Program Description


The study of sport management will prepare you for a wide variety of exciting career options in the diverse field of sport industry.

A degree in Sport Management may lead you to a career in minor or major league sport management or marketing, working as an administrator in college or high school sports, owning or managing a sport business, or working in facility and event management, the fastest-growing sector in the field.

Our Program

With one of the top Sport Management programs in the five-state region, students are attracted to our sport-specific curriculum. Designed to meet COSMA accreditation requirements, we offer a multidisciplinary approach that will give you a broad background in all aspects of the industry, including management and leadership, ethics, marketing, communications, budget and finance, legal aspects, economics and governance.

Practical Experience

A 400-hour internship at the heart of our program is where you will gain invaluable experience working in the management setting that best fits your career aspirations. Our students have held internships in all segments and levels of the industry — from close to home with local sport businesses to interning abroad with professional sport teams and organizations.

In addition to the internship, our students gain ongoing practical experience with event and facilities management through the Department of Campus Recreation and BSU Athletics, working with every sports team on campus, so that by the time they graduate they will have multiple professional experiences to reference.

Career Options

Developing a personal network is a key element in finding employment in the sports industry. You’ll have a head start building a network through your internship experience, by attending state and national professional conferences, and by joining professional organizations all during your undergraduate education. We’ll guide you and give you the opportunity to gain the background and experiences you need to stand out.

About Bemidiji State University

Bemidji State University serves over 5,300 students in undergraduate, graduate and online degree programs. Our core philosophy is built upon a commitment to environmental stewardship, community service and global understanding. You’ll see that commitment in what we teach and in what we do. Located on the western shore of Lake Bemidji, our north woods campus reminds us daily of the need to be in tune with our world. Similarly, the American Indian culture of our region beckons us to begin our global journey by understanding our past as we prepare for the future.