From profitable professional teams to collegiate programs and Little League, sports managers have the unique ability to bring communities together and inspire healthy lifestyles in all corners of the world.
Inspire athletes to achieve and exceed their goals.
The Sport & Fitness Management emphasis is an introduction to the business aspect of sport and fitness, including marketing, events and facility management. Through courses in Financial Accounting, Microeconomics, Program Design for Physical Activity Settings and more, you’ll acquire a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of sport management. You’ll also have the opportunity to take classes and conduct research in our state-of-the-art, High Altitude Performance Lab. To gain hands-on experience, you’ll be required to participate in an internship at a professional site in an area of exercise and sport science. The program is a perfect place to start if you have a passion for sports and want to pursue an exciting and rewarding career managing athletes of all levels.
The Sport & Fitness Management program is a perfect start for students who have a passion for sport and want to find exciting and rewarding careers beyond being an athlete.
At Western, course rotations are crafted to encompass a variety of subject fields for a comprehensive education and versatile degree. For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.
|ACC 201||Introduction to Financial Accounting||3||View|
|ACC 202||Introduction to Managerial Accounting||3||View|
|BUAD 220||Spreadsheets and Analysis||3||View|
|CS 120||Professional Computer Skills||3||View|
|ESS 282||Principles of Sport and Fitness Management||3||View|
|ESS 382||Management of Sport and Fitness Facilities||3||View|
|ESS 385||Physical Activity Programming||3||View|
|ESS 405||Practicum in Exercise and Sport Science||1||View|
|ESS 440||Topics in Sport & Fitness Management||3||View|
|ESS 450||Risk Management in Physical Activity Settings||3||View|
|ESS 498||Internship in Exercise and Sport Science||3-12||View|
|MATH 140||College Algebra (GT-MA1)||3||View|
|ROE 333||Recreation and Sport Marketing||3||View|
|ROE 466||Facilities and Administration||3||View|
Career preparation starts your first year at Western and is the primary focus of every degree.
Visit Career Services in Library 120 or online to discover your interests, define your goals, and land the career of your dreams.
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Alumni Association Future Alumni ScholarshipThe Alumni Association Scholarship is a one-time scholarship of $1,000 and is applicable for the student’s junior or senior year at Western. Any child or grandchild of an alumni is eligible to receive the Future Alumni Scholarship.
- This is a one-time non-renewable scholarship of $1,000.
- Only one Future Alumni Scholarship will be awarded per academic year.
- GPA must be 3.2 or above (college).
Alumni Legacy Scholarship
The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western (incoming freshman or new transfer students are eligible).
Do you have a son or daughter looking at college? Have they considered attending Western? As an alumni, your son, daughter and/or grandchildren are eligible for certain benefits distributed through this scholarship, as follows:
- This is a one-time scholarship of $1,000.
- Nominee must be an incoming freshman or new transfer.
- The cost of orientation is reduced by half (a $45 value).
- The admission application fee is waived (a $30 value).
- GPA must be 2.0 or above (high school or college of transfer).
The applicant must fill out the application form found here (click). Application forms are accepted year-round. If the applicant meets the GPA guidelines, the scholarship will be awarded.
Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship
The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.
Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).
- Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
- The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
- The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.
The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
The Western Presidential Honors Scholarships, established by the Jack and Marilyn MacAllister Foundation shall be an elite class of scholarships awarded to Western's highest achieving and most deserving students, celebrating the ideals of academic excellence and service to the campus and community. Recipients of the Scholarships will be members of the Western Colorado University Honors Program.
There are eight Presidential Honors Scholarships of $2500 each. Each year two new Presidential Honors Scholarships will be awarded to two incoming freshmen.
Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.
For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.
Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student's GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.
For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.
Expand your community and your network.
There are so many ways that you can maximize your educational experience at Western. Take advantage of these opportunities to advance your career.
- Graduate Research: Collaborate on research projects with students in the High Altitude Exercise Physiology master’s program.
- High Altitude Performance Lab: Take classes and conduct research in our state-of-the-art facility.
- Publish Research: Publish your work in the Center for Wellness and Human Performance Health & Fitness Journal.
- Wellness Elevated: Work with clinical populations and their exercise programming for a semester or more.
- Association for Students of Exercise Sports Science: This club is specifically tailored to ESS majors. Outings and events provide social support, professional development and networking opportunities.
The business side of sports
Learn the business side of athletics to shape that passion for competition, exercise and fitness into a fulfilling, lifelong career.