Frequently Asked Questions

What is Sport Management?!

Sport Management is a business degree with a focus on managing sport, exercise and fitness. It is the business side of sport and the Sport Management B.S. prepares students to work in the exciting and dynamic world of sport business! The Sport Management industry is constantly growing and changing and we prepare students to plan and manage sport experiences in a variety of private, public, and commercial setting such as professional sport teams, college sport athletic departments, sport facilities/arenas, health and fitness organizations, sport tourism and many others!

What is the curriculum in the Sport Management major?

The Minnesota State University, Mankato Sport Management major bases our curriculum on the highest standards in the industry. Weprepare students with sport business concepts that enhance skills and knowledge in the following areas: management, marketing, promotions, communications, personal and product liability, negligence and risk management, public relations, consumer behavior, facilities, finance, public speaking, and much more.

Why choose a Sport Management major at Minnesota State University Mankato?

The Minnesota State Mankato Sport Management Program is one of the oldest programs in the nation with over 40 years old. It has a strong tradition of academic excellence and is recognized as one of the nation's leading Sport Management Programs. Currently, the Minnesota State University, Mankato Sport Management Program comprises the greatest number of Human Performance undergraduate and graduate students of any single program within the department. Minnesota State University, Mankato is located near the Minneapolis, St. Paul area, which offers a wide variety of internship and partnership opportunities. These internships may range from working with a professional sport organization, assisting a college or high school athletic department, health & fitness centers, youth sports and many more opportunities.

How is your program different from other Sport Management programs?

Our program emphasizes hand’s on learning and getting real world experience! Getting a job in this industry is all about obtaining as much experience as possible prior to graduation. We build your experiences not just through internships, but through developing real events, working with real sport businesses, service learning opportunities in sport and getting out into the field. Through these experiences students receive professional preparation that develops them into competitive sport business leaders.

Why should I choose your program?

We have worked to incorporate a number of High Impact Practices within our curriculum, which are teaching and learning practices that have been widely tested to benefit college students the most. These High Impact Practices are particularly important as they are active learning practices that contribute to students learning. Examples include first-year seminars, common intellectual experiences, writing intensive courses, collaborative assignments, ePortfolios, service learning, diversity/global learning, internships and opportunities for undergraduate research.

Where do your alumni work?

With a program over 40 years old we have an extensive alumni network! Our alumni work across the nation for companies such as:

  • Minnesota Vikings
  • Life Time Fitness
  • Northern Illinois University
  • SportsEngine
  • Minnesota Timberwolves
  • National Sports Center
  • Visit Eau Claire – Sports Commission
  • USA Triathalon
  • Sports Radar
  • Twin Cities Orthopedics (Sport Marketing)
  • Minnesota Wild
  • North Dakota State University
  • The Northern Sun Conference
  • Omaha Sport Properties
  • Minnesota Hockey
  • San Jose Sharks
  • Learfield Sport
  • Cambria (Youth Sport Marketing)
  • YMCA
  • Plattsburgh State University
  • Minnesota State University Mankato
  • Minnesota United
  • Mankato MoonDogs