Sport Management Emphasis

Sport Management Emphasis

Business, BS

Program Delivery

On Campus

Total Credits

120 Credits

About the Program

Sport Management Emphasis

Turn your passion for sports into a promising career with the UCCS Sport Management Program. Our program is designed to prepare students to enter the thriving and demanding sport management industry and pursue the career of their dreams. The Sport Management Program combines academic excellence with hands-on internship opportunities that fuel the success of our students in the highly competitive sport industry.

Focus of Study

Students at National Collegiate Sport Sales Competition

Our program has been crafted to provide a blend of critical insights together with highly-relevant experiential opportunities to address the varied opportunities and challenges within sport. In particular, we align the opportunities in our program with the dominant sport management sub-sectors including professional sport, collegiate athletics, International and Olympic sport, and recreational sport including youth sport development. To this end, we have well-developed partnerships and opportunities with the Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Mammoth, Colorado Rapids, Team USA, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation, and the 20+ National Governing Bodies of Sport, who are located in Colorado Springs.

Sport Management students are required to engage in field experience opportunities and multiple internships and, as such, are expected to represent themselves and the program with the highest degree of professionalism. 

Program Requirements

UCCS student with Denver Nuggets

Each candidate for the Bachelor of Science-Business degree in the Professional Program must complete the prescribed courses in an area of emphasis comprising a minimum of 18 - 24 semester hours taken at UCCS in addition to the required courses in the Business degree.

To earn a professional area of emphasis, a grade point average of 2.5 is required for the area of emphasis courses, with no grade below a C-; a 2.5 cumulative GPA is required for all business courses; and a 2.0 GPA is required overall. Students who graduate with an area of emphasis and/or business grade point averages from 2.0 to 2.49 will not earn an area of emphasis. All attempts of emphasis courses will be calculated into a student's GPA.

By completing extra courses, a student can earn a second area of emphasis. To earn a double area of emphasis, a student must fulfill all the requirements for both areas. If there are not at least 15 hours of unique courses in the areas, then the student cannot earn a double area of emphasis.

The Sport Management program is classified as a program of distinction with restricted and limited enrollments. In order to gain admission to the Sport Management program, applicants must first be admitted to the College of Business and specify their interest in the Sport Management program through the application process.

Sport Management students are required to engage in field experience opportunities and multiple internships and, as such, are expected to represent themselves and the program with the highest degree of professionalism. Internships/practicums are not guaranteed or awarded. Students work with the program’s Internship Coordinator to identify opportunities and prepare to compete for positions.

For details on degree requirements, please visit the Academic Catalog.

Program Coursework

  • SPTM 1000 - Introduction to Sport Management
  • SPTM 2000 - Principles of Sport Law
  • SPTM 2350 - Sport Science for Sport Administrators
  • SPTM 4200 - Researching Critical Issues in Sport Management
  • SPTM 4300 - Sport Facility and Event Management
  • MKTG 4510 - Sport Marketing
Field Experience
  • SPTM 2960 - Pre-internship and Professional Development
  • SPTM 3960 - Internship in Sport Management
  • SPTM 4960 - Internship in Sport Management 

* SPTM 3970 - Project Based Learning in Sport Management may be used in place of SPTM 3960 or SPTM 4960. Students interested in pursuing this experience should speak with the department directly.

* To access SPTM 2960, SPTM 3960, and SPTM 4960, students must have a CU cumulative 3.0 GPA. If GPA is lower than 3.0 student will be subject to further review.

Elective Courses (select 3 from the following)
  • SPTM 4150 - Sport Sales and Analytics
  • SPTM 4250 - International & Olympic Sport Development
  • SPTM 4450 - Collegiate Athletic Administration
  • Sport Management students must take a minimum of two from SPTM 4150, SPTM 4250, or SPTM 4450. 
  • ECON 3800 (The Economics of US Professional Sport) or any elective 3000 or 4000 level class offered by the College of Business.

To enhance the emphasis in sport management students can take SPTM 4150, SPTM 4250, and SPTM 4450 as their sport management electives and take ECON 3800 as an open elective. To enhance your focus in a particular area of business, students can take a specific 3000 or 4000 level elective class as well as their BUS elective class in a range of specific topics such as leadership, HR, services marketing, digital marketing, and marketing research.  

For details on program coursework, please visit the Academic Catalog.

Colorado Partnerships

Proud partner with:
Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rapids






The UCCS Sport Management program is a proud official partner of the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, and Colorado Rapids. This partnership allows select students to gain exposure to the world of professional sports through innovative student-focused opportunities to partner with and learn from Kroenke Sports & Entertainment executives. 

Sport Management Activities Committee

The Sport Management Activities Council (S.M.A.C.) is a student led organization that is closely involved in organizing many of these events created to foster camaraderie, experiential learning and have fun! Through S.M.A.C., UCCS Sport Management students have organized intramural sports teams, planned ski trips, and group outings to a variety of pro and collegiate sporting events.  In addition to the fun events, S.M.A.C. hosts several guest speakers from the sports industry each semester to provide our students with an inside look and promote networking opportunities. All students are required to attend a majority of these events each semester.

Admission Details

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To learn more about admission requirements and the UCCS undergraduate application process, please visit the UCCS Admissions page.

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