Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at Isenberg

MBA/MS Course Descriptions

Click here for a list of all required courses for the MBA/MS. All courses are three credits unless otherwise specified. Courses are subject to change, and not all courses are offered in every semester.


Sport Management Courses (33 credits)

Students enrolled in the MBA/MS program are required to take 33 credits in the Masters of Science Degree program during the second academic year. Click here to view the course descriptions in the Masters Program.


MBA Required Courses (42 credits)


SPORTMGT 595C - Sport Leadership. This course is based on the premise that while knowledge of leadership that is captured by readings, structured, and presented by professors in the classroom is a valuable tool for learning, it can be complemented by learning directly from experienced sport executives.  This process of combining theory with leadership lessons from the "real world" will require you to read, reflect, write, and prepare diligently for 4-5 visits from top executives in the sport industry.  The following leadership components will be addressed and examined in this course: effective and ineffective leadership traits, attributes, and behaviors; transformational and developmental perspectives; team leadership; and crisis management, among other components.   

The primary purpose of this course will be met by you having:

•             Increased knowledge of leadership theory and techniques in sport organizations.

•             Increased ability to understand the collaborative nature of leadership.

•             Realized the importance of becoming aware (in real time) of your assumptions and the effect that those assumptions may have on how you learn current leadership strategies.

•             Realized that leadership does not occur in a vacuum and that your actions and behaviors have implications on others (leaders and followers).


SCH-MGMT 632 Information Management (3)
The management of information technology resources to successfully integrate into an organization electronic commerce, network computing, supply chain management, enterprise resource planning, transaction processing systems, customer relationship management, information security and other relevant topics.

SCH-MGMT 640 Financial Analysis and Decisions (3)  
Basic concepts, principles, and practices involved in financing businesses and in maintaining efficient operation of the firm. Framework for analyzing savings-investment and other financial decisions. Both theory and techniques applicable to financial problem solving.

SCH-MGMT 644 Managerial Economics (3)
Microeconomic analysis and application to business decisions: cost and profit analysis; demand and pricing; investment analysis and capital budgeting; and economic forecasting. (Required for full-time MBA only)

SCH-MGMT 650 Business Data Analysis (3)
Statistical methods employed in collection, analysis, and interpretation of data. Business applications of sampling, analysis of variance, experimental design, regression analysis, and forecasting models.

SCH-MGMT 660 Marketing Management (3)
Marketing concepts of planning, organization, control, and decision making from viewpoint of the business executive. Stress on tools available for analysis and control of marketing activities.

SCH-MGMT 670 Production Operations Management (3)
Analysis of production problems and solution techniques. Work-flow processes, technology of materials and equipment, and control of availability, quality, cost, and price of products and resources. 


SPORTMGT 680 - Strategic Management Issues in the Sport Industry

What's it take to excel at the C-Level (CEO, COO, CMO) of sport franchises?  Through the integration of multiple disciplines (marketing, organizational behavior/development, law/risk management, finance, socio-cultural) this case study-based course challenges students to identify and address current strategic issues facing sport executives across a broad range of sport industries including professional teams, consultancies, college athletics and manufacturers. Topical issues explored include entrepreneurship and the effective use of marketing and management analytics.

SCH-MGMT 689 Organizational Planning and Strategy (3)
Capstone course requiring application of knowledge, theories, and techniques derived from previous courses, using integrative cases and empirical observations to formulate improved policies and plans. Restricted to final semester or by consent of instructor.


SPTMGT 694B Professional Development in Sport Management (2)

Provides a comprehensive overview of the various segments within the sport industry. Students will assess their own personal and career interests and learn how to effectively research jobs, choose careers in line with those interests and market themselves to prospective employers.


SCH-MGMT 697BB Managing Organizations and People (3)

Addresses questions of organization design and human behavior. Presents perspectives for understanding and analyzing processes of managing complex organizations and the interpersonal dynamics within them.


SCH-MGMT 698 Practicum (6)

A semester-long consulting project with both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.


SCH-MGMT 770 Human Resource Management (3)

Overview of personnel management theory and practice in organizations.  Job definition; recruitment, selection, separation; training; health and safety; compensation; EEO issues.

SCH-MGMT 783 Business and Its Environment (3)
Relationship between business firms and various environments in which they operate; examines environmental impact of business decisions, issues related to social accountability of firms, and concepts of cost-benefit analysis. Advanced graduate standing or consent of instructor required.


SCH-MGMT 797FR Financial Reporting for Decision Makers (3)

A conceptual introduction to financial accounting, covering the complete accounting cycle and resulting financial statements. Topics include asset valuation and reporting, debt and evaluation financing, inter-corporate investments, and earnings management.
Accounting pertinent to managers in making internal decisions. Topics include cost behavior, cost-volume-profit analysis, profit planning, transfer pricing, evaluation of segment profitability, and activity-based costing.

SCH-MGMT 797FL Financial Reporting Lab (1)

Representative Elective Courses
In choosing electives, students should bear in mind that this is a representative listing of courses and that topics will vary according to research expertise of the faculty, student areas of interest, and current business trends. Elective credits range from 1 - 3.