Sport Management

The Sport Management major is designed to prepare students for careers in the management, marketing, and administration of sport programs in educational settings, sport business, or the entertainment industry. The degree consists of 120 total hours of coursework with required courses such as sport law, structure and organization of sport programs, revenue and budgeting in sport, and sport and event promotion. In addition, the degree requires students to complete a semester-long internship with an organization in the sport or entertainment industries. Some students choose to continue their education through graduate studies in sport management, law, and business. Admission to the degree is competitive and requires a separate, formal application by the student.

Program prerequisites:

All students who are interested in the Sport Management major must complete the following courses in order to be eligible to apply to the program.

  • A UT Austin writing component
  • Three semester hours of Economics (301, 304k or 304L)
  • KIN 312M - Management of Physical Activity & Sports Programs (a grade of “B-” or better is required starting Spring 2015)
  • KIN 347 - Historical & Ethical Issues in Physical Culture and Sports (a grade of “B-” or better is required starting Spring 2015)

Completion of the prerequisites does not guarantee acceptance to the program.

Program application:

In order to apply to the Sport Management major, students must have a 2.5 minimum GPA, have completed or currently be completing the prerequisites listed above and must submit a resume. Please note that the actual cutoff for the GPA may be considerably higher depending on the applicant pool.

Applications for Sport Management Spring 2015

*Applications for Sport Management entry are due May 1 or December 1 of every year.

Degree plans and Four-Year Guides:

Available catalogs: (14-16) PDF
(12-14) PDF
(10-12) PDF
(08-10) PDF

The first and second year course listings in these documents are to be used as guides to assist you with selecting a schedule, and should be used with the degree plan.

These courses can be taken during the fall, spring or summer terms. Twelve to fifteen hours are recommended during the fall and spring semesters.

Guides: (10-12) PDF
(08-10) PDF
Create your own four-year plan using this PDF

Minors and Specializations:

Students in Sport Management are required to choose either a minor or specialization in order to complete their degree requirements. A student can minor in almost anything they are able to major in at The University of Texas at Austin, aside from Kinesiology. Some of the most popular minors for Sport Management majors are business, communication, economics, education, history, psychology, or sociology. Students who are interested in furthering their education in Kinesiology are encouraged to choose a specialization. The Department of Kinesiology and Health Education offers ten specializations. For details, please visit our KHE Specializations page.

Foreign Language requirement:

Students majoring in Sport Management may choose one of three options to fulfill the foreign language requirement:

  1. Complete second semester proficiency at the college level in any language other than English,
  2. Take an exam to reach second semester proficiency in any language other than English,
  3. Complete three of the foreign language substitution courses from our approved list (PDF).


Students in Sport Management are required to choose one of two internship options in order to graduate. Internships are typically done at the end of the program during the student's final semester.

Option one requires for a student to enroll in KIN 628: Internship in Sport Management. This option requires for a student to participate in an internship experience for a minimum of 270 hours in one semester.

Option two requires for a student to enroll in KIN 327L: Fieldwork in Sport Management. This option requires for a student to participate in an internship experience for a minimum of 135 hours in one semester. Students choosing this option must also complete a Kinesiology (KIN) or Health Education (HED) elective.

Internships must have both an Onsite Supervisor and a Faculty Supervisor and must be approved by the student’s assigned Faculty Advisor prior to enrolling in the required course. Enrollment in the course will take place the semester prior to taking the internship. Strict deadlines do apply and will be sent out via email each semester.

Last updated on December 15, 2014