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Sport Management Major

Follow your passion for sports! The Sport Management major is a perfect fit if you want to learn management skills that will lead you to occupational opportunities in the sports and recreational industry. You'll combine the knowledge you gain in several majors, such as business administration, health promotion and physical education.

The curriculum, dedicated faculty and experiential learning enable students to develop content knowledge, professional dispositions, ethical-decision making, reflective thinking and written and oral communication skills. These skills will carry you forward as you prepare to be an agent of change in the sport business industry through graduate studies, professional opportunities and your personal life.


  • The program combines sport-specific coursework with a solid business focus.
  • Internships and work opportunities with Des Moines-based professional sports leagues, colleges and universities.
  • Faculty with extensive experience in professional and collegiate sport who are committed to student success and preparation.
  • Des Moines was ranked the No. 1 minor league sports market in America by Sport Business Journal, the premiere sport business source.
Jobs with Sport Management Degree

The sporting and recreation industry continues to see unparalleled growth. Your experience at Grand View and the opportunities in the Des Moines area will prepare you for an exciting career in:

  • Professional Sport Teams and Leagues
  • Collegiate Athletic Departments
  • Amateur Sport Organizations and Federations
  • Private Club Sports
  • Municipal Parks and Recreation Departments
  • Community and Youth Sport Agencies
  • Corporate and Industrial Sport Programs
  • City and Community Sport Commissions
  • Private and Public Facility Management
  • Military Sport Programs
  • Sport Marketing and Consulting Firms
  • Sporting Goods and Apparel Companies
  • Sport Media
  • Event Management Companies
  • Corporate Sponsorship Departments

What Can I Do With This Major?

Course Requirements
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GV Degree Combinations

You may also be interested in one or more of the following:

Awards and Accomplishments

Dr. Scott Bull • 20 years of experience in professional sport, working 16 years in the National Football League as well as in minor league baseball and hockey. He has presented research on sport management internships at the Annual Conference for the North American Society for Sport Management.  

Mark Slavich • Joins Grand View with experience at Division 1 collegiate athletic departments, working in sports information and athletic communications. He has conducted research with minor league baseball teams and has presented research extensively at several National conferences.

Recent graduates are in exciting positions in sport, including Drew Schneider, Recruiting Coordinator-compliance at the Iowa State Athletic Department; Austin Strawhacker, Director of the Bulldog Club at Drake University; and Haleigh Biancalana, Event Manager at the Iowa Events Center.

Is Sport Management the Right Fit for You?

The Sport Management Major is for people who have a real interest in the business of sports. When you go to a football or baseball game, you’ll see a much larger “food chain” around it. You’ll learn the workings of the stadium, concessions, ticketing, marketing, equipment, turf management and every other aspect of the sports or venues you serve. The Sport Management degree will enable you to have a fulfilling career in the sports field without having to be an athlete.

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