Top 10 sports management programs

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Top 10 sports management programs
Getting your degree from a top sports management program will elevate you to the top in your field. (students image by dinostock from

The sports industry offers some of the most lucrative and desired jobs in the U.S., but without a Tim Linecum fastball or LeBron James vertical, it is also one of the toughest industries to crack. A first step toward your sports dream job means earning a degree in sports management. Attending a university with an exceptional sports management program can help you turn your love of sports in to a career.

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University of Massachusetts, Amherest

While UMass might not scream "big time sports school," its sports management program is top notch. UMass' program was established in 1971, and its experienced based curriculum has been recognised by "Sports Business Journal" as a leader in the field. It is also one of a select few sports management programs in the U.S. housed in a business school, giving students valuable knowledge of both fields.

University of Massachusetts--Amherst (University Admissions Center) 37 Mather Drive Amherst, MA 01003-9313 413-545-0222

Bowling Green State University

The sports management program at Bowling Green is one of the largest and most diverse programs in the nation, and has received full accreditation by the North American Society of Sport Management, a top governing board in the field.

Bowling Green State University (Admissions) 110 McFall Center Bowling Green, OH 43403 419-372-2478

University of Texas, Austin

Texas pairs its top athletic rankings with some similarly high praise from college ranking services like US News & World Report, who rank the Longhorns as a top 50 school. UT's sports management program is highly competitive and is one of 22 to have its curriculum reviewed and approved by the North American Society of Sport Management.

University of Texas at Austin (Office of Admissions) Main Bldg., Room 7 2400 Inner Campus Drive Austin, TX 78712 512-475-7399

University of South Carolina

South Carolina's sports management program gives its students a unique education as it is the first program of its kind in the nation, combining sports and entertainment management within an outstanding business curriculum.

University of South Carolina--Columbia (Admissions) 902 Sumter St. Access/Lieber College Columbia, SC 29208 803-777-7700

Northwestern Univeristy

Northwestern brings its high academic regard (US News & World Report ranks it as the No. 12 university in the nation) to the sports management field, offering a challenging and comprehensive program taught by some of the most highly regarded professionals in the field.

Northwestern University (Admissions) 633 Clark St. Evanston, IL 60208 847-491-7271

Univeristy of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Michigan is another school that combines top athletics with top academics, making Ann Arbor a perfect environment for sports management students to find experience in the field on campus at their own university. US News & World Report ranks Michigan No. 27 in national universities.

University of Michigan (Admissions) 1220 Student Activities Building 515 E. Jefferson Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316 734-764-7433

University of Central Florida

Though relatively new, Central Florida's unique business concentration with sports management has already received high regard from outlets such as the "Wall Street Journal," "Sports Business Journal" and "ESPN The Magazine."

University of Central Florida 4000 Central Florida Blvd. Orlando, FL 32816 407-823-2000

Univeristy of Oregon

Oregon's sports management program focuses on teaching its students marketing and business principles within the context of sports. The university's strong connections with Nike, the NBA and other industry leaders gives students hands-on opportunities to learn within the field.

University of Oregon 1226 University of Oregon Eugene, OR 97403-1226 800-232-3825

Ohio University

Ohio University receives high praise from, which called its program one of the best three in the nation. Ohio offers a MSA/MBA hybrid, preparing its students for a variety of management level positions in the sports world.

Ohio University (Admissions) 120 Chubb Hall Athens, OH 45701-2979 740-593-4100

University of Connecticut

Like many other schools, UConn combines strong academics and athletics, but the school also boasts another key factor for sports management students: its close proximity and strong relationship with ESPN, which is centred just an hour away from the UConn campus in Bristol, Conn.

University of Connecticut 2131 Hillside Road, Unit 3088 Storrs, CT 06269-3088 860-486-3137

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