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Sport Management Overview

Sport Management

Career/Program Overview

RCTC offers both an Associate in Applied Science degree and a Diploma option for students interested in a career in Sport Management. 


General course work will include: Introduction to Sport Facility Management, Legal Environment of Business, Principles of Management, Introduction to Business, and Responding to Emergencies.  While focused areas of study, depending on option choice, will include courses such as; Introduction to Turf, Foundations of Golf Course Management, Development & Management of Sport/Recreation Facilities, and Recreational Program Leadership.  Both programs regardless of degree choice include an internship as well.

Elective credits are required and a range of options are offered.  Options include but are not limited to; Lifetime Fitness, Essentials of Personal Training, Turf and Grounds Management and Introduction to Athletic Training.

Program/Degree Options

RCTC offers two options within the field of Sport Management.

  • Associate in Applied Science Degree
  • Diploma 

Either program offers a choice between two areas of study.

  • Option “A” Sport/Athletic Facilities Management
  • Option “B” Golf Course Management

Note: Both options may be completed.

RCTC offers these related field programs.

  • Coaching
  • Personal Trainer
  • Group Fitness Instructor

     * All have Certificate and Diploma options

Program Start Date(s)

Students can start coursework any semester.  Some courses are not offered every semester so students are encouraged to meet with the program advisor to plan ahead, be aware of class pre-requisites and length of coursework required.

Career Opportunities/Information

RCTC’s Sport Management program options prepare students for a wide range of career opportunities.  These may include careers in community education, recreation centers, athletic/fitness clubs, adventure courses, ice arenas, park and recreation departments, high school or collegiate athletic programs, amateur or professional sports teams, leagues or administrations.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, overall employment in leisure and hospitality jobs is expected to grow by 17.8 percent.  New jobs in the recreational sector reflect increasing incomes, leisure time and awareness of the health benefits of physical fitness.  Overall employment of recreation and fitness workers is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2012.


Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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Overview content updated: 2016-08-18
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