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States with sports management schools

How will your sports management education stack up?

Take a few moments to compare how the sports management education in your home state compares with that of other states in the nation. The US has 436 brick and mortar sports management schools.

Top Schools

In 2010, the top schools in the country with sports management programs were:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York
  2. Northwestern University - located in Evanston, Illinois
  3. The University of Texas at Austin - located in Austin, Texas

Student Demographics

In the US, 8,660 students graduated from sports management programs in 2010. Of these students, 143 received certifications in sports management, 6,384 received an undergraduate degree in sports management, and 2,133 received a graduate-level degree in sports management.


Students can pursue education in sports management at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Sports Management
  • Bachelor's Degree in Sports Management
  • Master's Degree in Sports Management
  • Doctoral Degree in Sports Management
  • Certificate in Sports Management

Sports management students can expect to gain the following skills and/or knowledge while studying sports management:

  • Data Analysis
  • Teamwork
  • Marketing
  • Leadership
  • Problem Solving


Students at sports management schools around the nation paid an average of $21,056 in tuition fees per year in 2010. The sports management schools charging the highest tuition were:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York, students paid $41,316
  2. Northwestern University - located in Evanston, Illinois, students paid $38,463
  3. University of Miami - located in Miami, Florida, students paid $36,188

The lowest tuition was charged by the following sports management schools:

  1. University of Central Florida - located in Orlando, Florida, students paid $4,526
  2. University of Idaho - located in Moscow, Idaho, students paid $4,932
  3. Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College - located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, students paid $5,233

How will your sports management job compare?

A large number of sports management majors work as sports managers after graduation. In 2010, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 342,960 sports managers working in the US. The following states have the largest number of sports managers:

  1. Illinois - 43,790 Sports Managers
  2. California - 38,170 Sports Managers
  3. New Jersey - 19,620 Sports Managers

Projected Growth

The projected growth for sports managers is expected to be the fastest in the following states:

  1. Utah - 18%
  2. Texas - 13%
  3. Virginia - 9%


On average, a sports manager earns a salary of $93,320 per year in the US. However, the salary for a sports manager can greatly vary based on factors such as your exact job description, work conditions or education. Salaries for sports managers range from less than $15,700 per year to more than $164,820 per year. The states with the highest average salary for a sports manager are:

  1. Washington DC - $126,340 per year
  2. Delaware - $122,540 per year
  3. California - $122,380 per year

Sports managers in the following states make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Indiana - $65,020 per year
  2. Montana - $69,530 per year
  3. West Virginia - $70,620 per year

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sports management?

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Managers, All Other 342,960 $102,160 0.7%