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Sport Management

The sport management (SM) major is a four year full-time program of study 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, as well as on the job educational experiences.

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The Program

The SM 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 and a required business administration minor. Additional electives allow for a second supporting minor or emphasis.

Career Opportunities

North Dakota State University SM graduates are employed in a variety of sport and recreation management occupations. Graduates find employment in local, state, regional, national or international level sport and recreation organizations and businesses. In light of the interdisciplinary nature of the SM major’s study options, career opportunities beyond the sport or recreation management fields are feasible.

Sport Management Leadership Association

The Sport Management Association provides students with an opportunity to gain experience in the various fields of sport and recreation.  Organization members can take part in sports-oriented community projects, learn about different sport and recreation careers from area professionals and become further prepared for a career in the industry.  Meetings are held regularly and are open to all NDSU students.

Pre Professional Standing and Professional Standing

The pre-professional SM course in the freshman year is designed to prepare students for additional undergraduate work in the subsequent professional SM curriculum of the sophomore, junior and senior years. To achieve professional standing, a grade of B or better is required in HNES 224. Furthermore, students must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 for all classes by the end of the freshman year. An application for professional standing must be submitted to the SM program coordinator 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 516 hour on-the-job training experience (typically the summer prior to the senior year). Advisors assist students in identifying internship opportunities, but 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 encouraged. 

Agencies where students have completed internships include the United States Olympic Committee, Minnesota Vikings, Saint Paul Saints, Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks, Northwoods League Organizations, the Sanford Pentagon, Oklahoma State University, Arizona State University, The United States Naval Academy, North Dakota State University, and to Fargo and West Fargo parks and recreation departments.

Sequencing Courses for the Major

Courses in the sport management major should be selected in conjunction with a student’s academic or faculty advisor to assure prerequisites, GPA requirements, program status, etc., have been met. It is strongly suggested that students plan to complete ACCT 102 and ECON 105, and all general education requirements (other than ENGL 320) prior to the third year so more time is available for upper division core courses, the business minor upper division courses and internship hours during these final semesters


Sample Curriculum



General Education





COMM 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking


ENGL 110 - College Composition I


ENGL 120 - College Composition II


ENGL 320 - Business and Professional Writing


Quantitative Reasoning


Science & Technology


CSCI 114 - Microcomputer Packages or
CSCI 116 - Business Use of Computers


Science and Technology Electives


Humanities & Fine Arts


Social & Behavioral Sciences


PSYC 111 - Introduction to Psychology


SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology




HNES 100 - Concepts of Fitness and Wellness


Cultural Diversity


Global Perspective




Major Requirements



COMM 112 - Understanding Media and Social Change


COMM 200 - Introduction to Media Writing


HNES 190 - Introduction to Sport Management


HNES 224 - Sport and Event Management


HNES 226 - Socio-Cultural Dimension in Sport


HNES 304 - Sport Promotion and Public Relations


HNES 305 - Legal Liability and Ethics in Sport


HNES 426 - Sport Administration


HNES 431 - Governance and Policy in Sport


HNES 436 - Contemporary Issues in Sport Management


HNES 485 - Sport Management Internship




Required Minor - Business Administration




Minimum Degree Credits to Graduate

This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic advisor or with the Office of Registration and Records.

Transferring Credits
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Contact Information

Tyler Tracy, Faculty
Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences
North Dakota State University
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Tel: (701) 231-6372 / Fax: (701) 231-8872


Robert Dirk, Academic Advisor
College of Human Development and Education
North Dakota State University
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Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-9848 / Fax: (701) 231-7174

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