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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.

  • Kinesiology, Health, and Sport Science Department
  • Zink Hall, Room 225
    1190 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2771
  • Fax: 724-357-3777
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.