Sport Management

Team Dynamics

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree and minor in Sport Management is for students who want to live in the world of sports business. Students can choose Marketing or Administration as their concentration area of study.

In the U.S. today, the sport industry fuels the economy with more than $200 billion annually. Applying management principles to the business of sports continues to be a challenge.

What many fail to consider is the ethical aspect of sport management, as well as marketing and sales. Become a strong influencer for Christ on the playing fields and in the boardrooms and offices across our country.

At Olivet, students will design marketing proposals for local sport businesses, youth sport programs, and athletic teams. To complete their required internship, students work with organizations such as the Chicago Bears, who practice on Olivet’s campus every summer for their Training Camp. Recently, students have completed internships with the professional soccer team Chicago Fire, Disney World, churches that offer sport ministry programs, minor league teams like the Joliet Jackhammers, YMCA, high school and college athletic programs, and recreational organizations that offer a variety of services to the public.

Students take more than 20 hours of courses in business administration to prepare them for working with a professional sport organization. Students will be taught ethical standards and practices of working as a Christian in the industry.

Sport Management Careers

Managing director, General manager, Program coordinator, Director, Manager, Operations manager, Box office manager, Booking agent, Recruiter, Scout, Public relations officer, Contract specialist, Agent, Athletic director, Compliance specialist, Sport ministry director

By the Numbers
student-to-faculty ratio
network of Olivet alumni
certified athletic trainers on staff at Olivet
years of Chicago Bears Training Camp on campus

Holistic Health

At Olivet, degree programs are grounded in wholeness and wellness. Professors teach from the perspective of the wellness wheel with the spiritual dimension at the hub. Students gain a Christian focus and mindset with countless opportunities to grow in their personal faith and to experience that integration into everything they learn.

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Internships are a way for students to extend their learning experience as they approach the end of their degree programs. Companies and organizations that have provided these opportunities for our students include: Chicago Bears, Joliet Jackhammers (minor league baseball team), YMCA, Chicago First Church of the Nazarene’s sport ministry and many more.

Career Services

“Olivet has an excellent and very demanding exercise and sports science program. At Olivet, I was doing things my sophomore year that interns from other schools didn’t do until they were juniors. My goal was to work in a professional sports setting. Olivet prepared me to accomplish that goal.”

Micah Gerhart ’12, assistant athletic trainer, NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles

Exercise and Sports Science with a Christian Purpose

The best way to see if Olivet is a good fit for you is to visit the campus. We offer unique, customized visit days every weekday, and special Purple & Gold days, too, where you can get up close at all things ONU.

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