Undergraduate Major

Sport Management

Take the inside track to an exciting career that combines your passion for sports, entertainment, events, and business.

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Program Overview

Here, you'll gain the skills to compete in the fast-paced, exciting world of sports, entertainment, events, and business.

From day one, you'll learn from professors who are dedicated to shaping the industry and putting you on the inside track to career success. Our professors will share their close relationships with insiders who lead Philadelphia's sports scene, including the Eagles, Flyers, Phillies, Union, Comcast-Spectacor, and NCAA Athletics. Whether you're inside or outside the classroom, expect to learn from and network with these top leaders. You can then count on them for internship and co-op opportunities that will launch your career. By graduation, you'll be a pro — ready to take any organization to the next level.

The School of Business Administration is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). This professional accreditation places Widener among the top one-third of college business schools in the U.S. and Europe.

Program Options

Widener's management major offers four concentrations - human resources, operations, general, or sport management.

The sport management concentration enables students to develop skills in the sales and marketing of sports teams, leagues, brands and products, as well as the planning and management of events for organizations.

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Mission of the School of Business Administration

We prepare students for successful careers and leadership positions in business. We provide a challenging educational environment that promotes lifelong professional and personal growth through service and experiential learning. Our commitment to diversity and ethics inspires our students, faculty, and staff to become proactive and socially responsible citizens. We value scholarship and generate knowledge that is valuable to our professional and business community. We embrace the interests of our stakeholders and engage them in our programs and activities.

Learning Goals & Objectives

Knowledge

SBA students will demonstrate the knowledge that is appropriate to the business discipline.

a) Core business disciplines – Students will demonstrate proficiency in accounting, business law, economics, finance, information systems, international business, management, marketing, operations, and quantitative analysis.

Leadership

SBA students will apply leadership skills in the development of business decisions.

a) Collaboration – Through teamwork, students will demonstrate the ability to collaborate with others to accomplish tasks that lead to decisions.

b) Communication of ideas – Students will demonstrate the ability to prepare and deliver business information with regard to audience and setting.

Application of Concepts and Technologies

SBA students will be competent in the application of core business concepts and technologies.

a) Critical thinking – Through course assignments, students will demonstrate the ability to effectively incorporate both qualitative and quantitative methods in the development of business solutions.

b) Technology – Students will use the appropriate technology in the analysis and development of business solutions.

Social Responsibility

SBA students will utilize social responsibility principles in decision making.

a) Diversity and Multicultural Issues - Students recognize the complexity and interconnectedness of diverse or international groups of businesses, people, and societies through participation in exercises designed to showcase these issues.

b) Ethics and Social Awareness Issues - Students will recognize the ethical, social, and environmental impact of business decisions through participation in exercises designed to showcase these issues.

Prepare for rapid career growth by completing two degrees in five years. When you graduate, you’ll receive a bachelor’s degree in business analytics and a master’s degree in one of several graduate programs in the School of Business Administration.

Explore graduate business degrees.

Combine another major with a sport management minor to enhance your appeal for future employers.

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Program Highlights

Earn a sport management degree from a top business school, taught by faculty and leading executives from some of the world's best sport and entertainment organizations. Expect an experience-rich education.

92%

of undergraduates surveyed after graduation are employed or pursuing a graduate degree

100%

of undergraduate students who participate in a co-op receive job offers

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Real-World Experience in Your Backyard

You'll benefit from not only our industry connections, but our location. We're 3 miles from the Philadelphia Union's home turf and 12 miles from the Eagles, Phillies, and Flyers venues in South Philadelphia. And, Widener is the Union soccer team's official university.

That means you'll be able to take advantage of internships or co-ops with the sports organizations that will distinguish your resume and help launch your career.

Students have recently interned at the Philadelphia UnionBethlehem SteelPhiladelphia EaglesPocono Raceway, and more.

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Our Industry Partners

From the start, you'll benefit from our industry relationships.

You can expect to network with members of our Sport Management Advisory Board - an impressive array of leaders from Dick's Sporting Goods, Comcast-Spectacor, U.S. Olympic Archery, National Lacrosse League, Wilmington Blue Rocks, and more.

They ensure our sport management classes are ahead of industry trends and offer exciting jobs upon graduation and internship and co-op opportunities. They regularly bring students behind the scenes in their stadiums and facilities. They may even teach your classes or help you map out your career future.

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Outside the Classroom

What happens outside the classroom is just as important as what happens inside the classroom.

Our sport management students often join the Student Sport Network and play on Widener's Division III sports teams.

You'll find them working gamedays for area teams, leading athletics-related community service activities, and bringing industry professionals to campus for the biannual Sport Management Speaker Series. Their dedicated to strengthening their communities and building relationships in the world of sports.

Faculty

Learn from professors whose leadership, thinking, and research are shaping the sport management field. Some of our faculty are nationally known for their academic work in economics, law, or management. Others are top-ranked officers in professional sport organizations. Either way, they'll make you the priority.

Brian V. Larson
Professor

"I love connecting Widener students with the many strong leaders in Philadelphia's exciting sports market. Students benefit tremendously from both the networking opportunities and the insider knowledge that comes from these connections."

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

Students like you have graduated from our sport management program and accepted positions with top employers. By making connections and gaining real-world experience, you’ll put yourself in a position to join them.

Recent Employers & Industry Connections

  • Comcast Spectacor
  • Philadelphia Union
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Philadelphia Phillies
  • Philadelphia Flyers
  • Pocono Raceway
  • Wilmington Blue Rocks
  • Wells Fargo Center

Outlook & Outcomes

Potential Careers

  • Game day & event coordinator
  • Facility operations manager
  • Athletics director
  • Sports marketing manager
  • Guest relations manager

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