MBA Sports Management

The TU MBA In Sports Management: Your “Front Row Ticket” To Real-World Success

Join us for where the classroom meets the real world of sports!

Tiffin University's Sport Management MBA has demonstrated an aptitude for attracting top professionals from all sectors of the industry whether an aspiring student or one of the many terminally qualified faculty serving as instructors. You may be surprised to be in a class with a Vice President from the NFL, a tournament director with the PGA in Texas, a video analyst for the Cleveland Browns in Ohio, a director with the Toronto Raptors in Canada, or a sport broadcaster from a regional radio station in Indiana. Recreation directors, high school athletic directors, collegiate coaches, and sport marketing representatives also enroll in the MBA Sport Management program which is growing significantly since graduating its first class in 2009.

Tiffin University is able to boast about attracting some of the most connected professionals in the industry to teach in the program. Faculty have included the President of the United States Olympian's Association, President of the Sierra Leone (Africa) Olympian's Association, a Martial Arts specialist in Paris with ties to organizing the World Karate Championships, a former executive with the Boston Celtics and Atlanta Braves, the former Director of Education for the NCAA, and a member of the Sport Lawyers Association with significant experience consulting professional athletes. No doubt, Tiffin University's Sport Management MBA is developing a global reputation as one of the premier graduate programs in the USA.

The Mentorship Program

One of the great advantages of the MBA in Sports Management is that you will be required to participate in a supervised mentorship program with a professional who has appropriate experience and is able to demonstrate a record of outstanding contribution to the profession. The online convenience and flexibility of the mentorship experience has significantly impacted the geographic boundaries for students interested in furthering their academic career in sports. Students are required to complete an application for verification and approval. During the mentorship, students develop a web portfolio and maintain a blog to journal the experiences from their contact hours.

Mentors have included sports agent and President of MWF Enterprises (Molly Fletcher); Indiana Pacers Broadcaster (Chris Denari); New York Liberty Vice President (Kristen Bernert); Dallas Cowboys Assistant Director of Suites (Heather Fuxa); Oakland Raiders Director of Personnel (Dane VanDernat); Georgia State Soccer Association Director (Jade Beaulieu); Sports Agent and President of Merit Management Group (Stephanie Stanley) CEO of AWP Sports Performance (Mike Ledo); National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports Los Angeles (Chad Simmons); CEO of Vahid Management and Production Company (Thomas Robinson); Cincinnati Reds Park Operations Manager (Sean Brown); Houston Rockets Promotions Coordinator (Chirslord Templonuevo); National Sports Manager for Tampa Bay Sports (Teri Parnell); Greater Cleveland Sports Commission Senior Vice President of Events (Meredith Scerba); New York Mets Vice President of Venue Services (Mike Landeen); Pittsburgh Penguins Director of Government Affairs (Abass Kamara); FirstJobinSports Executive Director (Brad Freeman); Atlanta Hawks Coordinator of Community Development (Margo Kline), and NBA Player Representative (Darryl Greene) to name a few.

We make it easy for you and can accommodate flexible scheduling for mentorships in any semester ~ spring, summer, or fall!

Olympic Connection

The university coordinates a cross-cultural experience with the summer Olympic Games offering academic credit for students accepted to the scholars program.  The program has been held in Athens, Greece (2004); Beijing, China (2008); London, England (2012); and soon - in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2016).  Official volunteers have used service hours towards their Mentorship.  Any student may substitute a course in the sports management concentration with the Olympic special topics course. The program has included over 40 students from dozens of universities across the US who enroll in an academic course through Tiffin University.  All participants work closely with the World Olympian Association on a humanitarian service project for underprivileged youth in the host city and have opportunities to volunteer at the official Olympic Reunion Center or with the African Olympic Village.

International Certificate in Martial Arts Management

Only six classes!  Apply three of Tiffin University's MBA Sport Management courses with three specialized courses offered by Horizon’s University in Paris, France to earn a Graduate Certificate in Martial Arts Management. With both institutions accredited by the European Council of Business Education, Horizons University and Tiffin University have collaborated to create a global online certificate program to meet the needs of professionals employed in martial arts studios, clubs, and gyms for training in Aikido, Boxing, Jiu-Jitsu, Grappling, Hapkido, Judo, Jujitsu, Karate, Kendo, Kickboxing, Krav Maga, Kung Fu, Taekwon Do, Tai Chi, Ultimate Fighting, and Wrestling.  For more information, click HERE.

