
  • Coach
  • Athletic Director
  • Facilities Manager

Featured Faculty

Thomas Orr, PhD

Program Director of Sport Management, Varsity Assistant Men's Ice Hockey Coach

I work as a sport and leisure management professor at the University of Mary while serving as the assistant coach of men’s ice hockey. Sports have been a large part of my life, having experience as a player, official, supervisor, coach, and administrator. I serve as the Associate Director for the Center on Sport Policy & Conduct, an organization dedicated to improving sports. I have written many scholarly articles and presentations in the area of coaching and sport management. When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my hockey-playing wife, Matty, and my five children.

Take Your Next Step in Sport & Leisure Management