Health and Human Performance (HHP)


Program Overview

The Sport Management program provides the student with a strong background in both business and sport. Students leave Cleveland State University with knowledge and skills in sport mechanics, accounting, marketing, management, economics, physiology, and psychosocial aspects of sport and physical activity.
In addition, students are exposed to a wide variety of sport, recreation and leisure activities that can be utilized for coaching, team building, adventure planning, sport tourism and research. The curriculum is designed to expose students to the breadth and depth of Sport Management opportunities. Beginning with their entry level professional course in the Foundations of Sport, Exercise and Physical Education, students are required to participate in building an ePortfolio. Using a variety of media, styles and strategies, the ePortfolio system allows students to demonstrate/showcase the competencies they have achieved by both traditional and non-traditional means.
The Sport Management program provides both curriculum and laboratory/field experiences that allow students to gain competencies in each of the nine standards established by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE). These standards identify both the knowledge base and skill competencies that Sport Managers need to be successful in an entry- level position in their chosen profession.


Cleveland State University graduates with a major in Sport Management have been very successful in securing employment. Our graduates have excellent reputations and we are represented in both community and corporate health/fitness sites, YMCAs, recreation centers, professional sport organizations, and coaching positions throughout the region and the state.

Additionally, Sport Management students may choose to further their education by seeking acceptance into graduate programs.


In addition to general education requirements, Sport Management students complete 70-81 semester hours of professional and major field course work, which includes an eight- or 12- semester-hour internship in the field. Students must have and maintain a 2.5 overall grade point average (GPA) to be admitted to the College of Education and Human Services and to take any of the College’s courses at or above the 300-level. Full acceptance to the program also requires completion of 30 semester hours of course work with demonstrated proficiency in English and mathematics as evidenced by an earned grade of C or better in ENG 101 and a college-level mathematics course. Internship eligibility requires a 2.75 GPA in professional core courses and a 2.5 GPA in specialty/major field coursework.