MBA, Sport Management

MBA, Sport Management


Become the confident, influential leader in business you’re called to be. The MBA with a concentration in sport management is tailored to give you the training to manage teams, events, projects, and promotions in the sports sector. The program is designed to be completed in as little as 12 months.

With an MBA, you’ll learn to take control of your career by acquiring four important drivers of influential leadership:

  • Deep qualitative and quantitative business knowledge
  • Wisdom in the face of important decisions
  • A powerful personal network
  • Inspiration to follow your purpose

Practical training for rising leaders in sports

Sport managers can oversee every facet of a sports program or organization. Whether you’re managing a pro team, overseeing collegiate sports and athletics, directing sports tourism, or leading other sports organizations, you’ll have the ability to be an influential leader in one of the biggest and most beloved industries. 

This program builds skills such as:

  • Managing personnel, facilities, and events in sports
  • Marketing, promotion, and public relations in sports
  • Sport finance and economics
  • And more!

In addition to this concentration, we also offer 3 other MBA concentrations: 

You can alternatively select a General MBA and take 9 units of elective courses in any of these areas, so you can focus on the skills and expertise that fit your passions and career goals.

Learning that fits your schedule

Learn when and where you want — this program is designed for full-time professionals. With flexible online asynchronous, hybrid, and evening in-person course offerings, you can choose classes that fit perfectly with your schedule, interests, and career goals.

Some courses are offered with a high-flex modality, giving you the flexibility to learn online asynchronously, in person, or virtually via Zoom for each class session.

With just 27 core business units and 9 units toward sport management, students can complete the MBA program within as little as 12 months.

Mentorship to support your future

A unique opportunity to expand your business network comes from close, one-on-one interactions with PLNU’s collaborative faculty — a balance of scholars and faculty with real-world experience dedicated to preparing executives to excel.

Academia to prepare you for success

The Fermanian School of Business MBA program is committed to serving the experienced business professional with the best value in quality, academic rigor, professional support services, and individual attention to support students in meeting their academic and professional goals.

The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Visit the ACBSP's website for more information.  

Application Information

Program Start Date(s):

  • Fall 2024 Quad I —  September 2, 2024
  • Fall 2024 Quad II —  October 28, 2024
  • Spring 2025 Quad I — January 13, 2025
  • Spring 2025 Quad II — March 17, 2025
  • Summer 2025 Quad I — May 12, 2025
  • Summer 2025 Quad II — July 7, 2025

Application Deadline(s):

  • Fall 2024 —  August 21, 2024
  • Fall 2024 Quad II —  October 16, 2024
  • Spring 2025 Quad I — December 11, 2024
  • Spring 2025 Quad II — February 28, 2025
  • Summer 2025 Quad I — April 25, 2025
  • Summer 2025 Quad II — June 20, 2025

All applications submitted after this date will be reviewed based on availability of space.

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The Selection Process

The educational context at PLNU will challenge you to live a full life that integrates the pursuit of knowledge with beliefs, values, and actions. While honoring diverse perspectives and beliefs, Christian values and principles are woven into the educational experience. We understand your application is not only a reflection of you as a student; it reflects you as a person. At PLNU, we holistically evaluate your academic history, work and life experience, background, and circumstances to determine admission into a graduate program. Your undergraduate GPA is an important piece of your application. However, if you do not meet the minimum GPA requirement of 3.0, you may still be eligible for admission based on your application package and the exceptions policy.* Therefore, we strongly encourage you to contact your enrollment counselor, who will advise you regarding your qualifications and provide specific information about the admission-under-exceptions process.

To be admitted into PLNU's MBA program, you must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, as evidenced by an official transcript indicating an undergraduate degree's completion.
We encourage you to contact your enrollment counselor if you have any questions about your qualifications or the program in general.

*Exceptions Policy: If you have below a 3.0 GPA in your baccalaureate degree, you will need to speak with your enrollment counselor for more information on the exceptions materials needed for your particular program.

