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The sport management major in the College of Education is the business-side of sport and entertainment and involves everything that goes on behind-the-scenes in these industries. The sport management major prepares students for careers in the sport and entertainment industries such as: intercollegiate athletics administration, facility management, professional sports administration and sports agents, the sporting goods industry, private/public sport clubs, resorts, and event management. In addition to the required courses, students must complete a semester-long internship. Many students choose to continue their education through graduate studies in sport management, law, or business. All students interested in the sport management program must complete specific prerequisites and a separate application for admission to the major.

Declare This Major

Undergraduates interested in sport management will enter the College of Education as a physical culture and sports major. After completing the prerequisite courses, students may apply to the sports management program. Getting admitted to physical culture and sports and completing all the prerequisite classes does not guarantee you a spot in the sport management major. This major is highly competitive with an enrollment limit of 120 students.

In order to transfer into the College of Education, students must meet specific GPA requirements. View the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education internal transfer policy for additional information.

Current undergraduate students at UT Austin who would like to transfer into the College of Education should meet with an academic advisor in BEL 1005 in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education Advising Center to go over a proposed degree plan and complete the form to change colleges. Students that meet all the internal transfer criteria can declare physical culture and sports as their major with the intention of applying to sport management while speaking with an academic advisor.

Once a student completes all the prerequisite classes, they will apply submit an application by the appropriate deadline to enter the sport management major. There is a December 1 deadline for spring entry and a May 1 deadline for fall entry.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

View a degree plan to see the required courses for the Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Health Education Sport Management major.

In addition to the internal transfer criteria, students must also complete the following prerequisite courses prior to "officially" applying to sport management:

KIN 310, KIN 312M, KIN 315, KIN 316, KIN 347, HED 329K, UT Writing Course, 1 Semester of Foreign Language or 2 Foreign Language Substitute classes, PSY 301, 3 hrs of ECO, 3 hrs of Computer Applications (i.e. MIS 302F or INF 312), and CMS 306M.


Students are required to complete a 15-hour minor in a field of study of their interest or they will complete one of the Department of Kinesiology's 10 specializations available to kinesiology and health students.

Any of the following specializations are suitable for this major:

  • Athletic Health Care
  • Coaching
  • Community Health and Wellness
  • Disability Studies
  • Health Fitness Instructor
  • Health Sciences
  • Medical Fitness and Rehabilitation
  • Strength & Conditioning Coaching


Students in sport management typically describe themselves as a having a passion for sport and entertainment and all that in entails. They are ambitious and interested in the business-side of the industry. They are highly motivated and most have goals to attend graduate school, and foresee themselves in one of the career paths mentioned above. Sport management students should also have strong organizational, time management, and interpersonal communication skills. They will need to be highly motivated individuals with the ability to work in large and small groups.


Students in this major develop keen analytical skills. They also gain the ability to gather and prepare research on current sport/entertainment venues and trends in the industry. They learn to think outside the box when it comes to marketing and promoting.

A small sample of directly related careers

Overview of Fields in Sports Management
Fitness Trainer and Instructor
Recreation Worker
Occupational Therapist
Physical Therapist
Recreational Therapist
Sports Counselor
Sports Agent

Remember: Your major does not (necessarily) equal your career. View a list of career ideas for any major.