Master of Business Administration

Sports Management

Online On Campus
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Classes Start Six Times Per Year For Ultimate Flexibility

Goals and Course Topics

32-36 credit, 14-month MBA program

Enhance your marketability in the industry

Experience and access to sport professionals around the country is what differentiates the TU’s MBA sports management online program from traditional sport management degrees. The program is designed to maximize convenience while providing the necessary structure to enhance students’ marketability in the industry. Our extensive list of successful graduates helps students complete a 200-hour mentorship to intensify their education through practical experience with sport franchises, athletic departments, organizations, agencies and facilities with a connection to Tiffin University. 

Your “Front Row Ticket” To Real-World Success

Join us for where the classroom meets the real world of sports!

Tiffin University’s MBA Sports Management online program has demonstrated an aptitude for attracting top professionals from all sectors of the industry whether an aspiring student or one of the many terminally qualified faculty serving as instructors. You may be surprised to be in a class with a Vice President from the NFL, a tournament director with the PGA in Texas, a video analyst for the Cleveland Browns in Ohio, a director with the Toronto Raptors in Canada or a sport broadcaster from a regional radio station in Indiana. Recreation directors, high school athletic directors, collegiate coaches and sport marketing representatives also enroll in the MBA Sports Management online program which is growing significantly since graduating its first class in 2009.

Tiffin University is able to boast about attracting some of the most connected professionals in the industry to teach in the program. Faculty have included the President of the United States Olympian’s Association, President of the Sierra Leone (Africa) Olympian’s Association, a former executive with the Boston Celtics and Atlanta Braves, the former Director of Education for the NCAA and a member of the Sport Lawyers Association with significant experience consulting professional athletes. No doubt, Tiffin University’s MBA Sports Management online program is developing a global reputation as one of the premier graduate programs in the USA.

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The MBA sports management online Mentorship Program

One of the great advantages of the MBA in Sports Management is that you will be required to participate in a supervised mentorship program with a professional who has appropriate experience and is able to demonstrate a record of outstanding contribution to the profession. The online convenience and flexibility of the mentorship experience has significantly impacted the geographic boundaries for students interested in furthering their academic career in sports. Students are required to complete an application for verification and approval. During the mentorship, students develop a web portfolio and maintain a blog to journal the experiences from their contact hours.

Mentors have included:

  • Sports agent and President of MWF Enterprises (Molly Fletcher)
  • Indiana Pacers Broadcaster (Chris Denari)
  • New York Liberty Vice President (Kristen Bernert)
  • Dallas Cowboys Assistant Director of Suites (Heather Fuxa)
  • Oakland Raiders Director of Personnel (Dane VanDernat)
  • Georgia State Soccer Association Director (Jade Beaulieu)
  • Sports Agent and President of Merit Management Group (Stephanie Stanley) 
  • CEO of AWP Sports Performance (Mike Ledo)
  • National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports Los Angeles (Chad Simmons)
  • CEO of Vahid Management and Production Company (Thomas Robinson)
  • Cincinnati Reds Park Operations Manager (Sean Brown)
  • Houston Rockets Promotions Coordinator (Chirslord Templonuevo)
  • National Sports Manager for Tampa Bay Sports (Teri Parnell)
  • Greater Cleveland Sports Commission Senior Vice President of Events (Meredith Scerba)
  • New York Mets Vice President of Venue Services (Mike Landeen)
  • Pittsburgh Penguins Director of Government Affairs (Abass Kamara)
  • FirstJobinSports Executive Director (Brad Freeman)
  • Atlanta Hawks Coordinator of Community Development (Margo Kline)
  • NBA Player Representative (Darryl Greene)

We make it easy for you and can accommodate flexible scheduling for mentorships in any semester — spring, summer, or fall!


Online: Two terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October

On Campus: Two 7-week terms per semester starting in January and August 

Core MBA courses are offered online or on campus, and the concentration-specific courses will be offered online in the Fall and Spring semesters.

Waiving courses allows for cost savings and faster degree completion.

MGT515 and MGT516 may be waived by permission of the Dean. With these two courses waived, qualified students can complete their MBA in as little as 14 months if they are enrolled full-time; however, part-time options are also available.

Optional Second Concentrations

You can enhance your skillset even more by adding just a few more courses for a second concentration. The MBA program offers the following second concentrations:

MBA Sports Management FAQ

What is sports management?

Sports management includes a wide range of business-related activities involved in overseeing sports and recreation, including team finances, logistics, acting as a liaison between all stakeholders and more. Sports management focuses on the whole sport and team from a business perspective.    

What is an MBA in sports management?

An MBA in sports management prepares students for management roles in a variety of sports and recreation settings and exposes them to courses in managerial economics and finance, quantitative business, human resources, global and transnational management, strategic management, legal and ethical issues in management, marketing, decision making and more.

What can I do with an MBA in sports management?

With an MBA in sports management, you will be qualified for a variety of management opportunities in sports and recreation, including positions with professional teams, high school and college athletics, non-profit and community organizations and more.

Average degree completion for a full-time student
32 - 36 credits
Average degree completion for a part-time student
32 - 36 credits

At a Glance

  • 32-36 credit, 14-month MBA program
  • Regional accreditations
  • No application fees
  • Flexible start dates
  • Accepts transfer credits
  • No GRE/GMAT required
  • Also offered as an online certificate
  • 33% of MBA students receive tuition discounts. Contact us today to learn more!


TU MBA Alumni Makes Forbes’ 30 Under 30 List in Sports

Patrick Collins’, MBA Sports Management ’14, mentorship with Creative Artists Agency (CAA) turned into a full-time job representing 1st and 2nd round NFL draft picks. See Patrick’s Forbes profile.

TU Alumni lands job with NHL Arizona Coyotes
Molly Magill’s, Sport Management Alumni ’17, mentorship with the California State Games in San Diego turned into a full time job which led to her current position as promotions and events manager for the NHL Arizona Coyotes. 

Sample Courses

Communication and Fund Raising in Sport (SMG 532)

Students will recognize communication as integral to the management, marketing and operational goals of sport organizations at all levels. Students will also recognize the needs of professional and volunteer fundraisers in an exploration of the tools, tips and techniques used to fundraise through solicitation, events and grants common in the sports industry.

Business Strategies in Sports (SRM 634)

The case study approach will be used in a critical analysis of business concepts related to decision making, leadership, ethics, communication, marketing, sponsorship, budgeting, policy development, public relations and fundraising in the sport industry.

Personnel Management in Sport (SMG 637)

This course provides a study of the principles of personnel management including recruiting, staffing, development of human resources, maintaining a favorable work environment, compensation administration, benefits, security and system appraisal as they apply to sport agencies. The course emphasizes the value of diversity and inclusion in human resource practices of sport organizations.

Sport Mentorship (SRM670)

Students are required to participate in 200 contact hours of field experience under the direction of an approved mentor in the sports industry. To enroll in the mentorship, students must complete an online application the semester prior to the requested course enrollment period. Students will maintain an e-portfolio and engage in professional development / career management activities as part of their course requirements. Students must have completed a minimum of 12 graduate credit hours with a minimum GPA of 3.0 for eligibility to enroll in the mentorship.

Our MBA in Sports Management program is nationally ranked in the Top 30 programs by Online Schools Report. 

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