Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the admission requirements for the Sport Management program?
A: All prospective sport management students must first be accepted into the College of Business. We then evaluate those who have expressed an interest in the Sport Management area of emphasis. While there are no set admission standards, in-coming freshman classes have averaged between 3.5 and 3.6 GPA (on a 4 point scale) and 25 ACT scores.
Q: What if my grades are lower than that?
A: Each case is evaluated separately. We do consider things other than just GAP and ACT/SAT scores. However, as a rule of thumb we would only consider a student with a GPA of less than 3.0 (on a 4 point scale) who demonstrated some additional extraordinary circumstances.
Q. I'm an athlete in residence at the USOC training center. There are times when I will need to travel to compete in events. If I join your program will my professors be willing to work with me on schedules?
A: Yes. Most members of the faculty are happy to work with students with special needs as long as students inform them of travel plans well in advance.
Q: If I join your program will I be able to compete on UCCS teams?
A: Absolutely. Of course each student must make a team based upon their athletics merits. Varsity teams are housed in the Athletic Department. The College of Business has no input on team selections.
Q: Can you guarantee me a job in the sports industry upon graduation?
A: No. Economic conditions, student performance, internship experiences will greatly influence who receives a job offer. We provide a strong education and excellent internship opportunities. It is your internship that will open doors and provide you with high-level contacts in the field of sport management.
Q: Why is your program in a business school. It appears to me that many sport programs are in other departments?
A: We believe that the best place to learn about management - no matter what industry a student may be interested in - is in a business school. Members of our faculty have extensive work experience and earned their doctorates at the nation's top business schools.
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 for the past 20 years.
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, event work experiences, and internships throughout your four-year undergraduate education. We will consider highly qualified transfers each year, but give priority to incoming freshmen. With a maximum of 43 positions available each year, the number of transfer openings is very small, and because the program is highly specialized many transfer students "lose" credits that are not applicable to the sport management program.
Q: How do you assign internships?
A: We do not assign internships. We have close working relationships with many senior managers in the sport industry. We inform students about up-coming internships announcements, counsel them on career paths, and follow 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 out internship coordinator in order to insure that the internship consists of meaningful work.
Q: I received a degree in sports marketing from another college but we didn't have internships. Can you get me an internship?
A: Sorry, we focus strictly upon our students. When recommending a student to a prospective employer we feel it is incumbent upon us to know the character of that student.
Q: Do you offer financial aid?
A: The university offers financial aid to qualified students.