Master of Business Administration

MBA with a concentration in Sports Management

Experience and access to sport professionals around the country is what differentiates the TU’s MBA sports management program from traditional sport management degrees. The program is designed to maximize convenience while providing the necessary structure to enhance students’ marketability in the industry. Our extensive list of successful graduates helps students complete a 200-hour mentorship to intensify their education through practical experience with sport franchises, athletic departments, organizations, agencies and facilities with a connection to Tiffin University.


Graduate Program Tabs

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.

Program Accredited by Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

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Tiffin University’s School of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The ACBSP is a leading specialized accreditation body for business education supporting, celebrating and rewarding teaching excellence. They accredit business education programs at the associate, baccalaureate, masters and doctorate degree levels worldwide. Institutions with this accreditation are committed to continuous improvement that ensures their business program will give students the skills employers want. Every quality business program worldwide is accredited.

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 toward 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.

Sports Management Concentration 12 hours

  • SMG 532 Communication and Fund Raising in Sports
  • SMG 634 Business Strategies in Sports
  • SMG 637 Personnel Management in Sport
  • SMG 670 Sport Mentorship

MBA Core Curriculum 24 hours

  • MGT 515 Managerial Business Foundations**
  • MGT 516 Fundamentals of Quantitative Business**
  • MGT 522 Human Resources
  • MKT 523 Marketing Management
  • ECO 524 Managerial Economics
  • MGT 526 Quantitative Business Analysis and Research
  • FIN 612 Managerial Finance
  • MGT 614 Global & Transnational Management
  • MGT 621 Org Analysis and Design
  • MGT 622 Strategic Management
  • MGT 623 Legal & Ethical Issues in Management
  • MGT 630 Innovative Decision Making

**MBA core courses required of non-business undergraduate majors, international students and special admit applications.

Total MBA 36 hours


This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

On Campus - Offered in two terms per semester starting in January, May, August and October

Online - Offered in two terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October

- Core MBA, Leadership & Change and Data Analytics courses are offered online or on campus; remaining concentration courses are offered exclusively online.

Communication and Fund Raising in Sports (SMG 532) - Students will recognize communication as integral to the management, marketing and operational goals of sport organizations at all levels. Students will also recognize the needs of professional and volunteer fundraisers in an exploration of the tools, tips and techniques used to fundraise through solicitation, events and grants common in the sports industry.

Business Strategies in Sports (SMG 634) - The case study approach will be used in a critical analysis of business concepts related to decision making, leadership, ethics, communication, marketing, sponsorship, budgeting, policy development, public relations and fundraising in the sport industry.

Personnel Management in Sport (SMG 637) - This course provides a study of the principles of personnel management including recruiting, staffing, development of human resources, maintaining a favorable work environment, compensation administration, benefits, security and system appraisal as they apply to sport agencies. The course emphasizes the value of diversity and inclusion in human resource practices of sport organizations.

Sport Mentorship (SMG 670) - Students are required to participate in 200 contact hours of field experience under the direction of an approved mentor in the sports industry. To enroll in the mentorship, students must complete an online application the semester prior to the requested course enrollment period. Students will maintain an e-portfolio and engage in professional development / career management activities as part of their course requirements. Students must have completed a minimum of 12 graduate credit hours with a minimum GPA of 3.0 for eligibility to enroll in the mentorship.

If you want to learn more about our online or on-campus programs for working adults, click here.


  • “I began my collegiate journey at Purdue University, where I was recruited out of high school. After a few years there I decided it was best if I left and went somewhere else. I didn't really explore many options outside if Tiffin. I knew the coaches here and knew that at the end of the day, even without athletics, I could see myself attending the university. I didn’t look at the size of TU as a deciding factor, I looked more at the people that were there and the quality of education and the product that was offered - and it was the best fit for me.”

    Coy Blair
    Class of 2017, MBA Graduation 2019
    Logan, Ohio

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  • Xin Guo
    "The aspects of Tiffin University that I really like include low tuition cost and the fact that there are generous scholarships available for international students. Tiffin’s quiet atmosphere makes it easy to concentrate on your studies, but the surrounding cities have plenty to explore including a vibrant entertainment scene.”

    - Xin Guo, China

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  • Omar Alfehri
    "Tiffin is a small and very safe town. It is closely located to three international airports. People who live in this town are very friendly and open-minded to other cultures. As an international student, Tiffin University has been a good decision for me.”

    - Omar Alfehri, Saudi Arabia

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  • “The main challenge I overcame in order to become a Dragon was the language barrier and the financial situation. However, Tiffin University gave the opportunity to join my passion for soccer with my dream of having an education in the U.S. As part of the soccer team, I was able to overcome my language barrier and have the best experience of my life. For that, I will always be thankful.”

    Talita Russo
    Class of 2013
    Sao Paulo, Brazil

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  • Sean M Durocher - Class of 2015
    "Tiffin University was my top choice when searching for colleges. I knew with nationally recognized Criminal Justice Programs, I would receive the best education for my future career goals. Because my undergraduate experience was so positive and rewarding, I have pursued my Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice at TU working as a graduate assistant for First-Year Programs. As a GA, I have been able to give back to an institution that has given so much to me and my fellow classmates. Go Dragons!”

    – Sean M. Durocher, Class of 2015

    Sean M Durocher - Class of 2015

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