Master of Business Administration Programs

MBA in Sports Management Program

The Taylor University MBA in Sports Management program prepares students through a 42 credit hour curriculum with the business and sports knowledge and experience to succeed in their chosen field. Graduates will be prepared for careers in sport business management, sports business ventures, management of sport oriented community organizations, athletic administration, coaching and team operations at all levels.

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Program Structure

The program spans 21 months, beginning in August. Students complete a total of 42 credit hours including experiential learning and internship hours. The curriculum is delivered through monthly face-to-face sessions, graduate assistant work, an international study tour, and online learning.

Face-to-face sessions: Students go to MBA “residencies” one Monday every month (September - May), where they attend class sessions. These sessions combine classroom instruction from experienced graduate faculty, presentations by industry experts, case studies, group work, peer-to-peer networking, and one-on-one mentoring and interaction with faculty.

Graduate Assistant Work:
GAs should expect to work at least 20 hours per week. Depending on the season and position, weeks may require more than 20 hours. For students who already hold a sports position (e.g. High School Athletic Director, Minor League Sports Team, etc.): These positions may meet the experience/internship requirement, but will require prior approval in order to receive credit.

Travel/Study Tour:
An overseas study tour is part of the curriculum for each cohort. This experience is designed to give students exposure to international sports venues and events, and using sports to share Christ. Professors will accompany the students on the trip, providing real-time commentary and application for student observations and experiences.

Distance Learning: Every course is supported to varying degrees with Blackboard®, an internet-delivered classroom environment. It provides shared access to course documents, discussion boards, small group exercises, “chats,” an online grade book, and constant communication with other cohort members, professors, and MBA program offices. Courses offered over the summer and J-Term will be fully online except for the Global Study Tour which requires international travel.


"Our goal is to create future leaders in the sports area that not only excel in sports, but are also well-equipped to manage and lead the increasingly complex organizations in the sports industry,” – Evan Wood, Chair of the MBA program.

Therefore, the 42-hour curriculum is evenly balanced between business classes and sports management classes. Students also complete two internships as graduate assistants.

Business Courses

ACC510 Strategic Cost Management (3 hrs.)
A review of both traditional and contemporary systems for providing timely and relevant information for decision-making. Emphasis is on recent and emerging accounting strategies developed to support management in implementing world class concepts such as value chain analysis, activity based management, just-in-time management, life cycle cost management, costs of quality, and productivity measurement and control. Qualitative as well as quantitative measures and techniques are examined.

ECO510 International Economics and Finance (3 hrs.)
Survey of corporate financial management and the global economic environment. Primary course topics emphasize sophisticated pricing policies, managing under uncertainty, global competition considerations, global financial markets, corporate finance policies, and the various impacts of government policy. This course provides a basis for analyzing financial and economic decisions based on modern financial and economic theory.

FIN610 Financial Management & Performance (3 hrs.)
This course will examine the critical financial issues and decisions facing organizations. Students will gain exposure navigating and analyzing financial statements to better understand and position organizations, including the budgeting process.  A particular focus will be placed on generating and managing cash flow. Identifying and attracting a variety of funding sources is also addressed. Lastly, an examination of the means by which organizations can enhance their value and the requisite financial mechanisms to do so is undertaken.

ITB515 Global Business Study Tour (3 hrs.)
Students experience the variations in business and industry sectors and cultural differences first-hand by visiting other global markets. Tours include a combination of business and corporate meetings with visits to historic sites and the unique communities of selected countries. Particular emphasis is given to identifying cultural differences in values, customs, attitudes and behaviors that impact the marketplace and organizational environments. Students are encouraged to explore and examine particular areas of business interest during the study tour and while completing course requirements. This course may be repeated as an elective with permission of MBA Program Chair. Requires international travel.

MGT515 Leadership and Ethics (3 hrs.)
This course seeks to foster the practice of robust Christian leadership in business (and other organizational settings). The foundation for effectiveness in leadership is built on Christian character and virtue as well as understanding of leadership theory and research. The leader is prepared for ethical decision-making and for strength of character by which to execute those decisions. The course draws first from the Bible and then from philosophy, psychology, history, literature and current events for its principles, exemplars, and case studies.

MGT575 Business Research Methods and Metrics (3 hrs.)
Study of the business research process and techniques. Students will learn and utilize specific steps within the research process including hypothesis, exploration, refining hypothesis, data collection, data preparation, data analysis and interpretation, and research reporting within course projects and assignments. Various research methods will be examined and utilized within course projects. Methods that will be introduced include case study design, focus groups, questionnaires, surveys, appreciative inquiry, and listening. Upon completion of the course students will be able to effectively use research methods within their organizations to tackle issues as they arise and produce quantitative analysis to be used in their decision making.

