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 150 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.
Certificates, Minors, Specializations, and Tracks
Students in Sport Management are required to choose a certificate, track, minor, or specialization to complete their degree requirements.
Certificates and Minors
The University of Texas at Austin offers various programs that allow students to choose from a set of courses in order to focus on an area of study in addition to their major. Certificates and minors are recognized on transcripts. University-wide requirements and the available options can be found in the university's Undergraduate Catalog.
Students interested in furthering their education in Kinesiology and Health are encouraged to choose a specialization. The Department of Kinesiology and Health Education offers seven specializations. For details, please visit our KHE Specializations page.
Tracks do NOT appear on UT Austin transcripts or diplomas; they are reflected only on a student's profile record and degree audit. Most tracks consist of 15 hours, 6 of which must be upper-division. Learn more about the available tracks.
Foreign Language Requirement
Students majoring in Sport Management prior to 2016-2018 catalog 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.
Students majoring in Sport Management on the 2016-2018 catalog are only required to complete a foreign language requirement if they do not have two or more years of foreign language in high school. Students without two years of high school foreign language coursework must earn credit for the second college-level course in a foreign language; this credit does not count towards the degree.
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.