Sport Studies and Sport Business Accelerated Program

4+1 BA Sport Studies + MS Sport Business Management Program Overview

Combining foundational knowledge in sports studies with the networking and professional development gained in an MS in sports management degree prepares students to succeed at any scale.

You’ll apply as an undergraduate, earn up to 12 graduate credits as you wrap up the BA in Sport Studies curriculum, and graduate with an MS in Sport Business Management in just two more semesters.

When you graduate, you’ll be incredibly well-prepared to enter various fields in the entertainment and sports management realm as a manager, director, or independent entrepreneur. Graduates and faculty of Manhattanville’s 4+1 accelerated pathway are employed at top companies, including the NBA, the NFL, the MLB and MLB teams, the NHL, college athletics and much more!

Accelerated Sport Business Management Education

Manhattanville’s 4+1 accelerated degree program in sports management provides students with a flexible format that supports their life and career goals.

The accelerated BA/MS in Sport Business Management program allows students to earn their graduate degree in just one year following their bachelor’s degree coursework, much faster than the typical graduate business degree.


Sample Study Plan

Years One–Three: Undergraduate coursework in sport studies; can start graduate coursework in third year.

Year Four: Combined undergraduate and graduate coursework.

Year Five: Complete remaining graduate coursework in business management.


Hit the ground running and rise up the ladder in the exciting field of sports and health business management with Manhattanville’s 4+1 accelerated BA/MS degree program.

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The accelerated master’s in sports management program curriculum creates a seamless transition from the BA in Sport Studies to the MS in Sport Business Management.

In undergraduate courses, develop expertise in the science and business of sports, health, and athletics, as well as the social, cultural, psychological, and political aspects of the field. In accelerated master’s courses, enhance your strategic instincts and gain solid professional experience.

The combined BA/MS program in sports management requires:

  • 120 undergraduate credits
  • 36 graduate credits
  • Graduate internship 

In the 5-year accelerated program format, 12 out of the 36 required graduate credits are earned through the BA in Sport Studies, saving time and money on your educational journey.

Sports management career paths include athlete management, sports marketing and promotion, sports journalism, and program direction for any age or professional level. Earning graduate-level credentials expands the possibility of advancing to management, supervisory, or director-level roles in the operations and management of sports and entertainment organizations.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that employment in entertainment and sports occupations is predicted to grow 13% over ten years by 2031, making it a high-demand profession with opportunities for promotion and advancement in dynamic settings from collegiate athletics to global sports programming.

Career pathways with a master’s in sport business management include:

  • Athletic Director
  • Coach
  • Scout
  • Program Development Coordinator
  • Operations Manager
  • Sports Agent
  • Facilities Manager
  • Business Development Specialist or Manager
  • Camp or Program Administrator
  • Supply or Equipment Sales Manager
  • Marketing and Public Relations Manager
  • Data Analytics Manager
  • Sports Journalist

The professional skills and business acumen you develop in the accelerated BA in Sport Studies + MS in Sport Business Management program are derived from an interdisciplinary curriculum and integrated internship experience.

With these skills, careers in the business offices of sports and entertainment organizations are within reach. Additionally, focus your master’s studies in either sports business or entertainment management, enhancing your skills in your ideal career path.


Sport Business Management Career Salary

Holding a master’s degree helps you to enter your ideal field at a higher rate of compensation, especially if you don’t have prior relevant experience. The BLS provides the following roles and median annual salaries for advanced occupations in sports and business management:

Admission to the Sport Studies 4+1 accelerated degree program at Manhattanville’s School of Arts and Sciences is offered to full-time undergraduate students who earn a minimum GPA in their major courses prior to beginning graduate work.

To prepare for the opportunity to combine the BA in Sport Studies with graduate-level training in sports management, attend our next info session, and request more information.

Admissions counselors are ready to answer any questions you have about application components, program requirements, and more.

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Accelerated Sport Management Program Financial Aid

Combining a bachelor’s and master’s degree through the 4+1 accelerated pathway already saves you tuition costs. Manhattanville’s robust financial aid opportunities can also be a part of your plan to invest in your future sport management career.

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Apply to the 4+1 Accelerated BA in Sport Studies + MS in Sport Business Management Program

Manhattanville University’s unique 4+1 accelerated degree program in sports management combines industry-driven content with convenient accelerated graduate education, supporting newcomers to sports industry careers by pairing knowledge about sport and professional business skills.

If you are seeking an educational pathway to best support your future sports management career, begin your application to the combined BA in Sport Studies + MS in Sport Business Management today.


Contact Us

  • School of Arts and Sciences

    Amy Bass

    Sport Studies

    Dave Torromeo

    Program Director
    Sport Business and Entertainment Management