BA Sport Management

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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Sport Management is a program that prepares students for a wide variety of sport industry careers that include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Professional sports: these careers include event management, community relations, ticket sales, social media management, gameday operations, and more.
  • College sports: intercollegiate athletic administration, coaching, fundraising and development, marketing, recreational sport management.
  • Community sport: youth sport management, YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, sport training facilities, fitness center management.

The broad-based program also prepares students for opportunities to work in other fields and offers students the flexibility to pair the Sport Management major with a minor from areas like business, psychology, sales, communications, women’s and gender studies, and more. The faculty are committed to providing opportunities for “real-world” experience through the provision of experiential learning courses and volunteer opportunities. Recent volunteer and experiential learning sites include: Big Ten Basketball Tournament, New York City Marathon, Super Bowl LIII, Super Bowl LIV, Special Olympics of New Jersey.

The final semester is devoted to an internship experience in which students have the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge to the real world. Internship settings include collegiate athletic departments, intramural departments, sport and leisure industry, professional sports teams, state and city sports commissions, professional major/minor leagues, NCAA offices, national sports organizations, special organizations, stadium and arenas, event management, individual sports associations (e.g. PGA Tour), motor sports, and many more.

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Internship Opportunities

The final semester is devoted to an internship experience in which students have the opportunity to apply their classroom knowledge to the real world.  Internship settings include collegiate athletic departments, intramural departments, sport and leisure industry, professional sports teams, state and city sports commissions, professional major/minor leagues, NCAA offices, national sports organizations, special organizations, stadium and arenas, event management, individual sports associations (e.g. PGA Tour), motor sports, and many more.

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WPU Sport Management Sample of Past and Current Internship Sites

· American Athletic Conference
· Boys & Girls Club
· Centerplate at TD Bank Ballpark
· Central Florida Dreamplex
· City of Hackensack Department of Recreation
· Daktronics
· FC Motown
· HomePlate Catering
· Hudson Valley Renegades
· Hurricane Junior Golf Tour
· Ice Vault Arena, Wayne, NJ
· John F. Kennedy Education Complex
· JVH Performance
· LeadDog Marketing Group
· Legacy Global Sports
· Legends Hospitality
· Lifetime Athletic
· New Jersey Jackals
· New York City Football Club
· New York Jets
· New York Red Bulls
· New York Sports Club
· NJIT Athletics
· NYC Sports Leagues
· Paterson Public Schools
· Perfect Game
· PGA Tour
· Philadelphia Soul
· Pocono International Raceway
· Quality Custom Threads
· Paterson Recreation Department
· Sky Blue FC
· Somerset Patriots
· Special Olympics of New Jersey
· SportTalk
· Sussex County Miners
· TD Bank Ballpark
· Teaneck Recreation Department
· USA Football
· WPU Athletics
· YMCA

Sampling of Sport Management Alumni Current Employers

  • William Paterson University Athletics
  • New York Yankees
  • JVH Performance
  • SKY Blue FC
  • National Basketball Association
  • Major League Baseball
  • DraftKings
  • Paramus Catholic High School Athletics

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