Sport Management | Winthrop University

Sport Management

Bachelor of Science

Winthrop University offers an interdisciplinary Sport Management degree with an exciting program that will benefit students with an interest in the ever-growing business of sport. Students enrolled in the program pursue the Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management, preparing them for careers in the $410 billion sports industry. The undergraduate sport management offers professional preparation in the application of business principles to the sport industry.

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Potential Employers

Some of the graduates of this program have gone on to work for:

  • ABC Carolinas Chapter
  • Aerotek
  • Apex Systems
  • Augusta University
  • BK Medical
  • BMC - Building Materials and Construction Services
  • City of Rock Hill, SC
  • Footaction
  • GrandSouth Bank
  • Greenville County Schools
  • Kiawah Island Golf Resort
  • Lexington County Recreation & Aging Commission
  • Piedmont Medical Center
  • PMA USA (Performance Matters Associates, Inc.)
  • Renkim Corporation
  • SeatGeek
  • Set Financial Corporation
  • St. David's HealthCare
  • The Hartford
  • U.S. Postal Inspection Service

Career Paths

Graduates of this program have gone on to become:

  • Assistant Manager
  • COO
  • Co-Owner
  • Director of Business Development, SE
  • Director, Consulting Services
  • Executive Assistant
  • Graduate Assistant Coach
  • Industrial Recruiter
  • Insurance Producer
  • Maintenance Supervisor
  • Marketing Specialist
  • Outdoor Education Instructor
  • Postal Inspector
  • Project Manager
  • Recreation Leader
  • Regional Director
  • Retail Sales Manager
  • Sales Coordinator
  • Security Monitor Dispatcher
  • Training Consultant

Top Industries

Many of the graduates of this program find themselves working in:


  1. Sports
  2. Higher Education
  3. Information Technology and Services
  4. Financial Services
  5. Hospital & Health Care
  6. Staffing and Recruiting
  7. Government Administration
  8. Automotive
  9. Construction
  10. Events Services

Curriculum and Learning Opportunities

Students will complete a degree program that include courses in the business aspects of sport in intercollegiate and professional sports, sports analytics, sport law, facility management, event management, sport marketing, and sport finance.


Why Winthrop?

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Unique Opportunities

Winthrop's sport management program is the only one of its kind in the Charlotte metropolitan region and one of only two in the state of South Carolina.

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Nationally Accredited

The sport management degree program at Winthrop University has received specialized accreditation through the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) located in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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Real World Experience

Professional development and internship opportunities give our students the experience they need to stand out in a competitive field.

Hear From Our Students and Faculty

Beyond Graduation

"With the sports industry being so competitive, it is important to graduate with the skills needed to be successful. The Sport Management program at Winthrop couples a great curriculum with knowledgeable faculty to prepare students for success. The time I spent at Winthrop gave me the learning experience I was looking for. Not only was I receiving a great education, I was also able to take advantage of getting involved with a Division I sports program. Also, with Winthrop's close proximity to Charlotte, the students have ample opportunities to gain valuable experience working in the industry while attending classes. The curriculum gives the students a great overview of the different paths they can pursue in the sports industry. Courses such as Sport Marketing, Sport Law, and Facilities/Event management truly prepared me for my career and opened my eyes to different areas of sport that I had never thought about. My time at Winthrop was invaluable and I recommend this program to anyone who is passionate about working in sports."

Ryan Petrus, sports management alum
Amy Rundio

Amy Rundio
Sport Management, Class of 2009

"I loved the opportunities it provided for students; particularly the small class sizes. They allowed for a lot of opportunities to get to know faculty and learn from them. Students have unique talents, skills, knowledge and perspectives that can make Winthrop even better… I think my fondest moments come from being able to support my friends through their dance shows, plays, athletic events and more. It was so easy and rewarding to be involved in the Winthrop community and fun to support others."

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