Sport Management Program

Career/Program Overview

RCTC offers an Associate in Applied Science degree for students interested in a career in Sport Management.  Sport Management positions are found in a wide variety of community and corporate or small business settings.


General coursework will include Introduction to Sport Facility Management, Legal Environment of Business, Principles of Management, Introduction to Business, and Responding to Emergencies.  Areas of study, include courses such as; Introduction to Turf, Development & Management of Sport/Recreation Facilities, and Recreational Program Leadership, Introduction to Business and Microsoft Office Suite instruction.  Upon completion of coursework, an internship is also required.

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 Prevention and Care of Athletic Injuries.

Program/Degree Options

Associate in Applied Science Degree Diploma

Related Field Programs

  •    Personal Trainer Diploma
  •    Group Fitness Instructor Certificate
  •    Coaching Diploma

Program Start Date(s)

Students may begin coursework any semester. However, not all courses are offered every semester, so students are encouraged to meet with the program advisor to plan their coursework accordingly.

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. The field of event planning shows growth on a national scale as above average – increasing 10-14% from 2016-2026, which projects 15,100 potential new opportunities that will be available.  Minnesota’s median wages is currently $50,010 while Minnesota salaries for Operations Management can climb to $84,260.

Source: Meeting, Convention and Event Planners

Source: Operations Management


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

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Overview content updated: 2017-04-12