Sport Administration Concentration

If you are looking for a career that combines the excitement of athletics with the profitability of business, then the sport administration program at Radford University may be just what you want! The industry of sport becomes larger every year, and as it grows so does the need for qualified professionals.

The sport administration concentration is designed for students intending to pursue careers of leadership in the sport industry. Management and administrative positions are currently a high-growth employment area. Graduates work in a variety of settings including private sport and fitness clubs, recreation departments, nonprofit organizations, sport facilities, sport media and public relations, sport sales, college and professional sport organizations, sport marketing and promotion firms, sporting goods businesses, sport agencies, event management companies and sport camps. Students completing this concentration are well positioned for entry-level leadership opportunities in the field.

Undergraduate Program

Students in the sport administration program complete core curriculum and major requirements set by the department for a total of 120 hours for the bachelor of science degree.

Graduates of this program find employment in the areas of management, administration, marketing, fiscal management, public relations, coaching, operations, legal issues and communications within sport organizations.

Sport administrators have the responsibility for planning, organizing, implementing, and evaluating all forms of sporting events and services.

A strong background in sport and sport business foundations is essential. Coursework in the business and management field strengthen career opportunities. Students are required to choose between the sport administration or coaching management cognates and complete 15-16 hours of related interdisciplinary coursework in areas such as management, marketing, economics, accounting, business law, finance, media studies, communications, and Exercise, Sport, and Health Education. Students are strongly advised to complete a minor in an interdisciplinary area.

Students are required in their last semester before graduation to complete an internship in which they will obtain roughly 270 hours of experience in their related field.

The minimum grade point average required to enter their internship is a 2.50 overall and 2.50 in the major. Internship success is enhanced when students have already pursued volunteer experience and special certifications in the field.

Students interested in transferring to RU in Sport Administration from a VCCS are strongly encouraged to complete an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science or Associate of Arts and Science including the following courses:

  • MATH 137 (MTH 158)
  • BIOL 105 (BIO 101)
  • PSYC 121 (PSY 200)
  • STAT 200 (MTH 157, 240 or 241)
  • HLTH 200 (HLT 116)
  • ECO 201 or 202 (ECON 105 or 106)

Internships

Students are required in their last semester before graduation to complete an internship in which they will obtain roughly 270 hours of experience in their related field.

The minimum grade point average required to enter their internship is a 2.50 overall and 2.50 in the major. Internship success is enhanced when students have already pursued volunteer experience and special certifications in the field.