The sport management (SM) major is a four year full-time program of study that is designed to blend the best of theory with the best of practice in the discipline. SM students are provided with interdisciplinary and advanced study opportunities, and on-the-job educational experiences.
The sport management degree is designed to prepare students for employment in local, state, regional, national or international level sporting and recreation organizations. The course work includes 42 credit hours. To enhance employment prospects, candidates in this option are required to have a minor in Business Administration (24 credits).
NDSU SM graduates are employed in a variety of sport and recreation occupations. Graduates should expect to work in (but are not limited to) local, state, regional, national or international level organizations and businesses. In light of the interdisciplinary nature of the SM major's study options, career opportunities beyond the sport management or recreation management fields are feasible.
Pre Professional Standing and Professional Standing
The pre-professional SM curricula in the freshman year are designed to prepare students for additional undergraduate work in the subsequent professional SM curricula of the sophomore, junior and senior years. To achieve professional standing a student must have completed all HNES courses listed in the pre-professional year. A grade of B or better is required in HNES 110. Furthermore, students must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 for all classes by the end of the freshman year. An application for professional standing must submitted to the SM program as soon as requirements are met.
The SM internship is the capstone course for all SM majors. Students participating in an internship will undertake the 400 hour on-the-job training experience (typically the summer prior to the senior year). In consultation with the student's adviser, each student is required to secure his or her own internship. Securing a host organization outside North Dakota or the United States is not only possible but is encouraged.