Business Sport Management

The Sport Management program at Methodist University prepares graduates for career success in the dynamic and growing profession of sport management. Students complete our innovative business core curriculum, which provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities that are essential to successful business careers. In addition, our specialized sport management major gives students the education and training demanded by the continually expanding sport industry. The sport management major is ideal for anyone who desires a career in sport marketing, events management, athletic administration, or facilities management, but also seeks the general business preparation for other career opportunities.

Our Former Students are employed in virtually every segment of the sport industry: Professional sports, media and communications operations, college athletic departments, high school athletic departments, sport marketing, charitable and youth organizations, country clubs, health and fitness businesses, and many others.


The mission of the Sport Management (SMA) Program at Methodist University is to provide a professional and comprehensive education in the classroom, combined with real-world opportunities through internships, to produce future leaders of the sport industry.  


  1. Train and mentor the next generation of scholars for careers in the sport management profession.
  2. Provide foundational and professional classroom education, combined with real-world opportunities.
  3. Produce future organizational managers, and global citizens, for sport careers and beyond.

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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

Dr. Greg Combs

Professor of Sport Management
(910) 630-7660

Dr. Denny Scruton

Associate Professor of Sport Management
(910) 480-8453
Lauren Zimmer, Reeves School of Business Internship & Experiential Learning Director

Lauren Zimmer

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

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