Bachelor of Science in

Sport Management

Program Director: David Gargone, EdD

The Sport Management major at Misericordia University allows students to combine their love of sport with the skills necessary to become professionals in the field.
A business-oriented curriculum has been devised to produce graduates who will be successful in today's sports management environment as well as prepared for its future. The major allows students to fashion their studies to meet their professional and personal needs. Our curriculum prepares students for careers in this fast growing multi-billion dollar industry.

Danielle Clifford

“I love being a sport management major at Misericordia. From the hands-on, discussion-based classes, to the outstanding support from faculty, Misericordia's Sport Management program has given me the education and experience I need to combine my passion for sport with a career.”

~ Danielle Clifford '20
Sport Management and Statistics major
VP of the Class of 2020

Employment Opportunities

  • Professional Sport Managers
  • Intercollegiate Sport Managers
  • Sport Marketers
  • Sport Arena Managers
  • Commercial Recreational Facility Directors
  • Graduate Studies

Additional Learning Experiences

Sport Management Round Table guest panel- click here to view the Flickr gallery from the event

  • Guest Lectures by Industry Sport Managers
  • Involvement in the Business/Sport Management Club
  • A yearly Sport Management Roundtable panel that brings together our areas best known Sport Managers
  • Opportunities to volunteer in events such as Celebrity Golf Tournaments
  • Involvement in national and international Sport Management organizations/conferences
  • Trips to Sport Facilities/Events


Misericordia University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA.

Admission Requirements

Students must meet Misericordia University’s admissions requirements of a minimum high school grade point average of 2.5 and a minimum SAT requirement of 850 (combined Math and Critical Reading) if taken prior to March 5, 2016, or a combined score of 930 if taken after March 5, 2016. In lieu of the SAT, ACT results may be presented with a minimum required composite score of 18.

Transfer applicants will typically hold a minimum collegiate grade point average of 2.0, having completed at least 5 college credits.

Misericordia University reviews individual applications carefully, and the above stated standards should be seen only as general guidelines.

Course Sequence

First Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits

MTH Mathematics Group A


MTH 115 Basic Statistics

SMG 101 Introduction to Sport Mgmt.3

SMG 110 Sport in Society

BUS 205 Macroecomnomics3

BUS 206 Microeconomics


BUS 208 Principles of Management


BUS 269 Principles of Marketing

Total Credits15Total Credits15
Sophomore Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
SCI Core (with lab)4Core3

BUS 300 Quantitative Methods I

SMG 201 Sport & Athletic Admin.3


ACC 101 Principles of Accounting3

SMG 210 Sport Event & Facility Mgmt.

BUS 363 Mgmt of Human Capital

Total Credits16Total Credits18
Junior Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits
Core3SMG 310 Sport Law3
SMG 301 Sport Marketing3

BUS 415 International Business


BUS 352 Business Law

3MIS 110 Intro to Information Systems3
Total Credits15Total Credits15
Senior Year
First SemesterCreditsSecond SemesterCredits

SMG 410 Internship

SMG 401 Sport Economics3Elective6

BUS 491
Seminar in


BUS 371 Finance


SMG 410 Internship


Total Credits15Total Credits15
Total required for graduation: 124 credits

Course Descriptions

ACC 101 Principles of Accounting, 3 credits

This course is an introduction to basic accounting principles, concepts, and procedures. Topics include the accounting cycle, financial reporting and analysis, internal control methods, inventory costing, and an introduction to current and long-term assets and liabilities.

BUS 205 Macroeconomics, 3 credits

An introduction to the science of economics, with particular attention to scarcity, market mechanisms of supply and demand, unemployment, inflation, money, banking, Federal Reserve, government, and the application of fiscal and monetary policy to solve current economic problems.

BUS 206 Microeconomics, 3 credits

Topics covered include supply and demand, elasticity, consumer behavior, costs of production, and the market structures of competition, monopoly, monopolistic competition, and oligopoly.

BUS 208 Principles of Management, 3 credits

The basic principles of management are studied with an emphasis on planning, organizing, leading, and controlling. The nature of the managerial process within the formal and informal structure are also studied.

BUS 269 Principles of Marketing, 3 credits

A general overview of the basic marketing philosophies, principles and practices relevant to small and large profit and nonprofit organizations, buyers and sellers, and special emphasis on the marketing mix: product, price, promotion, and distribution.

BUS 300 Quantitative Methods I, 3 credits

A study of the use of quantitative methods with emphasis on data collection and organization, data presentation, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability, probability distributions, estimation, and hypothesis testing. Computer applications are utilized.
Prerequisite: MTH 115

BUS 352 Business Law, 3 credits

Through law, society establishes values and goals. The purpose of American business law is to bring reason, fairness, and stability to the marketplace. This course enables students to anticipate the legal consequences of business decisions and behaviors.

