Physical Education and Sport/Sport Administration, BS

  • Krystle Lucci

    HANDS-ON EXPERIENCES, INTERNSHIPS — Krystle Lucci ’14, BS in Sport Administration, currently pursuing an MS in Sport Science: “During my junior year, I was an intern for the facility operations supervisor at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. I gained the most hands-on, valuable experience that I possibly could, not only on the operations side, but on the events management side as well.”

    The Road to a Management Position in the Sports Industry

    Athletics and business team up to create a winning combination in the Physical Education and Sport–Sport Administration major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In this degree program, you’ll take a core of major classes and a set of sport administration courses that will give you the foundation you’ll need for your career. You’ll also take classes to earn a minor in business.

    At IUP, you’ll enroll in classes such as Prevention and Care of Injuries to the Physically Active, Motor Behavior, Human Structure and Function, Aquatic Facilities Management, Law and Issues in Managing Sport, and Managing Facilities and Events in Sports. You’ll also take an internship. For your business minor, you’ll study accounting, finance, marketing, and communications. The program offers practical application experience through a supervised internship experience. The program curriculum adheres to the guidelines set by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation.

    Many scholar-athletes at IUP combine their studies with their interest in sports. A Division II school, IUP is a respected competitor in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference in eight varsity sports for men and 11 for women. IUP also offers a variety of club and intramural sports.

    What You’ll Become

    Graduates pursue jobs in college athletic departments, community recreation organizations, major- and minor-league sport franchises, commercial sport facilities, golf courses, gyms, and businesses that produce or sell sports equipment. This program does not lead to teacher certification for schools.

    Sport administration/management is an interdisciplinary profession that matches business expertise with the knowledge of sport. Sport managers use a variety of skills in a management capacity within the growing sport industry.

    Students develop knowledge of the ethical, financial, economic, social, and legal aspects of the sport industry. Students can seek employment in school and college athletic departments, coaching, community recreation organizations, minor and major league franchises, commercial sport facilities, the YMCA system, and the golf industry, as well as other athletic and sport-related industries.

    Sport Administration Curriculum

    Curriculum Check Sheet: This is a downloadable file that allows students to save to their computer or print from home in order to track their progress through this program.

    Liberal Studies: As outlined in Liberal Studies section with the following specifications: Total Credits: 47

    Mathematics: MATH 217

    Natural Science: BIOL 104, and 4 credit lab science

    Social Science: ECON 121, PSYC 101

    Liberal Studies Electives: 6cr, BTED/COSC/IFMG 101, ECON 122, no courses with HPED prefix  

    Core Requirements: 17 credits
    Course No. Course Name Credits
    HPED 142 Foundations of Health, Physical Education, and Sport 3cr
    HPED 175 Prevention and Care of Injuries to the Physically Active 2cr
    HPED 209 Motor Behavior 3cr
    HPED 341 Evaluation in Health and Physical Education 3cr
    HPED 344 Adapted Physical Activity and Sport 3cr
    HPED 441 Psychosocial Implications for Health and Physical Education 3cr
    Sport Administration Requirements: 35 credits
    Course No. Course Name Credits
    HPED 256 Applied Human Structure and Conditioning 3cr
    HPED 280 Aquatic Facilities Management 2cr
    HPED 292 Introduction to Sport Management 3cr
    HPED 319 Preprofessional Experience II 3cr
    HPED 320 Managing Facilities and Events in Sports 3cr
    HPED 351 Managing Budgets & Technology in Sport 3cr
    HPED 445 Business Practices in Sport 3cr
    HPED 460 Law and Issues in Managing Sport 3cr
    HPED 465 Sport Management Capstone 3cr
    HPED 493 Internship 3cr
    Select two courses from the following: MGMT 105, ECON 239, HPED 315, 335, 343, 375, 412, MGMT 275, 300, MKTG 321 6cr
    Business Minor Requirements: 21 credits
    Course No. Course name Credits
    ACCT 201 Accounting Principles I 3cr
    ACCT 202 Accounting Principles II 3cr
    BLAW 235 Legal Environment of Business 3cr
    BCOM 321 Business and Interpersonal Communication 3cr
    FIN 310 Fundamentals of Finance 3cr
    MGMT 310 Principles of Management 3cr
    MKTG 320 Principles of Marketing 3cr

    Total Degree Requirements: 120

    For more information, contact Dr. Joshua Castle: or 724-357-6248.