Sport Business, BBA

Bachelor of Business Administration in Sport Business (650110BBA)

The BBA in Sport Business degree prepares students to answer important questions that arise in sport business. Core competencies include critical thinking and communication skills as well as a broad understanding of business administration-related coursework as it relates to the sport industry. Students gain experience in applying business concepts in sport-specific settings which culminates with a consulting project. Upon completion of the program, students can expect job opportunities in varying roles in professional, intercollegiate, and community sport organizations.

Requirements for Admission

  • 2.5 average cumulative
  • English Composition I and II (ENGL:111 & ENGL:112)
  • Speech requirement (COMM:105 or COMM:106)
  • College Algebra (MATH:145) or Calculus with Business Applications (MATH:210)
  • Principles of Microeconomics (ECON:200) or Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON:201)
  • One of the following courses:
    • Accounting Principles I (ACCT:201)
    • Spreadsheet Modeling & Decision Analysis (ACCT:250)
    • Introduction to Entrepreneurship (ENTRE:201)
    • Legal & Social Environment of Business (BLAW:220)
    • Marketing Principles (MKTG:205)

College of Business Undergraduate Programs 
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The following information has official approval of The Department of Management and The College of Business, but is intended only as a supplemental guide. Official degree requirements are established at the time of transfer and admission to the degree-granting college. Students should refer to the Degree Progress Report (DPR) which is definitive for graduation requirements. Completion of this degree within the identified time frame below is contingent upon many factors, including but not limited to: class availability, total number of required credits, work schedule, finances, family, course drops/withdrawals, successfully passing courses, prerequisites, among others. The transfer process is completed through an appointment with your academic advisor. 



General Education Requirements36
Additional Business Requirements4
College of Business Core42
Sport Business Requirements33
Additional Credits for Graduation *5
Total Hours120

Recommended General Education Courses

Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree must complete the following General Education coursework. Diversity courses may also fulfill major or Breadth of Knowledge requirements. Integrated and Applied Learning courses may also fulfill requirements in the major.
Students are not required to enroll in the specific courses listed below. However, to facilitate successful degree completion, the academic department strongly encourages completion of the following recommendations.
Academic Foundations12
Mathematics, Statistics and Logic: 3 credit hours
Algebra for Calculus
Speaking: 3 credit hours
Introduction to Public Speaking
Effective Oral Communication
Writing: 6 credit hours
English Composition I
English Composition II
Breadth of Knowledge 22
Arts/Humanities: 9 credit hours
Introduction to Ethics
Natural Sciences: 7 credit hours
Social Sciences: 6 credit hours
Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to Sociology
Domestic Diversity
Introduction to Sociology
Global Diversity
Integrated and Applied Learning2
Select one class from one of the following subcategories:
Complex Issues Facing Society
Review the General Education Requirements page for detailed course listings.
Total Hours36

Additional Business Requirements

General Education Mathematics Requirement
MATH:145Algebra for Calculus4
Required Business Courses
BUSN:110College of Business Success Seminar 1
BUSN:111Professional Development Seminar
Recommended Business Courses
BUSN:200Personal Leadership Skills
Total Hours4

Only required for new first-year students. Transfer students are excluded from this requirement.

College of Business Core1

ECON:201Principles of Macroeconomics 23
or ECON:244 Introduction to Economic Analysis
BUSN:230Business Communication3
ACCT:201Accounting Principles I3
ACCT:202Accounting Principles II3
ACCT:250Spreadsheet Modeling & Decision Analysis3
BLAW:220Legal & Social Environment of Business3
FIN:301Principles of Finance3
MGMT:304Business Statistics3
MGMT:201Management: Principles & Concepts3
MGMT:305Business Analytics3
MGMT:490Strategic Management3
SCM:330Principles of Supply Chain and Operations Management3
MKTG:205Marketing Principles3
INTB:205International Business3
Total Hours42

Student must also have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 across the College of Business Core. 


Students cannot get credit for both ECON:201 and ECON:244.  

 Sport Business Requirements

SPRT:100Introduction to Sport Studies 13
SPRT:424Sports Leadership 23
MGMT:370Financial Issues in Sport3
MGMT:422Applied Sales in Sport3
MGMT:404Current Topics in Sport Business3
MGMT:470Sport Business Consulting Project3
Additional Approved Electives15
Total Hours33

MGMT:202 Introduction to Sport Business may be substituted for SPRT:100


MGMT:307 Strategic Leadership in Sport Business may be substituted for SPRT:424

Graduation Requirements – Review DPR for Status

  • 120 Credit Hours
  • CBA Residency = Last 15 credits earned in the College of Business
  • UA Residency = Students must complete their final 30 credits in residence at The University of Akron
  • At least 50% of the business core and major course requirements must be earned at The University of Akron
  • Overall GPA = 2.3
  • Major GPA = 2.0
  • Business & Economics GPA = 2.0

Recommended Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
BUSN:110 College of Business Success Seminar 1-3
ENGL:111 English Composition I 3
MATH:145 Algebra for Calculus 4
Introduction to Public Speaking
or Effective Oral Communication
SOCIO:100 Introduction to Sociology 3
Humanities Requirement 3
Spring Semester
BUSN:111 Professional Development Seminar 1
ENGL:112 English Composition II 3
Arts/Humanities Requirement 3
Global Diversity Requirement 3
Arts Requirement 3
Natural Science Requirement with Lab 4
2nd Year
Fall Semester
ECON:200 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ACCT:201 Accounting Principles I 3
ACCT:250 Spreadsheet Modeling & Decision Analysis 3
BLAW:220 Legal & Social Environment of Business 3
MKTG:205 Marketing Principles 3
Spring Semester
ECON:201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
BUSN:230 Business Communication 3
ACCT:202 Accounting Principles II 3
INTB:205 International Business 3
MGMT:201 Management: Principles & Concepts 3
3rd Year
Fall Semester
FIN:301 Principles of Finance 3
MGMT:304 Business Statistics 3
SCM:330 Principles of Supply Chain and Operations Management 3
SPRT:100 Introduction to Sport Studies 3
Complex Issues Requirement 3
Spring Semester
MGMT:305 Business Analytics 3
SPRT:424 Sports Leadership 3
MGMT:422 Applied Sales in Sport 3
Sport Business Elective 3
Natural Science Requirement 3
4th Year
Fall Semester
MGMT:370 Financial Issues in Sport 3
MGMT:404 Current Topics in Sport Business 3
Sport Business Elective 3
Sport Business Elective 3
Free Elective 2
Spring Semester
MGMT:470 Sport Business Consulting Project 3
MGMT:490 Strategic Management 3
Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3
 Total Hours120-122