Sports Management

Bachelor of Science

Learn the business behind the sports industry.

Build a foundation in business and the backstage world of sports, with close access to Southern California’s finest teams and corporations.

The Curriculum
Kickoff your career

In the Sports Management program, you’ll explore principles of business, communication, marketing, and the ins and outs of the multi-billion dollar sports enterprise to apply these skills to a career in one of many booming job sectors.

Through our curriculum developed in partnership with professionals from organizations such as the Los Angeles Rams and the LA Galaxy, you’ll take classes in a variety of disciplines to approach sports from different angles and explore its sociology, economics, and more. Hands-on learning experiences will prepare you to develop financial, marketing, and other strategies as a sports management professional.

Practice with the pros

California holds the largest share of sports-related jobs nationwide. With close proximity to the Los Angeles sports hub, you’ll have access to a network of teams and organizations eager to provide internships that can help enhance your skills, find your niche, build your resume, and even help connect you with your first job after college. Our alumni have gone to work for the Los Angeles Chargers, the Los Angeles Kings and other competitive employers.

And at Cal Lutheran, the Los Angeles Rams will be practicing right in your backyard at their on-campus professional training facility, bringing opportunities for student tours, internships and connection-building with players and staff.

Your ideal plan

From day one you’ll be on track towards graduation with a yearly plan. You won’t have to worry about what classes to take—we’ll help you create the perfect schedule! View sample academic plans

Our advisory team

The Sports Management program is backed by a robust advisory board of professionals who are eager to identify student needs and opportunities to succeed in the sports industry. They represent organizations including the U.S. Olympics, the LA Kings and various sports agencies, providing a range of perspectives and resources.

Fast track your MBA

If you’re looking to take on a management position or even start your own sports or fitness-related business, choose the 4+1 option to get a head start on your MBA. You’ll take graduate-level courses while still an undergrad and finish your master’s in just one additional year after you graduate, saving time and money.

Steven Dorfman Scholarship

Awarded to first-year applicants for admission, the Steven Dorfman Scholarship covers 75% to 100% of tuition, and is awarded to selected students through our Honors Day program. Learn more


Offered as a major (BS) and a minor.

Recommended Minors

Want to add even more value to your degree? Consider one of these minors to gain a unique combination of skills and perspectives.

The Experience

I chose to be a sports management major because of my love for sports. After graduating in May, I will be moving to Orlando, Florida to work for the top junior golf organization. I wouldn’t say I have an exact path yet for my future, but I have learned in college that not having a path is just fine.

Conor Cline '23
Sports Management Major

My experience with the Sports Management program at Cal Lutheran is exceptional. The program has really helped me prepare for internships and other opportunities in the sports industry. The classes have given me a great introduction to the sports world and helped guide my passion in the right direction. I also appreciate how the professors have so many connections and set out to help their students getting started.

Morgan Salzwedel '21
Your Future

As the sports and fitness industry continues expanding worldwide, teams and other employers are in need of knowledgeable, innovative professionals. Sports Management graduates will have well-paying opportunities awaiting in a variety of job sectors:

Our alumni study at:
  • California State University, Long Beach
  • Grand Canyon University
Our alumni work for:
  • College & University Athletics
  • Los Angeles Clippers
  • Los Angeles Kings
  • Los Angeles Rams
  • Major League Baseball
  • Ontario Reign
  • San Francisco 49ers
  • Special Olympics
  • U.S. Olympics
Career paths:
  • Athletic Apparel and Merchandise
  • Coaching
  • College Athletics
  • Esports Management
  • League Administration
  • Officiating
  • Operations Management
  • Sales Representative
  • Sports Broadcasting
  • Sports Marketing
  • Team Recruiting
  • Ticket Systems Coordinator

of Cal Lutheran graduates find a job or enroll in graduate school within nine months

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