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.

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Sports Management Coursework

SRMP-2000 Introduction to Sports and Recreation Management

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

SRMP-2010 Legal and Ethical Issues in Sport Recreation Management

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.

SRMP-2020 Social and Historical Foundations of Sports and Recreation Management

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.

SRMP-2030 Managing Lifetime Fitness

A study of health-related fitness and wellness plans; the National Health Objectives; health and physical fitness standards; setting nutrition, dietary and fitness goals; evaluating fitness activities, fitness self assessment. Cross-Listed: KIN-3000.

SRMP-3010 Introduction 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

KIN-4000 Exercise Physiology

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

SRMP-4800 Senior Project: Sports and Recreation Management Capstone

Students will prepare a dynamic professional portfolio. The portfolio may include work experiences, class projects, professional development, and personal experiences highlighting the student’s knowledge, skills and qualities relative to current industry needs and the job market.

Management Coursework

SRMP-3100 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.

OMP-4431 Principles of Management

This course is designed as an introductory study and analysis of the management process from the general manager’s perspective. As such, a broad overview of management topics is undertaken: corporate culture, managing in a global environment, managing ethics and social responsibility, managerial decision-making, organizational design and structure, and motivating employees. The emphasis of the course is on the skills and knowledge needed to successfully manage an organization.

OMP-4440 Human Resource Management

Personnel function, development and organizational structure. Developing job descriptions, personnel planning and forecasting, internal and external recruitment, personnel selection and orientation, legal aspects of personnel. Employee benefits and costs, performance appraisal and discipline, labor relations, unions and negotiation.

OMP-4601 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, budgeting.

OMP-4605 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.

General Education Courses

  • Communication 9 cr
  • Humanities 9 cr
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences, including Macroeconomics 9 cr
  • Natural Sciences, one biological science and one physical science 7-8 cr
  • Mission-specific: Theology 6 cr
  • Mathematics, must be above intermediate algebra 3 cr
  • Health and Wellness, and Multicultural Program Support 5 cr

For a listing of General Education and elective courses, please consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

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.

Looking for a Challenging Career with Variety?

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
  • 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

1. Complete an Online Application

2. Submit All Official College Transcripts

  • Submit of official transcripts from ALL colleges or universities attended.
  • The most recent college transcript must indicate that the student was in good standing and earned at least a 2.0 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale
  • The Admission Committee reserves the right to evaluate applicants on an individual basis or request additional information when prior college transcripts do not reflect a 2.0 cumulative grade-point average.

3. When to Submit a High School Transcript or G.E.D.

  • Fewer than 15 college credits: If an applicant has completed fewer than 15 semester hours of credit in a college or university, or has not completed one semester at full-time status, a final high school transcript with graduation date must be provided.
  • College not regionally accredited: An official high school transcript is also required if the college from which the credit was earned does not have regional accreditation.
  • G.E.D.: Applicants who have not completed high school must provide documentation of successful completion of the G.E.D.

Concordia University Chicago allows you to transfer in up to 67 credit hours from past educational and other experience. This is half the credit you need to graduate.

  • $505 per credit hour + technology fee
  • 128 Total Credit Hours

Concordia University Chicago is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to award baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. All Concordia-Chicago degree programs are approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

Why Accreditation Matters

Institutional accreditation is an indicator of quality. Accreditation is granted to institutions that have gone through comprehensive reviews and have demonstrated strict adherence to accreditation standards in degree programs, courses, faculty, administration, and student support services. The institution must provide high quality education in order to qualify for and receive accreditation.

Accreditation also ensures that courses taken and degrees earned through Concordia University Chicago are transferable to other institutions that are also accredited by an agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Sports Management Coursework

SRMP-2000 Introduction to Sports and Recreation Management
Overview of the primary principles and practices, theories and concepts of sports and recreation administration and program development.
SRMP-2010 Legal and Ethical Issues in Sport Recreation Management
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.
SRMP-2020 Social and Historical Foundations of Sports and Recreation Management
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.
SRMP-2030 Managing Lifetime Fitness
A study of health-related fitness and wellness plans; the National Health Objectives; health and physical fitness standards; setting nutrition, dietary and fitness goals; evaluating fitness activities, fitness self assessment. Cross-Listed: KIN-3000.
SRMP-3010 Introduction 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
KIN-4000 Exercise Physiology
Introduction to exercise psychology. Topics covered include: principles of exercise psychology, transtheoretical model, goal-setting strategies, strategies for increasing exercise adherence, and strategy implementation.
SRMP-4800 Senior Project: Sports and Recreation Management Capstone
Students will prepare a dynamic professional portfolio. The portfolio may include work experiences, class projects, professional development, and personal experiences highlighting the student’s knowledge, skills and qualities relative to current industry needs and the job market.

Management Coursework

SRMP-3100 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.
OMP-4431 Principles of Management
This course is designed as an introductory study and analysis of the management process from the general manager’s perspective. As such, a broad overview of management topics is undertaken: corporate culture, managing in a global environment, managing ethics and social responsibility, managerial decision-making, organizational design and structure, and motivating employees. The emphasis of the course is on the skills and knowledge needed to successfully manage an organization.
OMP-4440 Human Resource Management
Personnel function, development and organizational structure. Developing job descriptions, personnel planning and forecasting, internal and external recruitment, personnel selection and orientation, legal aspects of personnel. Employee benefits and costs, performance appraisal and discipline, labor relations, unions and negotiation.
OMP-4601 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, budgeting.
OMP-4605 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.


General Education Courses

Communication 9 cr
Humanities 9 cr
Social and Behavioral Sciences, including Macroeconomics 9 cr
Natural Sciences, one biological science and one physical science 7-8 cr
Mission-specific: Theology 6 cr
Mathematics, must be above intermediate algebra 3 cr
Health and Wellness, and Multicultural Program Support 5 cr

For a listing of General Education and elective courses, please consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

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.

Looking for a Challenging Career with Variety?

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
  • 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

1. Complete an Online Application

2. Submit All Official College Transcripts

  • Submit of official transcripts from ALL colleges or universities attended.
  • The most recent college transcript must indicate that the student was in good standing and earned at least a 2.0 cumulative grade-point average on a 4.0 scale
  • The Admission Committee reserves the right to evaluate applicants on an individual basis or request additional information when prior college transcripts do not reflect a 2.0 cumulative grade-point average.

3. When to Submit a High School Transcript or G.E.D.

  • Fewer than 15 college credits: If an applicant has completed fewer than 15 semester hours of credit in a college or university, or has not completed one semester at full-time status, a final high school transcript with graduation date must be provided.
  • College not regionally accredited: An official high school transcript is also required if the college from which the credit was earned does not have regional accreditation.
  • G.E.D.: Applicants who have not completed high school must provide documentation of successful completion of the G.E.D.

Concordia University Chicago allows you to transfer in up to 67 credit hours from past educational and other experience. This is half the credit you need to graduate.

  • $505 per credit hour + technology fee
  • 128 Total Credit Hours

Concordia University Chicago is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to award baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. All Concordia-Chicago degree programs are approved by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

Why Accreditation Matters

Institutional accreditation is an indicator of quality. Accreditation is granted to institutions that have gone through comprehensive reviews and have demonstrated strict adherence to accreditation standards in degree programs, courses, faculty, administration, and student support services. The institution must provide high quality education in order to qualify for and receive accreditation.

Accreditation also ensures that courses taken and degrees earned through Concordia University Chicago are transferable to other institutions that are also accredited by an agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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