Hampton University, Pepperdine University, SUNY College, University of California, University of Florida, University of Miami, University of Michigan and University of Texas are some of the top colleges with sports management programs. Each one has a distinction that makes it stand out from the rest of the colleges in the U.S.
At Hampton University, the sports management program is accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education. Pepperdine University offers a sports administration program that is interdisciplinary, covering business, communications, laws and more. SUNY College's program includes a lot of practical experience, offering a hands-on approach that requires students to complete 120 hours of fieldwork in addition to an internship.
At the University of Florida students have access to five research centers, including the Sport Policy and Research Collaborative and the Innovative Research Initiatives in Sport Events. The program teaches how the concepts of law, finance, marketing and management can be applied within the sports industry. During the final semester of instruction, students are required to complete a 15-credit internship.
The University of Michigan is ranked number 29 among all U.S. universities, as of 2015, according to U.S. News & World. The coursework of the Sport Management program includes such diverse topics as ethical and legal issues, organizational strategy, marketing and promotion, fund-raising, finance, economics, media and facility management.
The University of Texas was ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the number 17 university among the top public schools in 2015. Its program prepares students for managerial, marketing or administrative careers in a variety of settings within the sports industry. Areas of study include the structure/organization of sports programs, revenue/budgeting in sports, event promotion and sports law.