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Study sports management abroad

An in-depth guide to studying sports management as an international student.

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Sports management degrees abroad

Sports management is an area of study that analyzes the business principles behind today’s sports industry. It’s the ideal program for students hoping to turn their love of sports into an exciting career.

As a sports management student, you’ll build a detailed understanding of sports governance, finance, marketing, policy, and law. You’ll explore contemporary trends in sports management and consider the key challenges faced by the industry. You’ll develop the knowledge, practical tools, and research skills needed to get a headstart in this fast-paced field.

Studying abroad is one of the best ways to appreciate the scale and power of the global sports industry. It’s also an invaluable opportunity to see firsthand how the running of sport varies between countries and cultures. Alongside gaining a top-quality international education, you’ll travel the world, grow in confidence, and have the experience of a lifetime.

Sports management program structure

At the undergraduate level, you can study sports management as a BA or BSc. Both classifications last a minimum of three years and cover largely the same content, but you’ll probably take more finance and accounting classes if you enroll in a BSc.

Some bachelor’s programs will include an additional 12-month placement during the third year of study. Placements are a terrific way to gather experience, network with professionals, and put what you’ve learned into practice.

If the US is your preferred study abroad destination, you’ll probably select sports management as your major. In the US, all bachelor’s programs require four years of full-time study. You’ll mainly attend general education classes in your first two years, before concentrating on sport-specific modules for the remainder of your program.

If you still want to learn more after completing your bachelor’s, you can pursue a research-based postgraduate qualification. A master’s degree is normally studied over one or two years, whereas a PhD usually lasts five or six years.

Sports management programs blend classroom learning with hands-on experiences. Therefore, your timetable will be structured around lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, practical sessions, and laboratory exercises.

The precise content of sports management programs will vary from university to university. However, most courses will address these fundamental areas:

  • Introduction to sports management
  • Sport management theories
  • Principles of sports marketing
  • Financial accounting for sport
  • The sport and leisure market
  • Sports organizations
  • Sport law
  • Managing sports events

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Sports management study abroad programs

Sports management undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in sports management

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    Sport Management - BSc Fisher College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    31,992 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Business Administration - Sport Management Emphasis - BA/BSc Concord University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    18,186 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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    Business Administration: Concentration in Sports Management - BBA Westcliff University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    14,700 USD
    Start date
    January, March, May, June, August, October
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    International Management with Specialization in Sports Management - BBA Geneva Business School, Switzerland

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    24,900 CHF
    Start date
    February, September
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    Sport Management - BSc Long Island University Post, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Tuition fees per year
    35,736 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Diploma in sports management

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    Sport Management - Dip Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    3 years
    Tuition fees per year
    15,412 CAD
    Start date
    September
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    Sport Administration /Sport Management - Dip Durham College, Canada

    Program type
    Undergraduate diploma
    Duration
    28 months
    Tuition fees per year
    14,992 CAD
    Start date
    September
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Associate in sports management

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    Sports Management - ASc Mohawk Valley Community College, USA

    Program type
    Associate
    Duration
    2 years
    Tuition fees per year
    6,892 USD
    Start date
    January, September
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Sports management graduate programs

Master's in sports management

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    International Management with a specialization in Sports Management - MIM Geneva Business School, Switzerland

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    18 months
    Tuition fees per year
    33,900 CHF
    Start date
    February, September
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    Sport Management - MSc University of Stirling, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    15,950 GBP
    Start date
    September
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    Sport Management - MSc University of Southern Mississippi, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    -
    Tuition fees per year
    10,770 USD
    Start date
    January, August
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    Sports Management (Madrid) - MBA UCAM Universidad Católica de Murcia, Spain

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    11,900 EUR
    Start date
    January
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    Sport: Sport Management - MA/MSc University of Northampton, UK

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    1 year
    Tuition fees per year
    13,750 GBP
    Start date
    January, September
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Future sports management careers

The global sports and leisure industry is booming. Thanks to your degree in sports management, you’ll have the knowledge and expertise needed to excel in several roles across the sector.

Here are some of the exciting and lucrative careers open to you:

  • Sports manager
  • Sports development officer
  • Athletic director
  • Sporting event manager
  • Sports marketer
  • Facilities manager
  • Sports administrator
  • Sports agent

Employers are always on the lookout for highly-experienced graduates who can demonstrate their passion for the field. Participating in some extra work experience will help boost your resume and give you a head start when it comes to find a job.