College of Business

UCCS Sport Management Program

Welcome to the home page of the Sport Management Program in the College of Business at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.  Our program is designed to prepare students to enter this thriving and demanding field to pursue the career of their dreams.  We hope you find what you are looking for and encourage you to contact us with any questions you may have. 

UCCS Sport Management


Ethan Honaman, Alumni


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Frequently Asked Questions

Although there are many excellent programs across the world, our program is unique for these reasons:

  • Our program is housed in the College of Business, which means you earn a Business degree with an emphasis in Sport Management.  This diversifies and prepares students interested in entering the Business of Sports.
  • Established internship opportunities with numerous sports organizations including the United States Olympic Committee, approximately 25 National Governing Bodies, teams in the English Premier League, local sport bodies and many more.
  • Small class sizes with individualized attention.
  • Scheduled guest speakers from all aspects of the sports industry.
  • Highly qualified, educated and passionate faculty members.

UCCS's definition of Sports Management is being involved in the business of sport in all contexts including for profit (e.g., professional sports), not for profit (e.g., collegiate sports, the Olympic movement), and the public sector (e.g., parks and recreation).

Students have the opportunity to get involved in almost all aspects of sports including:

  • U.S. Olympic Committee and more than 25 National Governing Bodies
  • English Premier League clubs or teams
  • Many Denver based professional Teams (Rapids, Broncos, Rockies, Nuggets, Avalanche, Outlaws, Cutthroats, Mammoth)
  • The Sports Corp: operator of the Rocky Mountain State Games, Warrior Games and the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb among many others
  • Sky Sox AAA baseball team (affiliate to the Colorado Rockies)
  • Switchbacks Football Club (USL Pro affiliate to the MLS)
  • Multiple collegiate athletic conferences: Mountain West Conference, Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, National Junior College Athletic Association, National Collegiate Hockey Conference
  • Three collegiate athletic programs: U.S. Air Force Academy (Div. I), Colorado College (Div. III) and UCCS (Div. II)

As a 'Program of Distinction' candidates are evaluated on multiple criteria:

  • High School GPA (including a review of specific courses attempted, grades on core courses, and recent semester trends)
  • ACT or SAT scores
  • Participation in sports, sport-related and community activities
  • Supplemental application for the Sport Management program

Because this program has limited spaces, in general, students who are strong candidates for the program have high school/transfer GPAs above 3.3 with scores in Math and English of 23+ (ACT) and 540+ (SAT). Sport candidates also need to demonstrate a strong commitment to the world of sports.

Although many of our Sport Management students are prior or current athletes, this is not a requirement for the program.  You just need a passion for sport and the desire to pursue a career in the management of sports.

Absolutely.  Many of the Sport Management students are current UCCS or USOC athletes and have proven to be successful at both passions/pursuits.  Athletes and non-athletes alike are held to the same academic standards and expectations, thus time management is essential for all.

AACSB Accreditation

Accreditation means that a school has met a defined standard of excellence.  While most business schools receive some form of accreditation, only the top 30% of US based business schools and 5% of international business schools meet the AACSB standards.  The College of Business at UCCS has maintained AACSB accreditation since 1989.

We would strongly encourage students to attend all four years at UCCS.  Our curriculum is set up to provide you with critical classes, field study experiences, and internships throughout your four-year undergraduate education.  We will consider highly qualified transfers each year, however transfer students may find that not all credits transfer into our program as course-equivalents and therefore are likely to spend about 3 years in our program.

We do not assign internships.  We have close working relationships with many managers in the sports industry and the program's Internship Manager informs students about upcoming internship announcements, counsels them on career paths, and follows their progress.  However, each student is responsible for pursuing an internship and securing it based upon their efforts.

Yes.  However, all internships must be cleared with our Internship Manager in order to ensure that the internship consists of meaningful work related to our internship requirements.