Skip to main content
Program Overview

Program Overview

Don’t just stand on the sidelines — drive for success with a degree in sport management. Prepare for a career on the business side of the athletics and fitness industry. With its three major league teams and four Division I NCAA schools, Nashville is the perfect city for you to score shadowing experience, internships and jobs. 

Study in a program that provides you with a comprehensive business education and the added exercise science knowledge to elevate your expertise. Hone skills and gain experience in the business, management and marketing aspects of the athletics and fitness industries. 

Our unique degree is unlike anything you’ll find in middle Tennessee. Once you’ve learned all you can from our experienced and innovative faculty, go on to pursue an MBA or head straight into the workforce — you’ll be a strong candidate for whatever path you choose.



Specific courses required:

  • AC 2503 - Financial Accounting
  • AC 2513 - Managerial Accounting
  • BY 2213 - Introductory Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • EC 2413 - Principles of Microeconomics
  • ENT 2503 - An Introduction to Business
  • ENT 4403 - Entrepreneur Finance
  • KIN 3363 - Biostatistics
  • KIN 2013 - Sports Sociology
  • KIN 2023 - Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • KIN 2203 - Foundations in Kinesiology
  • KIN 4323 - Administration of Exercise Related Programs
  • KIN 4502 - Seminar in Kinesiology
  • MA 1113 - College Algebra
  • MK 3503 - Principles of Marketing
  • PS 1113 - Introduction to Psychology
  • SPMG 2503 - Introduction to Sport Management
  • SPMG 2603 - Legal Issues in Sport Management
  • SPMG 3003 - Sport Management Practicum I
  • SPMG 3113 - Facilities and Event Management
  • SPMG 4003 - Sport Management Practicum II
  • ENT 4Xn3 - Special Topics in [Insert Area]
  • ENT 3543 - Entrepreneur Marketing
  • CO 4213 - Sport Reporting 
  • KIN 2223 - Introduction to Coaching
  • MK 3403 - Internet and Social Medica Marketing
  • MK 3543 - Sales and Marketing


All students majoring in sport management must achieve a "C" or above in all department courses required for the sport management major.


Student to faculty ratio

Job placement

With a top-tier university education on your resume, you’ll be in high demand, whether you choose to launch your career or begin graduate school. Most of our programs have a placement rate of at least 90 percent within six months of graduation.

Expert faculty, small class sizes

Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.

Nashville, TN

A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville, Tennessee, an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.

Our Faculty

  • Ruth Henry headshot

    Ruth Henry

    Int. Dean, Col Health Sci

    Long-tenured Lipscomb faculty member in exercise science, she teaches the statistics and research courses.

    Meet Ruth Henry
  • Randy Bostic headshot

    Randy Bostic

    Assistant Professor

    Randy is founder of Bostic Law, PLLC. A firm that helps protects assets for families and small business. Randy focuses his practice on Estate Planning through wills, trusts, and probate,...

    Meet Randy Bostic
  • Matthew Ruiz headshot

    Matthew Ruiz

    Director of Grad Studies EXNS and Professor

    Professional expertise in sport, exercise and performance psychology.

    Meet Matthew Ruiz
  • Kent Johnson headshot

    Kent Johnson

    Professor, Exercise Science Program Director

    Cofounder of EXNS program Long-tenured Lipscomb faculty member in exercise physiology, leads the cardiovascular laboratory, and is a fellow in the ACSM.

    Meet Kent Johnson

Career Paths

Recreation and fitness studies teachers, postsecondary

Teach courses pertaining to recreation, leisure, and fitness studies, including exercise physiology and facilities management. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Coaches and Scouts

Coaches teach amateur or professional athletes the skills they need to succeed at their sport. Scouts look for new players and evaluate their skills and likelihood for success at the college, amateur, or professional level. Many coaches also are involved in scouting.

Recreation Workers

Recreation workers design and lead activities to help people stay active, improve fitness, and have fun. They work with groups in summer camps, fitness and recreational sports centers, nursing care facilities, nature parks, and other settings. They may lead such activities as arts and crafts, sports, music, dramatics, or games.