Frequently Asked Questions

Q.  Why choose the Sport Management program at UCCS?

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

  • Highly qualified, educated and passionate faculty members.
  • 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.
  • Solid relationships with numerous sports organizations including the United States Olympic Committee, over 20 National Governing Bodies, the English Premier Soccer League, local sport bodies and many more.
  • Small class sizes with individualized attention.
  • Scheduled guest speakers from the sports industry.


Q.  What is Sports Management?

A.  UCCS’s definition of Sports Management is being involved in the business of sports.  This means our program prepares students to work for a sports organization in the field of business. 


Q.  What are some examples of internship placement sites available through the program?

A.  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 Soccer League
  • Seven Denver based professional Teams (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
  • Sky Sox AAA baseball team (affiliate to the Rockies)
  • Multiple 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, Colorado College and UCCS


Q.  What are the admission requirements for the program?

A.  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, and the 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 and ACT scores of 23+ and SAT scores of 1100+. Sport candidates also need to demonstrate a strong commitment to the world of sports.


Q.  Do I need to be a prior or current athlete to qualify for the program?

A.  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 sports.


Q.  Are current athletes able to succeed in both the classroom and on the field in this program?

A.  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.


Q.  I see your school is accredited. Why is that important? Don't all business schools have accreditation?

A.  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.


Q.  I'm thinking of taking my first two years of college at a community college and then transferring in to your program. Would this be okay?

A.  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. 


Q.  How do you assign internships?

A.  We do not assign internships.  We have close working relationships with many senior managers in the sports industry and the program’s Internship Manager informs students about up-coming internships 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.


Q.  What if I come up with my own internship? Is that okay?

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