Sport Management Degree

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Program Description 

Being an all-star athlete is not the only path to a career in sports. The sport management major in Rockhurst University’s exercise, sport and health science department prepares students interested in working for a sports team, organization, college or university for the job of their dreams.

Students taking the sport management major are encouraged to pursue a minor aligned with their goals in order to enhance their professional qualifications. Nonprofit leadership studies, business, journalism and communication are among many suitable choices.

A minor in sport management is also available.

Learning Outcomes 

  • Demonstrate professionally aligned content knowledge in the field of sport
  • Apply expert knowledge in the field of sport to relevant case studies
  • Analyze research in the field of sport management
  • Demonstrate professional dispositions aligned with Rockhurst's Jesuit values in their capstone course field experiences

Prospective Students 

Current Students 


All students in the sport management major are required to successfully complete a full-time one-semester internship. Through 400 hours of hands-on experience in a sports management setting, students put their coursework to use, learn new skills and make professional connections to prepare them for a successful career.

Rockhurst students have completed internships at a variety of agencies, such as:

  • National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)
  • Sporting KC
  • Kansas City T-Bones
  • Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation
  • Digital Ally Open


  • Further study in business (i.e. MBA)
  • Sport/Recreation Facility Coordinator
  • Facilities and Events Coordinator
  • Arena Operations Coordinator
  • Sports Event Coordinator
  • Athletics Media Relations Assistant
  • Assistant Athletic Director
  • Athletics Equipment Coordinator