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ORU Adds Sports Management Degree Program

The sports industry is one of the largest revenue generating industries in the United States and globally, generating over $400 billion per year. In light of this, Oral Roberts University will be adding a new sports management degree program in the fall of 2014.

The sports management degree program will prepare 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, law, sports marketing and facility or event management. Graduates will gain the knowledge and skills needed to excel in a variety of careers with professional and collegiate organizations, individual colleges, public and private organizations, media and entertainment agencies, and facilities and events operations.

ORU has also created strategic relationships with professional sports organizations to assist qualified students with internships and other hands-on experience. These relationships include the Tulsa Shock (WNBA), Tulsa 66ers (NBAD), OKC Thunder (NBA), Tulsa Oilers (CHL), Tulsa Drillers (AA-MLB), PGA, LPGA and NCAA Division I athletic departments.

“ORU offers students many opportunities to work with thriving sports programs in the area,” said ORU student Natalie Donahue, who is currently pursuing a sports management minor. “I can’t say enough about the professors who go above and beyond to connect and teach students how to succeed in the sports industry.”

Donahue was hired to assist with game operations for the 2013-2014 OKC Thunder and Tulsa 66ers season.

For more information on ORU’s new sports management degree, visit http://www.oru.edu/academics/college_of_science_and_engineering/sportsmgt_major.php.