Business Sport Management

The Sport Management major is designed to prepare students for entry level management positions related to sport and entertainment. Students who choose a major in Sport Management are qualified for entry level management positions in marketing and sales for professional and minor league sport teams, sales and management for sporting goods companies, event management and marketing for sport facilities and arenas. Previous Business Sport Management majors have completed internships and gained employment with organizations such as the New Orleans Saints, Washington Redskins, New York Mets, Washington Nationals and Florida Marlins.

The Department of Sport Management offers a major, concentration and a minor program. Students studying Sport Management can choose from a variety of courses.


The mission of the Sport Management (SMA) Program at Methodist University is to prepare students for careers as entry-level sport managers and to promote sport management excellence in the region.


  1. To develop communication skills (written and oral) for students to be prepared for the professional work environment within the sport industry.
  2. To increase the student’s awareness and appreciation for community engagement through service learning projects.
  3. To prepare students for future employment within their chosen career path through international work experiences (internships).

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The Reeves School of Business is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) to offer the following degrees: the Professional Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) with a focus in Organizational Management and Leadership, the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Accounting, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Financial Economics, Management, Marketing, and Sport Management.  Additionally, a minor in Accounting; Business Administration; Entrepreneurship; Financial Economics; Human Resource Management; International Business; Management; Marketing; Professional Tennis Management; Resort, Club, and Hospitality Management; and Sport Management is accredited.  Finally, a B.S. degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Financial Economics or Marketing with a PGA Golf Management Concentration; Professional Tennis Management; Resort, Club, and Hospitality Management; and Sport Management Concentration is accredited.

Requirements for the major in Business Sport Management

Foundation Core

18 s.h. of Reeves School of Business foundation courses (ACC 2510, ACC 2530, BUS 2160, ECO 2610, and ECO 2620)

Professional Core

15 s.h. of Reeves School of Business upper level requirements (BUS 3320, BUS 3430, BUS 3520, BUS 4700, and MKT 2510)

Additional Requirements

SMA 1010, 3220, 4210, 4220, 4230, 4500, 4900, plus any 6 s.h. of the following electives: BUS 3540, SMA 1100, 1700, 2010, 2250, 2700, 3210, 3360, 3400, 3450, 3500, 3700, 4250, 4850, and 4990

Requirements for the concentration in Business Sport Management

21 s.h.—SMA 1010, 1700, 2700; SMA 3210 or 3360 or 3450 or 3500 or BUS 4850 (Dartfish Tagging) or 3910 or MKT 4550; SMA 3220, 3700, 4210, and BUS 3540.

Available as a concentration in the following Reeves School of Business majors:

Requirements for the minor in Business Sport Management

18 s.h.—BUS 3430; MKT 2510; SMA 1010, 3220, 4210, 4220

Program Faculty & Staff

Greg Combs, Professor of Sport Management

Greg Combs, Ed.D.

Professor of Sport Management
(910) 630-7660
Lauren Zimmer, Reeves School of Business Internship & Experiential Learning Director

Lauren Zimmer

RSB Internship & Experiential Learning Director
(910) 630-7243

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