Preparing for a Career in Sports Management

Tiger Tracks for careers in Sports Management


  • Typically three-quarters of Hampden-Sydney students were varsity athletes in high school and many carry their love for sports with them throughout their lives. 
  • Potential jobs in this field are numerous, such as sports information director, athletic director, general manager, sports attorney, sports agent, team owner, facility manager, event coordinator, pro team service sponsor, media rights coordinator, and marketing director-all within amateur or professional sports.
  • Take time to consider and solidify what aspect of Sports Management is of greatest interest to you, and evaluate and strategize your personalized approach to that role.
  • Internships are a must, as experience and connections are essential.


Clear communication ability and basic business understanding are essential skills for positions across the realm of Sports Management. In addition to absorbing the broad liberal arts curriculum at Hampden-Sydney, pursuing areas of interest to you and to your chosen niche within Sports Management will help prepare you for your career.

Suggested Courses: These courses either relate directly to the graduate-school course work required for an MS in Sports Management or have an immediate relevance for the Sports Management field.

Psychology Research Methods
Public Finance
Labor Economics & Labor Relations
Economics of Sports
Leadership and Ethics
The Psychology of Sport
Statistical Methods
Social Philosophy
Psychology as a Social Science
Creative Nonfiction

For further information, contact the Associate Dean for Career Education and Vocational Reflection, Rucker Snead.

College Programs And Extracurricular Activities

  • Varsity Team Manager: Varsity athletic programs at Hampden-Sydney employ student managers every season to travel with the team and earn hands-on experience with college athletics.
  • Student Assistant Coach: Students with appropriate interest, experience, and expertise may be invited to participate within a particular program as a student assistant coach.
  • Fitness Center: Student assistants get experience with facility management and maintenance.
  • Game Day Assistant: The Athletic Director's office regularly employs students to assist with the many activities of game day. The athletic administration office also hires students to help with internal operations.
  • Intramural Program Leader: There are opportunities for student leadership in Hampden-Sydney's intramural program, including team captain, referee supervisor, or assistant administrator.
  • Varsity Athlete: If you are a varsity athlete considering a career in Sports Management, your position affords you a great platform to network with professionals in a variety of related positions.

Summer Opportunities

  • Sports Camp Counselor: Working as an administrator at a summer sports camps would be great opportunity to practice leading and mentoring young people through athletics.
  • Minor League Sports Intern: Interning for a minor league professional sports team is a great learning and networking experience. Investigate opportunities with your local team.
  • Career Education and Vocational Reflection Office: A good place to search for more specific internships or to identify networking opportunities within the Hampden-Sydney alumni Sports Management network.
  • Youth Sports Team: Be creative. If there is a team or sports program that you can help manage-your old AAU basketball team, your high school football team, your little brother's rec league t-ball team-do what you can to help. Experience of any kind is valuable.

Graduate School Options

  • Master's in Sports Management or Administration: The most common graduate degree for individuals interested in Sports Management, it may require the GRE for admission (check with your specific program).
    While there are different labels for similar programs throughout the country, Sports Management is the heart of the emerging graduate school programs in the field. Numerous college programs are now established, both for M.S. and Ph.D. work. The considerable growth over the past decades of the amateur and professional sports business has created a much higher demand for personnel with graduate degrees in the field.
  • North American Society of Sports Management: Check out the NASSM website as you begin your research on the nearly 250 Sports Management programs around the nation. The COSMA website may also be helpful.
  • GRE: If you intend to apply to graduate school for Sports Management, we recommend you start preparing for the GRE admissions test in the spring or summer of your junior year so you can report your scores for the fall application deadlines.
  • Traditional Graduate Degrees: Advanced degrees such as the MBA or JD may be applicable to your career, depending on the niche of your interest in the Sports Management field.

Alumni with careers in sports management