Sport Management (SM) prepares students for careers in the management, marketing, and administration of sport programs in educational settings, sport business, or the entertainment industry. 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. Students interested in Sport Management must complete specific prerequisites and a separate application for admission to the major. This major is highly competitive with an enrollment limit of 120 students.
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)
Please note that completion of the prerequisites does not guarantee acceptance to the program. Admission is based on the number of available spaces, academic performance, the quality of the student’s resume, and previous volunteer and work experiences.
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 entry are due May 1 or December 1 of every year.
Degree Plans and Four-Year Guides
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.
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 specializations in Coaching, Strength and Conditioning Coaching, and Athletic Health Care may particularly interest Sport Management majors. The Department of Kinesiology and Health Education offers eight 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:
- Complete second semester proficiency at the college level in any language other than English,
- Take an exam to reach second semester proficiency in any language other than English,
- 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.
For a complete reference of the internship process, please visit the Sport Management Internship page.