Your TU MBA Can Lead You To Real-World Success: Careers!

TU notables include the NFL Vice President of Player Development, a majority team owner of a minor league franchise, an NFL scout, a former Assistant GM, a two-time NFL Super Bowl wide receiver, and a PGA tournament director.  In 2009-2010, students interned with the Cleveland Indians, Women’s Sports Foundation, Salem Red Sox, LRMR (LeBron James) Marketing Company, the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission.  Several courses in The BBA and MBA are taught by a certified NBA sports agent, President of the National Olympians Association in Sierra Leone [Africa], and the former Director of Media Relations for the Boston Celtics and Marketing Coordinator for the Atlanta Braves.

You can look forward to beginning or continuing a successful career with a wide variety of sports organizations. Consider the connections Tiffin University has developed in the sports industry – consider this partial listing of locations where TU alumni and students work, have worked, or interned:

  • NCAA Headquarters
  • Atlanta Hawks
  • Philadelphia Eagles
  • Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Virgina Tech Athletic Development
  • Fox Sports Los Angeles Scouting Services
  • Tacoma (Washington) Sports Commission
  • Boise State University Football
  • Indiana Tech Intramural and Recreation Department
  • West Michigan White Caps
  • World Athletic Center
  • Vahid Management and Production
  • FC Dallas (MLS)
  • Southern University Athletic Conference
  • Houston Rockets
  • Lansing Lugnuts
  • YMCA Chicago Regional Office
  • Northwestern University Athletics
  • AWP Sports Performance
  • NuLife Fitness
  • BallersBridge
  • Triple D Basketball
  • Ohio High School Athletic Association
  • YMCA of Central Ohio
  • Ottowa University Athletics
  • National Basketball League of Canada Inaugural Draft
  • Windsor Express
  • LRMR (LeBron James) Marketing Co.
  • Northern Texas PGA
  • I.M.G. USA
  • N.F.L. Headquarters
  • Cincinnati Reds
  • Cleveland Browns
  • Cleveland Indians
  • Columbus Crew
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Tennessee Titans
  • Buffalo Bills
  • Milwaukee Brewers
  • Salem Red Sox
  • Indianapolis Pacers & Fever
  • Indianapolis Colts
  • St. Louis Cardinals
  • Atlanta Braves
  • Bradenton Juice
  • Mahoning Valley Scrappers
  • Baton Rouge River Bats
  • Alexandria Aces
  • Lincoln Salt Dogs
  • Toledo Mud Hens
  • Akron Aeros
  • Lake County Captains
  • Florence Freedom
  • Rockford Thunder
  • Philadelphia Force
  • Greater Cleveland Sports Commission
  • Tampa Bay Sports Commission
  • Detroit Metro Sports Commission
  • Women’s Sports Foundation
  • Mid American Conference
  • NCAA Final Four
  • Black & Decker Sports Marketing for NASCAR
  • ESPN Detroit Radio
  • Penn State University Athletics
  • Wake Forest University Athletics
  • Youngstown State University Athletics
  • University of Utah
  • Bowling Green State University Athletics
  • Virginia Tech Recreation
  • Marshall University Athletics
  • The Ohio State University
  • Liberty Bowl
  • Gold’s Gym
  • Accelerate Ohio
  • Hilton Head Plantation
  • Wild Wing Plantation
  • Port Huron Border Cats
  • Miami Valley Silverbacks
  • Marion Mahem
  • Gualt Recreation Center
  • Starfinder Soccer Foundation
  • Suburban Hockey Center
  • Footlocker
  • Team Sports of Ohio
  • Toledo Cannon Football
  • Inverness Hills Golf Course
  • Kiawah Island Golf Resort
  • Fremont Golf & Country Club
  • Mohawk Golf & Country Club
  • Lenawee Golf & Country Club
  • Hilliard Recreation Center
  • Pacesetters Soccer
  • Cleveland Grand Prix Racing
  • Eagle Mountain Golf Resort
  • Northwest Ohio Gymnastics
  • Fremont Memorial Hospital Wellness Center

Join our team! For more information contact Dr. Bonnie Tiell, chair of the sport management department at btiell@tiffin.edu. Your ticket to real success is waiting for you!