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Sport Management


The A.A.S. in Sport Management degree program is designed not only for students who plan to enter the workforce after completion of the two-year degree, but also for transfer to a four-year institution upon graduation. The curriculum, along with practical, hands-on instruction and field experience, will enable students interested in a sport management career to develop the knowledge and skills required in today’s competitive market.

Why Choose Garrett for Sport Management?

Beyond the theoretical, classroom-based instruction, Garrett’s program features a required internship that provides hands-on, work-based experience in the sport management field.

On-campus field experiences are available, both through the College’s Athletic Department and the Community Aquatic and Recreation Complex. Garrett’s location is a prime opportunity for internship opportunities within the Deep Creek Lake area as well as nearby West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

Sport Management Major A.A.S. Degree

Graduates of the program earn an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Sport Management.

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Program Benefits

GC's Sport Management degree is not a traditional transfer program; the degree is unique in the fact that students can concentrate on coursework that lead directly to employment, or graduates can build upon the A.A.S. by transferring to a nearby four-year institution that offers a baccalaureate program in sport management, such as West Virginia University.

Career Goals

Garrett's Sport Management program prepares you for a career and/or employment in any of the following career fields:

  • Sports-related professions
  • Facility and Event Management
  • Recreation Management
  • Professional Sports
  • Fitness Industry

Job Outlook

Statewide, the Maryland Occupation Projections, 2014-2024 indicates double-digit growth in a variety of sport management career fields, including public relations, marketing, coaching and management.

Nationally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-2024 identifies advertising, promotions and marketing managers; meeting, convention and event planners; coaches and scouts; and recreation works showing some of the strongest growth within the sport management field.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to identify and analyze ethical, legal, socioeconomic, and cultural issues related to managerial decision-making in sport management.
  • Students will demonstrate t ability to develop and apply critical thinking and abstract reasoning skills in analyzing sport management issues.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to apply and evaluate principles of interpersonal communication, mass communications, and public relations, relating to the sport industry.
  • Students will demonstrate competent understanding of the importance of budget and finance, and the ability to evaluate the economic principles as related to the industry.
  • Students will demonstrate competent understanding of the concepts of management and leadership.

Sport Management — Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree

Total Credit Hours Required 60

Institutional Requirement (1 credit)

  • FYE101  First Year Experience  1

GER Required Credits (22 credits)

English Composition

  • ENG101  Comp I—Expos Writing  3
    Min. C grade required

Arts and Humanities

  • COM101  Intro to Communication  3
  • GER  Literature CourseG  3

    ENG102 recommended for WVU transfers

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • ECN201  Principles of Economics I (Macro)  3


  •   Science Lab CourseG  4


  • GER  Mathematics CourseG 3

Interdisciplinary/Emerging Issues

  • CIS105  Intro to Computers  3

Major Courses (30 credits)

  • ACC210  Financial Accounting  3
  • BUS101  Intro to Business  3
  • BUS170  Intro to Management  3
  • BUS201  Principles of Marketing OR 
    SPM286  Sport Marketing  3
  • BUS203  Business Law  3
  • BUS294  Field Experience in Business  3
  • COM105  Media & Society  3
  • SPM102  Intro to Sport Management  3
  • SPM237  Event, Facility & Program Mgmt  3
  • SPM271  Sport in American Society  3

Elective (7 credits)

Choose courses after consultation with advisor. SPM272 Psychological Perspective of Sport and SPM256 Principles & Problems of Coaching are highly recommended. Also consider SPM252 Camp Administration.