MGT610 Management Theory and Strategy (3 hrs.)
Current and historical perspectives related to the organization and business strategy foundational to top management development, including organizational analysis that leads to strategy formulation and implementation. This course emphasizes the examination of present and historical management theory and practice, as well as current trends in business literature and numerous industry applications.

Sports Management Courses

Sports Administration (2 hrs.)
Functions that sport managers perform will be presented and analyzed in relation to the various positions that sport managers may work in. Case studies, current work assignments, and other techniques will be utilized to challenge students to think systematically about issues that confront professional managers and will therefore produce critically thinking managers for sport organizations. Includes an overview of management theory as it relates to sport organizations.

Sports Law (2 hrs.)
With specific reference to the role of the sports manager, this course provides an extensive overview of the legal principles in sports. It begins with an introduction to the different fields of law and a survey of the broad issues related to sports law (such as antitrust exemption, labor law, and the athlete/agent relationship), before turning to consider the legal issues routinely faced by sports managers (such as the legal aspects of risk management). Legal cases related to issues in sport will be analyzed. Students will gain an understanding of the necessity of a working knowledge of sport law as a tool of strategic management, as a tool in effective negotiations, as a tool of risk management, and as a tool for gaining competitive advantage.

Sports Communication (3 hrs.)
This course covers two key areas, sports marketing and sports communications and public relations. Students will examine marketing issues specific to the sports industry, based on the application of basic marketing principles to a range of sports organizations. This course will analyze the field of sports and lifestyle marketing with the practices, applications, and strategy of mainstream marketing. The course will also analyze the role of public relations and mass media in sports communication. Hands-on training in the tools and technology of sports PR is combined with an examination of the public’s relationship with athletes and sports. Students will explore the progressive techniques and activities used to promote sporting events. Discussion topics include brand awareness, media management, social media, message recall, and the examination of four news mediums: television, internet, print, and radio.

Sports Sponsorship & Fundraising (2 hrs.)
An analysis of the current factors and issues related to sports sponsorship, including sponsorship planning, sales and negotiations, and sponsorship proposals and evaluations.  The course will also explore techniques used to sell and generate revenue in the business cycle. Topics include sales proposal development, endorsements and merchandising, commercialization of technology, ticket sales, and corporate partnerships. The application of the principles of sponsorship and promotion to the sport and fitness industry will include the areas of professional sports, corporate fitness, college/high school athletics, clubs, and resorts.

Facility & Event Management (3 hrs.)
This course will provide an examination of various aspects of managing public assembly facilities including planning and production, booking and scheduling, contracts, promotion, ticketing, security and risk management, food and beverage, crowd management, event bidding, and event management. Students will be given the opportunity to study techniques and strategies for successful planning, implementation, and evaluations of events as well as the planning, construction, and maintenance recommendations for sport-related facilities. Students will gain practical experience in creating and conducting an event during the course.

Emerging Sports Policy Issues (2 hrs.)
This course addresses the various approaches to organizing and governing sport and athletic programs from school sports to professional sports, from individual conferences to international organizations. Principles, issues, and problem areas associated with the governance of individual athletic departments are addressed as well as the principles, issues and problem areas associated with athletic conferences, and national and international governing bodies. Focus will be on functions, roles, key issues, strategic planning, decision making, and policy development. Specific problems in relation to the size, structure, and staff of athletic departments and sport governing bodies are analyzed.

Sports Management Internship (2-3 hrs.)
A supervised work and learning experience in the application of sport management knowledge and skills. Internships are to be completed with organizations within the sport industry approved by the program coordinator including professional, collegiate, interscholastic, and amateur organizations. Students will be required to complete an internship each year, for a total of 6 credit hours.

Global Study Tour

Leaders in the sport management industry can no longer ignore globalization. Every leader must be prepared and equipped to lead in a global, cross-cultural world. To meet these ever changing diverse demands placed on organizational leaders, Taylor University has integrated global engagement as one of the key focuses in the MBA Sports Management program.

Beyond just talking about global issues, every Taylor University MBA graduate completes a Global Study Tour. These 10-12 day tours accomplish many objectives, but the following four are at the core:

  1. Experience and understand the culture of other countries through tours, cultural experiences, and interacting with host nationals.

  2. Observe first-hand global organizations by meeting with organizational leaders and touring their facilities in order to learn how they develop and execute their strategy, manage their international organization, and deal with the complexities they face both at home and abroad.

