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Major

The Sport Leadership & Management (SLAM) major at Miami University leads to the Bachelor of Science in Sports Leadership & Management degree.

This major prepares students to succeed in leadership positions in the sport industry (recreational to professional, youth to adult) by providing them with knowledge and skills to critically analyze and innovatively engage in the business and culture of sport.

Students select at least ONE concentration in:

  • Coaching
  • Sport Journalism
  • Sport Management
  • Sport Media and Communication

Sport Journalism and Sport Media and Communication require students to also complete an additional Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in Journalism or Media and Culture

Are there special admission requirements?

No - Students are admitted directly into the Sport Leadership & Management major, they select a concentration area (Sport Management, Coaching, Sport Journalism, or Sport Media and Communication), and begin taking SLAM courses in their first semester. 

Career Placement

The sport industry is one of the largest and fastest growing industries in the United States. Sport provides many increasingly diverse career opportunities, and Miami's job placement rate is strong, thanks in part to the well-rounded education and practical experience students receive in multiple internship opportunities and a required capstone practicum experience.  An annual Sport Career Exploration & Networking Expo is held on campus each fall to assist SLAM students gain internships and employment.

Possible Careers
Careers Concentration
Coaching in interscholastic, collegiate, or professional sport; Coaching with national governing bodies of Olympic sport; Coaching education specialists in national or state organizations/associations COACHING
Print journalist; Sport information directors in intercollegiate sport programs; Public/community relations with professional sport programs; Broadcast journalists in radio or television SPORT JOURNALISM
Sport administrators; high school or college athletic directors; Marketing directors for collegiate or professional sport; Fund raising or ticket sales administrators; Sport facility managers, Sales representative for sporting goods companies; Corporate or organizational administrators of sport events SPORT MANAGEMENT
Media experts for college, professional, or Olympic sport programs; Sport media relations; Digital video and audio/web design experts for sport programs; Public relations and promotion specialists for sport organizations SPORT MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION

Course Requirements

Practicum and Internships

SLM 495: Practicum in Sport Leadership & Management MPC - Senior Capstone 
This course is a practicum designed for Sport Leadership & Management majors but open to all students across campus. The course is comprised of two significant components. One component is devoted to the four tenants of the Global Miami Plan: thinking critically, understanding contexts, engaging with other learners, and reflecting and acting. The other component comprised of a mandatory practicum experience; i.e., an internship. In order to fulfill the internship component students must complete a minimum of 120-hours of service to their site.
You must have senior-status (i.e., 96+ credit hours) prior or concurrent to your enrollment in this course.

SLM 340: Internship (0-20 credits hours)
Internships are a directed practical experience for the student under the guidance of on-site and KNH faculty supervisors.

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Student Learning Outcomes

• Students will be able to make use of a range of leadership frameworks and theories to analyze, understand, and implement effective leadership (including advocacy) in sport and physical activity settings.    

• Students will display working knowledge of how persistent belief systems and inequitable social relations shape experiences and opportunities in sport and physical activity.

• Students will develop a critical understanding of management approaches and essentials within sport organizations and have the ability to analyze governance structures and functions within local, regional, national, and international sport bodies.  

• Students will be able to demonstrate a comprehensive integration and application of sport leadership knowledge and skills.  

Sport Analytics Concentration

Offered within B.A. in Data Analytics

Students also have the ability to major is Data Analytics through the College of Arts and Science with a concentration in Sport Analytics. Sport analytics is a relatively new and rapidly evolving set of tools in the area of sport management. It includes advanced statistics, information systems, data management, data visualization, behavioral economics, human movement tracking, and several other fields. Analytic models and information systems are being used in the areas of coaching, leadership, player evaluation, player development, scouting, and other areas of sport organizations. The future of sport leadership and management involves sport analytics.

Student Learning Objective:

Identify and apply appropriate data analytics tools to solve problems in sporting contexts (e.g., management, coaching, player performance, and sport operations).

  1. KNH 275 - Introduction to Sport Analytics (3)
  2. KNH 273 - Sport Communication & Media (3)
  3. KNH 313 - Sport Economics & Finance (3)
  4. KNH 416 - Sport Marketing (3)
  5. KNH 472 - Sport Administration (3)
  6. KNH 418 - Sport Econometrics (3)

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