Sport Management

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Sport
Management and Biblical Studies

Put your passion into action.

Study Sport Management at LBC

Faith in Action 

If you're looking for an education in sport management that's hands-on, practical and focused on giving you résumé-ready skills and experience, look no further. At Lancaster Bible College, our sports management degree allows students to be a part of the 400 billion dollar industry - before they even graduate. 

While there are many colleges that offer sports management programs, there's none quite like ours. With a program that is intentionally designed to give students field experience before graduating, our students leave equipped and ready to lead in their industry.

Furthermore, our students get the chance to integrate their faith into their profession through our unique program that places a strong emphasis on Bible classes, professional classes and coaching classes. In fact, our students graduatewith a major in sport management and a minor in biblical studies. 

So if you're looking for a Christian college that will give you and education in the Bible and beyond, consider applying to LBC to study sports management.

Why Study Sports Management at LBC?

  • Get Certified: Earn certifications from the American Sport Education Program in Coaching and a certificate in ConcussionWise.
  • So Many Options: Enjoy earning a degree that offers you flexible job options following graduation - sports management careers are varied and versatile.
  • Fast & Flexible Schedule: The fast-paced schedule allows you to concentrate on one 6 week course at a time.
  • Life Experience Credit: Earn college credits from our evaluation of your life experiences.
  • Earn Your Degree Your Way: Study completely online, only in class or even do a combination of both!
  • Accredited: Earn your degree from an accredited Bible college in PA.

" . . . let us run with endurance the race set out for us." - Hebrews 12:1b

Curriculum Plan

Sport Management (120 Credits)

Sport Management Major: 36 Credits
Biblical Studies Minor: 18 Credits
General Education: 42 Credits
Electives: 24 Credits


Minor Course Plan

Course Requirements (15 credits)

  • SPM 105 Intro to Sport Management (3)
  • SPM 325 Fundamentals of Coaching (3)
  • SOC 305 Sport Psychology (3)
  • SOC 412 Sociology of Sport (3)
  • The fifth class is any other SPM course offered by the department

Sample Course Outline

SPM 105 - Introduction to Sport Management

This introductory course in the sport management program is designed to provide the student with an overview of the tools necessary in organizing and administering a sport management program. General principles, basic sport management skill development as well as practices and concepts in the sport management field will be discussed.

SPM 130 - Sport Communication

This course provides the student with an under­standing of the uses of sport communication at the professional, scholastic, parachurch and church levels. The course will cover areas including the role of commu­nications in management, news release writing, working with and utilizing the various forms of media, use of the internet in com­munications and sports, crisis management, pitch­ing stories, interviews, and ethics. Emphasis will be placed on development communi­cation, telecommunication, audio-visual commu­nication, mass communication, sports informa­tion, public relations, and community relations.

PHE 180 - Sports & Games

This core course is designed to assist students in preparing appropriate sports and game activities for children, youth, and adults. Students explore the developmental stages of growth as they relate to play and games. Students also explore fundamental strategies of sports and games for efficient play and providing a safe environment for play. The interaction of non-traditional gaming and traditional sports and the impact on team performance and personal growth are a consistent theme.

SPM 270 - Sport Marketing

This course is designed to give an overview of the marketing process and the marketing plan as they pertain to sport organizations. Topics to be covered include marketing terminology, formation of a marketing plan, making marketing decisions and factors that affect the successful promotion of an organization.

SPM 190 - Team Sports

This course is designed to introduce students to the games of softball, soccer, volleyball, and basketball. Emphasis is placed on the fundamental skills, rules, and basic strategies for each sport. Lifetime fitness and wellness are stressed in this course.

SPM 320 - Organizationad Leadership in Sport

This course is designed to provide and examination of effective leadership. Students will examine general concepts in leadership (theories, principles, traits, skills, etc.) that exist and are necessary to every sport organization. In addition, the core of organizational leadership will center on the four traditional fundamentals of management, which include: management planning, organizing, leading, and controlling.

SPM 315 - Administration of Physical Education & Athletic Programs

This course is designed to give an overview of the administration of a physical education and school athletic program. Topics covered include staff recruitment and supervision, budgeting, equipment purchase, maintenance, scheduling of athletic events, officials, facilities, public relations, sport management, and sport promotions.

SOC 412 - Sociology of Sport

This is a required course for students in the sport management curriculum and is designed to assist students in understanding the sociological aspects of sport in our culture as well as other cultures in an attempt to prepare them to use sport as a tool for management.

SPM 420 - Sport Finance and Economics

This course is designed to give an overview and analysis of financial and economic concepts applied to sport environments. Students will examine the biblical guidelines for financial management and stewardship. Fundraising from various constituencies will be explored. Topics to be covered include preparation of financial plans, business plans, market trends, strategic budgeting and operating budgets.

SPM 470 - Sport Law and Ethics

This course introduces the student to the fundamental tenets of the law, the legal structure, and basic legal terminology. Students will examine various types of law such as contracts, torts, and the ways in which these laws affect the sport environment. The review of law and ethics will include an investigation of the biblical perspective on these topics. The material will seek to heighten the student’s awareness of the preventive measures that can be taken to reduce the risk of liability with various sport settings.

cosma sealThe sport management degree program at Lancaster Bible College has received specialized accreditation through the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation ( COSMA) located in Fort Collins, CO, USA. The sport management program in the following area is accredited by COSMA: Bachelor of Science in Sport Management & Biblical Studies.

Careers and Jobs in Sport Management

  • College Coach
  • Athletic Director
  • League Manager
  • Staff for Professional Sports Team
  • Sports Coach
  • Sports Administration

How Does the Accelerated Course Schedule Work?

The Accelerated program consists of TWO terms:

  1. Fall: July–December
  2. Spring: January–June

Each term is comprised of FOUR course sessions. A course session runs for SIX classes and runs back-to-back across all the weeks of the year. Due to holidays and breaks, a course session may vary between 6-8 weeks. Exact dates for each term are available through the Accelerated Office.

Students may choose to take their courses either in class, online, or both.

  • In class
    Students taking on-site classes come once a week for five weeks per course. Our courses typically meet on Tuesday* nights from 6 to 10 PM. During the sixth week of the course, class does not meet so that  students can complete their course work.
    (*Philadelphia classes meets Monday through Thursday.)
  • Online classes
    Students taking online courses are not required to attend class at any time. Instead, they engage in collaborative learning through eCampus (Schoology), our learning management system. Learn more about studying online.

Determining What Courses To Take

Each student’s path to completion is unique, depending upon the courses you are transferring into the program. The curriculum plan above gives a broad picture of the required credits. If your transfer credits come from mostly one of those areas, you will need to take credits in the other areas. The remaining courses you need for graduation can best be determined after reviewing your transcripts. With flexible electives, Bible and Theology requirements, and General Education requirements, most students are able to transfer to LBC the maximum number of credits.

Credits for Prior Learning. Students can earn up to 30 life experience credits, through the Credits for Prior Learning evaluation process, which will often reduce the time to complete a degree. The life experience credit evaluation process is done after a student begins a program.

When Can I Start?

As soon as you are ready. LBC has 8 entry points per year meaning you are only ever a few weeks away till the next course starts.

Looking for Ways to Finance Your Degree?

Our LBC Financial Aid Office can help you navigate through the process. Learn more

A Closer Look: Accelerated Program

Featured Alumnus: Carroll Briggs ('17)

Hear from Carroll Briggs about his experience earning his degree online through LBC's accelerated undergraduate degrees program.

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