BUS 363 Management of Human Capital, 3 credits

This course consists of analyses of theories that address human behavior in work settings and formal processes involved in the management of employees. Special emphasis is placed on the application of theories with respect to interpersonal work interactions and human resource key functions.
Prerequisite: BUS 208

BUS 371 Business Financial Management, 3 credits

A study of the financial problems associated with the life cycle of a business. Includes estimating the financial needs of an enterprise, breakeven point, operating leverage, capital structure, stocks and bonds, and working capital management.
Prerequisite: ACC 101

BUS 415 International Business, 3 credits

The intent of this course is to provide a blend of solid research-based information coupled with real world, current, interesting application examples that help explain international business topics. An active learning approach is used in relating text material with real world international situations. The topics include the perspective and environment of international business, the human resource management functions, as well as the strategies and functions of international operations.
Prerequisites: BUS 208

BUS 491 Seminar in Business Policies, 3 credits

The case-method technique is used to study managerial problems and the decision-making process. Areas covered include strategic planning, setting goals and objectives, marketing, managing, production, public relations, human resources, human relations, and financial management. Computer simulations are used to involve students in decision making in the various areas of the business firm. Graduating seniors and qualified juniors only.
Prerequisites: ACC 101, BUS 207 or BUS 205, BUS 208, BUS 269, BUS 352, BUS 371, BUS 306

MIS 110 Introduction to Information Systems, 3 credits

An interdisciplinary study that views information as an economic resource. The course focuses on computer-based information systems that support the operations, management, and decision functions of an organization and explores the basic technical, behavioral, economic, and organizational concepts relevant to information, decision making, and systems. Topics include the methodology and practice of developing a computerized information system; the organization, management and control of the information system; and the social impact of information technologies.

SMG 101 Introduction to Sport Management, 3 credits

The course examines the discipline of sport management. Areas to be covered include: careers in the industry, growth trends in the industry, and an overview of the management of a variety of sport organizations including professional and intercollegiate athletics.

SMG 110 Sport in Society, 3 credits

This course provides students with an understanding of the relationship between sport and the society we live in. Theoretical framework, assumptions, and principles associated with this phenomenon will be examined. Students will be encouraged to think critically about sport and the place it holds in social life. Using this body of knowledge, the student will complete a research paper on a topic such as deviance in sport, youth sports, sport and race, etc.
Prerequisite: SMG 101

SMG 201 Sport and Athletic Administration, 3 credits

Sport and Athletic Administration will provide the student an understanding of the various components and activities involved in an athletic or sport program administration. The inter-relationship within the institution, tasks to be performed, policies, and procedures will be examined. Attention will also be given to the role of the organization’s sport or athletic leader.
Prerequisite: SMG 101

SMG 210 Sport Event and Facility Management, 3 credits

This course investigates the fundamental principles in sport event and facility management. Various managerial practices will be analyzed. Topics to be discussed include, but are not limited to, risk management, event planning, housekeeping and maintenance, and current trends in the industry.
Prerequisite: SMG 101

SMG 301 Sport Marketing, 3 credits

This course focuses on the application of marketing principles and practices relevant to the sport industry. Theoretical and practical applications of marketing professional and amateur sports are examined.
Prerequisite: SMG 101 and BUS 269

SMG 310 Sport Law, 3 credits

Sport Law examines the legal environment in which professional and amateur sports presently operate. Included will be aspects of tort, contract, labor, and antitrust law as they apply to the sport industry.
Prerequisite: SMG 101, SMG 110, and BUS 352

SMG 401 Sport Economics, 3 credits

This comprehensive course focuses on methods and procedures as they apply to the economics of sport. Areas such as cost analysis, purchasing, budgeting, and what a franchise means to a municipality will be examined.
Prerequisite: SMG 101, SMG 110, and BUS 207

SMG 410 Sport Management Internship, 1-12 credits

This course provides students with the opportunity to apply learned sport management skills, theories, and ideas in a work experience. The internship is designed to be an in-depth experience and students are encouraged to consider internship sites that reflect their own career aspirations in the sport industry. The internship requires 45 work hours per each 1 academic credit hour.
Prerequisite: SMG 101, SMG 110, SMG 301, SMG 310, completion of at least 90 credits and permission of the instructor

Students walking from the Mary Kintz Bevevino Library

Business News

Misericordia University hosted an interactive virtual faculty panel on Thursday April 30 to discuss COVID-19 and the wide-ranging impact this virus is having on our society.
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