Sport Management

Going beyond the game

Sports aren't just exciting and enjoyable; as players and coaches we learn to be disciplined, observe the value of hard work, and learn grace in defeat. We know how important competition can be to our lives. Perhaps it should be more than just a hobby for us?

Thousands of opportunities are available in sports. High school, college, semi-professional, major league, and recreational sports all offer a Sport Management major career options. Learn about facility and event management, sport media and sport product manufacturing/sales - then translate your education into a meaningful career that honors Christ!

“I gained a lot of valuable experience through my required internship and that led to my first job in sports.” – Steven Schmitz ('12)


Competitive Careers

Steven Schmitz (’12) landed a job as the Group Sales Account Executive for the Detroit Pistons and Palace Sports and Entertainment after completing his BS in Sport Management. He is in charge of selling group tickets to games and family shows, and he set the NBA record with his coworkers for the “most group tickets to one game” at a game against the Chicago Bulls in March 2015.

“My MBU degree allowed me to get hands-on experience in the community as well as the athletic department through the practicums,” Schmitz said. “I also gained a lot of valuable experience through my required internship, and that led to my first job in sports.”

Because of Schmitz’s Christian background, he was placed in charge of “Faith and Fellowship Night,” which, he explains, “is tailored to bringing out churches to experience a Pistons game, but also fellowship with other churches and learn from pro athletes about how their faith has impacted their lives in basketball.”


Our faculty knows sports

Coach Keith Salscheider played college basketball at Liberty University, St. Cloud State University (Minnesota) and San Diego Christian College (California). His professional basketball career included four years in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA). He averaged 17 points and shot 45 percent from 3-point range for the Great Falls (Montana) Explorers in 2007-08. He has coached and taught at Maranatha since 2012.

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Your potential career

  • Team administration
  • Communications/media contact
  • Facility manager
  • Events manager
  • Financial and business manager
  • Marketing director
  • Travel/tourism contact
  • Activities director

Your potential schedule

Fall Spring 
Introduction to Sport Management2Sport and Society2
Introduction to Business & Management2Introduction to Information Systems2
Computer Applications Seminar1Microsoft Excel1
Christian Life 11New Testament Survey2
Old Testament Survey2English Composition 23
English Composition 13Science Elective3
The Modern World3Math Elective3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking2
Fall Spring 
Leadership and Ethics in Sport3Financing Sport Operations3
Org of Sports & Administration of PE3Campus Sport Management Practicum1
Principles of Accounting 14Sport Management Elective2
Principles of Marketing3Microsoft Access1
Principles of Bible Study2Business Communication3
Christian Life 21Baptist Heritage3
Literature Elective3
Fall Spring 
Recreation Management Practicum1Principles of Management3
Sport Marketing and Public Relations3Athletic Administration Practicum1
Business Law 13Microeconomics3
Macroeconomics3Bible Doctrine 23
Christian Life 31American Studies Elective3
Bible Doctrine 13Open Elective3
Music Elective2
Fall Spring 
Sport Management Elective3Internship in Sport Management12
Bible Electives4Bible Elective2
Open Elective9Open Elective2