Sports Management

Bachelor of Science Degree

Program Overview

The sports industry is one of the largest revenue generating industries in the United States and globally, generating over $715 billion per year. It is a diverse and growing field incorporating multiple sectors including professional organizations, collegiate organizations and individual colleges, public and private organizations, media and entertainment agencies, and facilities and events operations. While the field is specialized, jobs in sports management continue to expand and are in high demand.

ORU’s Sports Management degree prepares students for advanced work in all sectors of the sports industry by providing a broad understanding of the field, while also teaching specific management skills in the areas of finance, sports personnel management, sports law, sports marketing, and sport facility and sport event management. Based in Tulsa, OK, students have the unique opportunity to learn hands on with both professional sports organizations – OKC Blue (NBAD), OKC Thunder (NBA), Tulsa Oilers (CHL), Tulsa Drillers (AA-MLB), Tulsa Roughnecks (Minor League Soccer) PGA and LPGA, as well as NCAA Division I athletic departments – Oral Roberts University (Summit League Conference), the University of Oklahoma (Big XII), Oklahoma State University (Big XII), and the University of Tulsa (American Athletic Conference). We also work with NASCAR, AAU Jr. Olympics, FCA, NFL and the retired NFL Players Association.


The ORU Sports Management program was recently recognized by as one of the 20 Great Small Colleges for a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management 2015.


The Sports Management department is located in the Kenneth H. Cooper Aerobics Center. Kenneth H. Cooper, a former Air Force physician and innovator of the exercise program used by astronauts, supported this aspect of the whole-person philosophy. The Aerobics Center facility includes classrooms, an indoor swimming pool, basketball courts, an indoor running track and state-of-the-art exercise equipment for both men and women. The faculty and staff provide an encouraging environment for students to learn and participate in activities that will provide enjoyable leisure and fitness on a regular basis.

Multiple venues on ORU’s campus for student internships includes the Mabee Center, Case Soccer Complex, J.L. Johnson Baseball Stadium and other collegiate venues around the city of Tulsa. Professional venues include the BOK Center (NCAA, NBA, and CHL), Chesapeak Arena (NBA), and ONEOK Ballpark (AA-MLB, Minor League Soccer), along with numerous golf courses which allow Tulsa to host numerous PGA, LPGA, NCAA and Junior Golf events.


With a degree in Sports Management several career options are available. A few of the options you may consider include:

  • Professional Sports: NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, MLS, PGA, LPGA, etc...
  • Olympic and International Sports: AAU, USOC, IOC, Olympics, World Cup Soccer, etc...
  • Collegiate Athletics: NCAA, NJCAA, NAIA, etc...
  • Sports Venue Management – Arenas, Stadiums, Sports Complex, Golf Courses, etc...
  • Sports Travel and Tourism Industry
Course Offerings
  • Intro to Sports Management
  • Global Perspectives in Sports and Leisure
  • Sports Facility and Event Management
  • Programming in Sport and Leisure
  • Psychology of Human Performance
  • Leadership in Sports and Leisure Services
  • Legal and Aspects of Sports and Leisure
  • Internship in Sports Management

Concentrations available in administration, broadcasting, operations and sales and marketing.

SportS Management Degree Plan


Sport Management Minor


AAU Jr. Olympics


Terry Shannon
Phone: 918-495-6787