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Sport Administration BA/BS

Get the skills and knowledge you need to have a successful career in sports. From coaching to marketing, gain experience that will help you thrive in this competitive industry.

Why Major in Sport Administration? 

Love sports? Whether you're a dedicated athlete, an enthusiast or simply someone who loves the game, a major in Sport Administration could be your ticket to an exhilarating and fulfilling career. Here are reasons why you should consider majoring in Sport Administration at Belmont University:

Expert Faculty and Prime Location: At Belmont, we've assembled a team of experienced faculty who are dedicated to helping you succeed in the world of sports. Located in the heart of Nashville, one of the nation's most vibrant sports markets, we offer an unparalleled opportunity to immerse yourself in the industry.

Access to Pro Sports Organizations: Our Sport Administration program is deeply connected to the sports scene in Nashville. You'll have the chance to collaborate with local organizations such as the NFL's Tennessee Titans, NHL's Nashville Predators, MLS’ Nashville SC, MiLB’s Nashville Sounds and the Ohio Valley Conference—not to mention our 17 NCAA Division I Belmont Athletic teams—on projects, research and internships. This hands-on experience will provide you with valuable insights and networking opportunities that can jumpstart your career.

Comprehensive Curriculum: Our program covers all the essential aspects of the sports industry, including sociocultural dimensions, management and leadership, ethics, communication, finance and the legal aspects of sports. You'll gain a well-rounded understanding of the field, equipping you with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in this dynamic industry.

Real-World Experience: At Belmont, we believe in learning by doing. Our program combines classroom learning with practical experience, ensuring that you graduate with the hands-on skills required to succeed in your dream sports career. Whether it's through internships, projects or collaborations with local sports organizations, you'll be well-prepared for the challenges of the industry.

Diverse Career Opportunities: A major or minor in Sport Administration opens doors to a wide range of career opportunities in the sports world. Whether you aspire to be a sports manager, event coordinator, marketing specialist, or work in sports finance, our program provides a solid foundation for your chosen path.

World-Class Education: With our top-notch faculty, comprehensive curriculum and strong connections to the Nashville sports market, Belmont's Sport Administration program offers a world-class education in this exciting field. You'll be part of a supportive community that is dedicated to your success.

Graduate Studies: For those looking to further their education, we offer a Master of Sport Administration program, allowing you to continue your journey and expand your knowledge in the sports industry.

Turn your passion for sports into a rewarding career. Join us and take the first step towards an exciting future in the world of sports administration.

What You'll Learn 

  • Management and leadership
  • Ethics and sociocultural dimensions of sport
  • Sport finance
  • Sport legal issues
  • Sports production
  • Organizational communication

Career Possibilities

  • Event Operations
  • Sponsorships
  • Athletic Department
  • Law
  • Communications
  • Marketing

Program Details


The Sport Administration program prepares students to become practitioners in this unique field by engaging them in real-world experiences. Reflecting the diversity of the profession, Sport Administration is an interdisciplinary degree with elective course work in Communication Studies, Media Studies, and Public Relations, as well as core Sport Administration classes endorsed by the North American Society for Sport Management and the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation. The program provides hands-on engagement through internship and capstone experiences.

  • BELL core requirements: 53 hours
  • Major requirements: 33 hours
  • Sport Administration Required courses: 24 hours
  • Elective Courses: 9 hours
  • Minor requirements: 18 hours

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Courses You'll Take

  • SAM 2010. Introduction to Sport Administration
    Introduction to the multiple facets of the sport industry. The knowledge gained in this course will provide a foundation for the future study of the industry.
  • SAM 2020. Sport in Society
    This course explores the contemporary issues in sport and the impact sport has on society. Topics that will be critically analyzed include children and sport, sport and education, gender and racial issues, and deviance in sports.
  • SAM 3100. Legal Aspects of Sport
    Introduction to important legal aspects when managing sport. The course examines common legal concepts in addition to case studies to learn from the experiences of various sport organizations in managing legal issues.
  • SAM 3210. Principles of Sport Finance
    This course examines the financial and accounting principles and practices and their application in for-profit and nonprofit sport organizations. Topics include revenue and expenses, issues impacting revenue and expenses, budgeting methods, economic impact, and methods of funding for-profit and nonprofit sport organizations and programs.
  • SAM 3400. Sport Leadership
    Focuses upon the leadership, legal, and governance elements of sport organizations. Topics covered in the course include leadership theory, ethical decision-making, human resource management, policy development, and budget planning.
  • SAM 4000. Sport Administration Internship
    This course allows students opportunities to experience real-life sports management situations “in the field.” Internships are cooperatively sponsored by participating partners. The course approach and content can be designed to match the needs of the sponsor with the desires of the student, as the student gets hands-on opportunities to participate in the practical application of the sports management concepts and principles studied in the classroom. Normally taken during senior year.
  • SAM 4030. Sport Administration Capstone
    This course allows students to critically reflect on their progression through the program and coursework to this point as well as completely prepare them for professional placement in the industry. Must be taken during senior year.
  • SAM 3500. Globalization of Sport
    The intent of this course is to develop student understanding of the global impact of sport. The overall objectives is to examine the ways in which sport has developed internationally and influenced culture, economics, nationalism, and social values. The class will dissect various aspects of international sports such as governing bodies, events, politics, racism, gender equality, global sport industry, media evolutions, and career opportunities. This course will give students the ability to process, analyze, and articulate the expansion of sport on a global level.

  • Belmont Sport Administration Club: This group of students provides opportunities for professional growth, development, and networking in the sports industry. All majors are welcome!

Alumni Testimonials

Rachel Boorse

“While at Belmont, I got to intern with the Nashville Predators as their Digital Content Intern. I got to interview and write feature stories on players and other individuals in the organization as well as edit the website. Having a portfolio of work and the ability to use specific industry related systems definitely helped me land my current position.”

Rachel Boorse Class of 2023

Communications & Content Graduate Assistant, Vegas Golden Knights

Austin Smalling

"Belmont University has given me an amazing opportunity during my years here. The Sport Administration department has allowed me to further connections throughout Nashville and given me a chance to break into the world of college athletics. From studying abroad to my internships, the chances to learn and grow have been endless here at Belmont. You are in the best city in the world and surrounded by the best professors. Professors that will continuously invest in you want to see you succeed. Belmont has allowed me to grow professionally, spiritually, and mentally. I will always be grateful for the amazing connections I have made here at Belmont."

 Austin Smalling, Class of 2023

Emma Sneed

Student Testimonial

"The Sport Administration program here at Belmont is truly special and one of a kind. The professors are some of the best I've had, and I've even traveled to two countries with them for study abroad! Our professors are extremely well-connected in the Tennessee sport world and are always willing to help you get more experience and internships. I have been able to have so many impactful and beneficial opportunities to help me with my future career in sports through this program."

 Emma Sneed, Class of 2024

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