To date, we’ve asked 39 current and past sports management students about their happiness with their degree. Turns out, they rate it average.

There’s likely at least a few majors you could see yourself in.

To help you reach the decision that is right for you, we asked students who have pursued a sports management degree to respond to questions concerning five dimensions of the educational track they chose:

  • Course material: Were they interested in the material they learned?
  • Intellectual fulfillment: Did they find the coursework intellectually stimulating?
  • Job prospects: Did they leave the program with job opportunities?
  • Personality: Was the degree a good fit for their personality?
  • Overall fit: Were they happy with the program overall?

We examined their responses and combined the rankings to give us an average satisfaction score across all students. This doesn't necessarily reflect how satisfied you would be with a sports management degree, but it’s a starting point to help you evaluate your options.

How satisfied are sports management students compared to other degrees?

Overall, sports management students rate their satisfaction with their degree a 3.1 out of 5. This is low compared to other degrees which average a rating of 3.28 across all degrees. For context, sports management students rate their happiness similarly to students in Finance and Related Studies, Digital Communication And Media/Multimedia and Law and Related Legal Studies.

Here are other degrees that have a similar satisfaction rating to sports management

DegreeAvg Grad SalarySatisfaction
Human Biology$64,122
Digital Communication And Media/Multimedia$55,433
Finance and Related Studies$95,953
Sports Management$51,354
Law and Related Legal Studies$62,210
Management Science and Quantitative Methods$88,266
Aerospace Engineering$97,475
International Business$76,667
Physical Education and Related Studies$48,957

Let's break that down further.

Are sports management students satisfied with what they’re learning?

We asked students about their satisfaction with their course material and overall intellectual fulfillment. Here’s what they said:

We asked graduates how interesting they found the course material to be. Their response was:
3.9 out of 5 stars
40 ratings
5 stars
38%
4 stars
30%
3 stars
23%
2 stars
5%
1 stars
5%
We asked graduates how intellectually fulfilling they found the degree. Their response was:
3.3 out of 5 stars
36 ratings
5 stars
14%
4 stars
42%
3 stars
17%
2 stars
19%
1 stars
8%

These ratings are meant to give you an indication about what other people enrolled in sports management experienced. While their input is useful, keep in mind that different people have had vastly different experiences, all of which were impacted by their personal motivations, professors, and specific curriculum. Always keep your own goals at the center of your decision-making process when it comes to something as significant as your education.

Did sports management graduates leave school with good job prospects?

Of course, working towards a degree is also about pursuing your desired career. Here’s what sports management grads had to say about their job prospects:

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their job prospects. Their response was:
2.7 out of 5 stars
40 ratings
5 stars
8%
4 stars
10%
3 stars
45%
2 stars
23%
1 stars
15%

These responses represent a wide range of opinions. Things like extracurricular activities, internships and work placements can set you up for success after graduation.

Were sports management students happy with their degree overall?

This rating takes into account all factors: how demanding the program is, whether graduates felt it was worthwhile, and how fulfilling they found their educational experience.

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their degree as a whole. Their response was:
3.1 out of 5 stars
39 ratings
5 stars
15%
4 stars
23%
3 stars
28%
2 stars
23%
1 stars
10%

As you consider this information and input from others, remember above all that your choice should be based on your interests, goals, passions, and abilities. Consider the future and give yourself time. If you’re feeling unsure, click here to take our career assessment and see what path could be right for you.

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