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Sport Management Certificate: Business Skills for the Sport Industry

The Sport Management certificate provides students with the specific application of business concepts to the field of sport. The certificate is designed to meet the accreditation guidelines established by the Committee on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA). This certificate provides students not only with the critical skills necessary to succeed in the sport industry, but numerous field experiences to apply those skills in “real world” sport settings. Faculty work closely with students to provide a quality learning experience in the sport organization of their choice.

As an added perk, once you apply for a certificate you are accepted into Ashland University's MBA program and can continue taking courses toward your MBA degree.

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Sport Management Certificate Credit Hours Prerequisites
MBAF 500E Marketing 3 None
MBA 507 Marketing Management 3 MBAF 500E or equivalent
SMG 572 Sport Management 3 None
SMG 574 Social & Ethical Issues in Sport 3 None
SMG 580 Sport Marketing & Promotions 3 None

Credit for Prior Learning

Have you already earned credentials in your field of study? Credit for prior learning allows students to earn credit for previously earned, industry-recognized credentials, providing students with up to 9 credits toward their graduate business degree.

Grow Your Career with an Ashland Graduate Business Certificate

Whether you are a new student looking to start graduate coursework with a micro-credential or an MBA alumnus looking to enhance your marketability, a graduate business certificate is a great addition to your academic and professional development.

  • Pursue a standalone certificate or integrate it into a full MBA degree.

  • If you already have an MBA degree, a certificate program provides in-depth coursework in a specific business content area.

  • If you’re interested in completing professional development or continuing education hours, completing a certificate program is a short-term goal with immediate ROI.

Expert Faculty

You’ll learn from world-renowned faculty. Seventy percent of our full-time faculty have doctoral degrees. They also have an average of 17.5 years of service at AU and they lead more than 11 different student organizations.

They are members in 25 different professional organizations, from the National Intramural Recreation Sport Association to the North American Society of Sport Management and everything in between!

Our faculty have earned a variety of specialized certifications, such as Certified in Strategy and Competitive Analysis and Mindful Schools. 

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