  3. Exposure to international sports venues and events, and using sports to share Christ.

  4. Have some fun and build community with fellow students, guests and faculty.  A unique aspect of the Taylor MBA global study tours is that adult guests are welcome.  

COST: The Global Study Tour cost is included in tuition and no additional fees are charged by the Taylor MBA.  As part of tuition, the following items are included: airfare from US gateway, all ground transportation, lodging, most admissions fees, and most meals. Students may be responsible for some personal meals, entertainment and transportation during free time and souvenirs.

WHEN: Global Study Tours for MBA Sports Management students take place the summer between year one and two of the program. Exact dates will be provided during the spring term of year one.

WHERE: The 2015 trip location is yet to be determined. Past trips include London, Hong Kong, Costa Rica, Italy, & Germany.

Course Sequence

Year One                                                                      Year Two
Fall Term: 9 hours                                                           Fall Term: 8-9 hours
   Business Research Methods & Metrics (3 hrs)                Managerial Accounting (3 hrs)         
   Sports Administration (3 hrs)                                            Management & Strategy (3 hrs)
   Facility & Event Management (3 hrs)                               Internship (2-3 hrs)

J-Term: 2 hours                                                              J-Term: 2 hours
Sports Sponsorship & Fundraising (2 hrs)                       Sports Law (2 hrs)

Spring Term: 8-9 hours                                                   Spring Term: 8-9 hours
    Global Economic Environment (3 hrs)                            Ethics & Decision Making (3 hrs)
    Sports Communication (3 hrs)                                        Financial Management & Performance (3 hrs)
    Internship (2-3 hrs)                                                          Internship (2-3 hrs)

Summer Term: 5 hours
    Global Study Tour (3 hrs)                                                           
    Emerging Sports Policy Issues (2 hrs)


As part of Taylor’s commitment to integrity, we provide the “all-in” costs below. All program costs include 100% tuition, books and course materials, fees, and the International Study Trip. There are no surprises!

Year One:                                                                   Year Two:
Expenses                                                                     Expenses
    Program Costs (Tuition): $12,000                                   Program Costs (Tuition): $12,000
    Estimated Living Expenses: $6,750                                Estimated Living Expenses: $6,750
    Total Estimated Expenses Year 1: $18,750                     Total Estimated Expenses Year 2: $18,750

Income                                                                         Income
Estimated Graduate Assistantship: $12,000                   Estimated Graduate Assistantship: $12,000
    Estimated Financial Aid: $20,500                                    Estimated Financial Aid: $20,500
    Total Estimated Income Year 1: $32,500                         Total Estimated Income Year 2: $32,500

• Living expenses are based on average graduate living expenses during the academic year in Upland, Indiana, including items such as housing, meals, and gas/car.

• Graduate assistantship total is an estimate. The total assistantship will be determined by the individual program providing the assistantship.

• Financial aid is based on 2013-2014 guidelines. The total may increase or decrease depending on federal guidelines.

Financial Aid

Taylor University graduate students are eligible for the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan Program.

Graduate students can borrow up to the full cost of attendance (tuition and fees, international travel expense, books and materials, and other related expenses) through the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan Program up to the maximum allowed amount of $20,500 per year.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans—You are not required to demonstrate financial need to receive a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. You will need to let the Financial Aid Office know how much you want to borrow, up to $20,500 per year. Interest accrues (accumulates) immediately upon the first disbursement of the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. You can pay the interest while you are in school and during grace periods and deferment or forbearance periods, or you can allow it to accrue and be capitalized (that is, added to the principal amount of your loan). If you choose not to pay the interest as it accrues, this will increase the total amount you have to repay because you will be charged interest on a higher principal amount.

Additional loan types provided under the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan Program include Direct GRAD PLUS Loans (for graduate and professional degree students) and Direct Consolidation Loans (to combine federal education loan debts into a single loan).

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The student must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at, listing Taylor University Upland (001838) as a recipient of the data. The FAFSA must be completed each academic year (which covers July 1 through June 30 for federal financial aid purposes). The FAFSA should be completed two to three months before the student needs the loan funds. Upon receipt of the student’s FAFSA data, Taylor University’s Financial Aid Office will review the data and may request additional information if necessary. Once the file is complete, the Financial Aid Office will send an Award Letter identifying the student’s loan eligibility and providing detailed instructions for completing the loan application process.

Repayment of the loan principal is deferred until after graduation or until the student ceases to be enrolled at least half time. Students must also have an undergraduate degree to qualify for student loans at the graduate level.

If you have questions regarding financial aid, please contact Luke Tilden, Financial Aid Counselor, at 765.998.5441 or by email at You may also contact the MBA office toll-free at 866.471.6062 or by email at