Sport and recreation management

Sport and Recreation Management

Connecting the world of business and sports.

Whether you’re an active participant in athletics, or just enjoy watching the game, you are looking to transform this passion into a successful career. That’s why you’re interested in Marian University’s sport and recreation management program.

The Program
Through Marian’s sport and recreation management program, you’ll gain knowledge about the sports industry and traditional business principles, and engage in a curriculum centered on developing your skills in critical thinking, communication, cultural awareness, creativity and technology. You’ll take courses that integrate all aspects of business, including accounting, economics, finance, law, management and marketing.

The Possibilities
As part of the sport and recreation management program, you will engage in personal, one-on-one relationships with faculty, and take part in hands-on internship experiences as early as your sophomore year with public, private and service organizations. In addition, many sport and recreation management majors complement their major with another business major or minor to further enhance their opportunities and increase their marketability.

The Results
As a graduate of the sport and recreation management program, you will find increasing opportunities for leadership and lucrative employment, especially in the ever-changing business world. Sport and recreation management graduates are qualified to work in a wide variety of areas, including corporate fitness, professional and amateur sports organizations, recreation programming, sport facility management and sports marketing. Recent graduates have found career success with organizations including the Atlanta Braves, Boys and Girls Club, Chicago Wolves, GMR Marketing, Miami Dolphins, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks and the YMCA.

The Marian Difference
Through an applied learning approach, you’ll find Marian’s sport and recreation management program prepares you to achieve your personal and professional goals in the business field. You’ll be inspired by personal, one-on-one attention from expert faculty, who are dedicated to sharing their knowledge and skills to keep you one step ahead of the competition.

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Program Information

International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)

Marian University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located in Lenexa, Kansas. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with majors in Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Health Care Administration, Management, Marketing, Sport & Recreation Management.
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) with major in Information Technology.
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with majors in General Management, Health Care Administration, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Operations and Supply Chain Management.
  • Master of Science (MS) with concentration in Organizational Leadership.

International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education
11374 Strang Line Road
Lenexa, Kansas 66215, USA
(913) 631-3009


The Program stimulates critical thinking in the application of theory to planning and implementation of recreation and sports activities. Students apply social justice, leadership, marketing, legal and management principles to achieve safe sport and recreation programming, facilities, fund raising and entertainment.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the management approaches that relate to sport and recreation programming, along with the ability to depict the social forces that influence and shape it.
  • Be able to explain, research, cite evidence and advance recommendations for some of the major problems confronting sport and recreation leadership.
  • Describe the basic aspects of sport and recreation law that includes sport governance, athlete health and safety negligence issues, and sport based labor and employment law by analyzing case studies and advancing alternative responses to problems presented.
  • Evaluate the field of sport and recreation management and identify several career opportunities that students might pursue upon graduation.
  • Assess the management competencies necessary regarding the successful daily operation and control of sport and recreation facilities
  • Appraise the managerial process and the roles, skills, and attributes required of marketers while promoting sport and recreation organizations or events.

General Education Program: 46-49 credits of University requirements, including PHI 231; ECO 201; MAT 130 or MAT 201. TEC 102 is highly recommended.

Business programs core
34 credits as follows:
31 credits:

ACC 201 Financial Accounting, 3 cr.
BUA 203 Career Preparation, 1 cr.
BUA 210 Statistical Techniques for Research Data Analysis, 3 cr.
BUA 310 International Business, 3 cr.
BUA 350 Business Law, 3 cr.
BUA 402 Strategy and Policy, 3 cr.
ECO 202 Microeconomics, 3 cr.
FIN 301 Managerial Finance, 3 cr.
MGT 213 Principles of Management, 3 cr.
MKT 201 Principles of Marketing, 3 cr.
TEC 200 Fundamentals of Information Technology, 3 cr.

3 credits from the following:
ENG 222 Business Communications, 3 cr.
COM 101 Fundamentals of Communication, 3 cr.
COM 232 Public Speaking, 3 cr.

Sport and recreation management courses
18-21 credits as follows:
18 credits:
SRM 201 Introduction to Sport and Recreation Management, 3 cr.
SRM 202 Sport and Recreation Programming, 3 cr.
SRM 301 Legal Issues in Sport and Recreation Management, 3 cr.
SRM 302 Management of Sport and Recreation Facilities, 3 cr.
SRM 402 Leadership in Sport and Recreation Management, 3 cr.
SRM 422 Sport and Recreation Marketing, 3 cr.

0-3 credits:
SRM 397 Internship, 0 cr.
SRM 497 Internship, 1-3 cr.

19- 22 credits:
University elective

For more details regarding this program, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.

For more information, please contact:

Office of Admission

James Gray, JD

Criteria for Undergraduate Business Students

A student who meets Marian University admission standards and who declares a business major must comply with the following standards at each class level:

Freshman Criteria (for students with at least 30 credits completed)

Students should have completed the following with a minimum grade of C:

  • ENG 101 or ENG 105

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00

Sophomore Criteria (for students with at least 60 credits completed)

Students should have completed the following with a minimum grade of C:

  • ENG 151 or ENG 106
  • MAT 111 or MAT 130 or MAT 132
  • BUA 210
  • Science lab(s)

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00

Junior and Senior criterion (for students with at least 80 credits completed)

Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00

Failure to Meet Criteria

Any business student failing to meet these criteria is placed on probation. During the first semester of probation, students may continue taking business courses. If the student has failed to meet the criteria after one semester on probation, that student may only retake deficient classes and general education requirements.

Graduation Requirements

A business student is not allowed to graduate with a D+ or lower grade in any business course. If such a grade is recorded, the course must be retaken and a grade of C- or above must be achieved. All business students are required to take a comprehensive exit examination during the semester prior to graduation. Students pursuing more than one major in the business program must complete at least 15 credits of unique courses to count in each major. Students pursuing a minor must complete at least 9 credits of courses unique to the minor.

Internship Experience

The internship provides practical work experience related to the student's career objective. All internships involve planned and supervised on-the-job training with interaction among the student, a faculty advisor, and a supervisor from the site of the internship. The student may complete the internship on a part- or full-time basis. Before the student begins their internship, they must consult with the internship coordinator in their respective discipline to review requirements and expectations.

Prior to the start of the internship, the site must be approved and a learning contract and supervisor agreement must be completed. Students are eligible to register for a 0-3 credit internship upon achieving junior status. Specific internship requirements such as number of hours, paperwork, and other assignments may differ depending on major. Students must consult with the program director and internship coordinator for these details and cannot register for the internship until authorized by the internship coordinator. Business students are required to complete a minimum of one internship experience regardless of the number of declared majors.

Program Director

James Gray

James Gray

Title: Assistant Professor, Sport and Recreation Management Program Director


Phone: 920.923.8136

Highest Degree:

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Academic Advisor

Angela Blamey

Angela Blamey Title: Internship Coordinator; Academic Advisor


Phone: 920-923-8522

Highest Degree: M.S.

Strengths: Empathy, Consistency, Responsibility, Harmony, Discipline

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Fun Fact

Marian University’s official colors are blue and white (Source: Student Handbook, 2013-2014).

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