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Study Format

  • Online

Program Length

  • 122 Credit Hours
  • 88 Transfer

Pathway to MA

  • BA to MA

Application Deadlines

Jul, 01

Summer II 2021 application due

2nd 8-week term starts July 6, 2021

Jun, 30

Fall 2021 application due

2nd 8-week term starts July 6, 2021

Sports and Recreation Management involves the administration, marketing and promotion, and making financial and human resource decisions in sport and fitness organizations. Occupations in this field include: collegiate and professional sport administrators including athletic directors, managers, and general managers, sports agents, recreation center directors, youth sport directors, as well as coaches, scouts, and strength and conditioning directors. The field of sports and recreation management encompasses implementation of skills that serve in event and facility coordination and management as well as managing resources for not-for-profit and for-profit organizations. Sports and recreation management professionals must have an understanding of basic sport law and ethics, finance, accounting, market and management in a sport-specific climate.  

Find your place in a high-growth career field

Employment of sport and recreation management professionals is projected to grow 10% from 2018-2024 which is faster than the average for all professions. The continued need for sports and recreation is expected to lead to new openings. As the popularity of youth, high-school, collegiate, and professional sports continues to grow at an exponential rate worldwide, demand for professionals in a variety of capacities will continue to be in demand. Moreover, an increasing demand for recreational facilities for a large baby-boom population has significantly increased the need for more recreation facilities and personnel for a diverse population.

The value of earning a degree

An undergraduate program in Sports and Recreation Management provides students with a fundamental understanding of basic business principles including: accounting, finance, marketing, and management as well as how to apply these fundamentals into the sport and recreation environment. At an undergraduate level, students will be equipped to play a pivotal role in setting the tone of an organization. Pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Sports and Recreation Management is a prudent career move for professionals seeking to develop their decision-making, leadership, verbal communication, and management skills to help advance overall organizational objectives. Adult professionals will expand career strategies in preparation for managerial opportunities in the sports and recreation management market and will realize a solid return on their tuition investment.

What you'll learn

The foundational courses in the program will educate students in all areas of the business curriculum and prepare them to enter the workplace as a strategic thinking sports and recreation management professional. Students will gain knowledge in aspects of sports and recreation management to include sports and recreation events and facilities management, sports marketing, legal and ethical issues, human resource management, and sport psychology. The degree requirements will allow students to understand organizational needs, market and promote their organization, develop a greater understanding and application of sports and recreation management principles, and establish a professional work atmosphere.

Benefits of the BA in Sports and Recreation Management

  • Obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Sports and Recreation Management allows the sports and recreation professional to one day work in an administrative, management or leadership position.
  • A bachelor’s degree is a must if one wants to progress into a management position within sports and recreation.
  • Students will experience all areas in the field to become strategic thinkers while implementing the values of the organization.
  • Today’s sports and recreation management professionals must continue to learn and develop professionally, by keeping up to date with the changing landscape of sports and recreations and enhancing their skill set, leading to the need to complete a bachelor’s degree.
  • A bachelor’s degree can be a stepping stone to graduate school unlocking more promising job opportunities in sports and recreation.

A faculty with hands-on, field-tested experience

Concordia-Chicago’s Sports and Recreation Management core faculty has extensive experience in the field of sports and recreation along with the requisite certifications/credentials. Faculty come from all subspecialties of sports and recreation including but not limited to collegiate and professional sports administration, sports agencies, recreation directors, personal training, strength and conditioning management, not-for-profit recreation agencies and more.

A pathway to achievement

Triton College 3+1: Sports and Recreation Management is a pathway to accelerated Master's degree programs, including:  

Advantages of Concordia-Chicago’s online accelerated degree program

Our advisors create a specialized program plan to accommodate the needs of each individual student, allowing you to earn your degree in as little as 16 months, depending on the number of transfer credits accepted at the time of your admission:

  • Flexible scheduling
  • Accelerated courses
  • Major courses are 5 weeks long
  • 100% online (no set time to be online)
  • Access to learning from anywhere in the world

Program Information

Readings in Redemptive History

Selected readings in the Old and New Testament with emphasis upon the problem of evil and God’s plan of redemption in the Gospel of Christ. Application to the structures and relationships of the workplace, the home and the broader communities of everyday living.

Intro to Sports and Recreation

Overview of the primary principles and practices, theories and concepts of sports and recreation administration and program development.

Legal and Ethical Issues in Sports and Recreation Administration 

Introduces critical concepts and challenges involving legal and ethical issues in sports and recreation industry. An exploration and examination of the various roles of regulation, compliance, government intervention, liability, contracts and antitrust issues and their ethical responsibilities and ramifications. 

Sociological and Historical Foundations of Sports and Recreation 

A topical study of the social and historical significance of sport and leisure in human history ranging from Greco-Roman history through the present; examination of the role and influence of sport in major social and cultural developments. 

Intro to Facilities and Events Management 

Introductory consideration of facilities and events management issues such as event scheduling, finance and profitability, personnel and equipment oversight as well as liability and risk management concerns in sports and recreation settings. 

Systems Approach to Organizational Change 

Nature and meaning of systems, boundaries and environments, mission statement, organizational structures, relationships, rewards, power and procedures. Diagnosing problems in organizations. Preparing for, implementing and managing change. 

Managerial Accounting 

Financial tools for managers in decision-making: financial statements, bookkeeping process, financial statement analysis, statement of cash flow, internal cost concepts, present value concepts, and budgeting.

Managerial Marketing

Basic marketing theory and terminology. Analyze real-world cases exploring domestic and international marketing opportunities and problems. Identify and evaluate critical marketing data.

Exercise Psychology

Introduction to exercise psychology. Topics covered include: principles of exercise psychology, trans-theoretical model, goal setting strategies, strategies for increasing exercise adherence, and strategy implementation.

Sports and Recreation Marketing

The Sports and Recreation Marketing course includes brand marketing, pricing, sales, sponsorship marketing, promotions, and electronic media marketing in collegiate and professional sports and recreation environments.

Sports and Recreation Capstone

Students will complete either a sport or recreation management internship or prepare a dynamic professional portfolio which highlights the student’s knowledge, skills, and qualities relative to current industry needs.

Admission Requirements

  • AS degree awarded on Triton College transcript
  • Must have a GPA of 2.0 or above on most recent transcript
  • Successful completion (Grade C or above) of English Composition I
  • Resume
  • All official transcripts from regionally accredited institutions, if applicable

Career Possibilities

Explore the wide variety of challenging employment opportunities that relate to Sports and Recreation Management: 

  • Athletic director
  • Collegiate and professional sport ticket manager
  • Collegiate and professional sport events manager
  • Collegiate and professional sport facilities manager
  • Collegiate and professional sport business manager
  • Professional sports general manager
  • Collegiate and professional sport coach
  • Professional sports agent
  • Collegiate and professional sport strength and conditioning director
  • Collegiate and professional sport strength and conditioning coach
  • Recreation director
  • Recreation counselor
  • Fitness club manager
  • Personal trainer

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