Application Checklist

Note: The application is completed entirely online with the exception of transcripts, which can be submitted electronically or directly to PLNU.

  1. Submit online application for admissions (including $50 non-refundable application fee, which is waived for PLNU alums, current or former military and their dependents, and PLNU employees).
  2. Submit official transcripts with proof of earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.* (If you are a PLNU alumnus, please notify your counselor to have your transcripts retrieved. You do not need to request transcripts from the PLNU Office of Records.)
  3. Official transcripts must be sent to:
    Point Loma Nazarene University
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    3900 Lomaland Dr.
    San Diego, CA 92106
  4. Official electronic transcripts must be emailed to:

    *Please note, official transcripts must be sent directly from the regionally accredited institution.
  5. Submit a personal essay. See the essay prompt for the MBA program in the essay section of the application.
  6. Submit a resume/vita.
  7. Submit two (2) professional references (name, contact info, and relationship to applicant)
  8. Interview with the Assistant Dean of Graduate Business Education

Career Opportunities

The Fermanian School of Business is committed to serving all MBA students with the best value in quality, academic rigor, professional support services, and individual attention to assist students in meeting their academic and professional goals.

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Student Profile

Jasmine Sadler

PLNU MBA student Jasmine Sadler believes so much in combining the arts with the sciences that she started her own business which aims to push science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) education to younger generations.

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As a result, PLNU MBA alumni are working in a wide range of prominent companies throughout San Diego, including:

  • Booz Allen Hamilton

  • Thermo Fisher Scientific

  • Pacifica Companies

  • Merrill Lynch

  • Bank of the West

  • Scripps Health

  • Electronic Arts

  • Northrop Grumman

  • Fastenal

  • Cyber

  • Wells Fargo

  • General Atomics

  • San Diego Zoo

  • Sharp Healthcare

  • Quidel Corporation

  • SAIC

  • Biota

  • Pacira Pharmaceuticals

  • Qualcomm

  • BioNano Genomics

  • Clearfield Sports

  • MedImpact

Financial Aid and Student Support

We take seriously the role of providing you with financial, academic, and career support so you have the tools you need to be successful at PLNU and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

Financial Aid and Student Support

Dean’s Scholarships are available for those who qualify. Please contact your Enrollment Counselor for more details.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is required to be admitted into this program?

  • A completed application for admission to the program
  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, as evidenced by official transcripts
  • Two (2) references with contact information and relationship to the applicant. 
  • Resume
  • A personal essay describing the applicant's motivation to earn an MBA and the applicant’s future goals.
  • Interview with the Assistant Dean of Graduate Business Education

Is the GMAT required for admission?

No, PLNU does not require GMAT or GRE scores for admission into the MBA program.

Can I work while completing the program?

Yes! The MBA, Sport Management program is designed to meet the needs of busy working professionals and their schedules.

What scholarship and financial aid opportunities are available to me?

You will have the option to apply for scholarships through Student Financial Services. This program qualifies for state and federal financial aid options.

Dean’s Scholarships are available for those who qualify. Please contact your Enrollment Counselor for more details.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The expected completion time is 18-24 months, with as little as 12 months.

How many days a week do classes meet?

Two days a week

How large will the classes be?

Class sizes are estimated to be 20 to 30 people.

Are international students eligible to apply?

Yes! As an international student, you can apply as a senior in university or any time after you obtain your bachelor’s degree. If you earned your baccalaureate degree outside of the United States, all documents must be translated into English and evaluated by members of National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). You must also submit official proof of English proficiency (TOEFL). Please contact Graduate Financial Aid and Student Support Services for more information.

PLNU is a Christian university, but I am not a Christian. Would I feel out of place in this program?

We welcome and encourage people of all backgrounds as students in our programs. Issues that relate to faith may be discussed in some classes, and engaging in discussion with individuals with alternative points of view will be encouraged as learning opportunities. Students will work within a learning community that is supportive academically, spiritually, and emotionally.

Course List

For information about the courses required for the MBA, Sport Management program, view the PLNU Catalog. 

Course Information