Sport & Entertainment Management, MBA

Seattle University’s MBA in Sport and Entertainment Management will help you develop strategic business leadership skills with equity and inclusion in mind.

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About this Program

Strong Seattle Industry Connections: Supportive Network, Immersive Coursework

Our core sport and entertainment faculty work closely with sport industry professionals to bring timely, real-world challenges to the classroom. Many of our courses embed mini-consulting projects where we have asked the industry, ‘What’s a need you have, and how can we help?’ Other courses bring in sport industry experts to provide insights and feedback on smaller assignments. They are more than just guest lecturers—they are an integrated part of the curriculum.

Our deep connections to the sport industry also mean that you have access to sport executives throughout your two years. They are guest speakers, experienced and enthusiastic mentors, supportive alumni, and our Advisory Board.

Sport and entertainment industry professionals are also integrated into our co-curricular Professional Development Program, which is designed to help you in your career aspirations and consists of the Mentor Program, ‘Career Path’ leadership development, and ‘Career Essentials’.

MBA in Sport and Entertainment Management at a Glance

Learn how this degree from Albers School of Business and Economics will contribute to your career goals, explore course requirements and see how impactful a Seattle University MBA can be.

Getting this MBA will propel you into the dynamic intersection of business and the exhilarating world of sports and entertainment. Your journey will be marked by a comprehensive curriculum designed to hone your managerial skills while immersing you in the unique challenges of this industry. As you delve into coursework, you'll gain insights into sports marketing, event management, and the financial intricacies that drive success in the field. The program ensures you're well-equipped to navigate the complexities of sports organizations, entertainment companies, and the ever-evolving landscape of digital media.

  • Demonstrate competence for managerial decision-making specific to the sport and entertainment industry.
  • Recognize and address moral and ethical challenges, and defend a course of action.
  • Develop inclusive leadership through demonstration of their ability to harness the power of diversity as a source for creativity, innovation and collaboration.
  • Apply appropriate analytical methods to identify, describe and propose solutions to complex business problems in an interconnected world.
  • Develop self-awareness and curiosity in pursuit of professional and personal growth.
  • Display competence in professional communication.

What You’ll Learn

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Meaningful Connections

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Connected to Seattle’s Best Jobs

There’s no better place to learn about business than at the Albers School of Business and Economics. Our strong connections to the best companies in Seattle open doors and create opportunities for all our students. The Albers Career Center connects you to the mentors and resources for the current job market.

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Real-World Experience That Makes a Difference

Hands-on classes feature projects that connect you to our vibrant neighborhood and the broader city of Seattle. You’ll see right away how your skills can make an impact on the businesses and communities in Seattle. If you want to be part of changing the world through business, you’re in the right place.

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Fellowship Opportunity

The highlight of your immersion experience is our Associate Program. The Associate Program is designed to offer students a chance for meaningful work experience while simultaneously developing their sport and entertainment management knowledge in the classroom.

Why Choose an MBA Program?

Hone essential business leadership skills uniquely tailored for the sports and entertainment industry. Take your career to the next level and make a lasting impact on a business that influences millions.

You’ll also improve your earning potential. In fact, the typical annual starting salary for an MBA graduate is about $115,000, with lifetime earnings of $4.1 million. High-achieving executives in technology, consulting and finance can make as much as $500,000 a year.

Plus, with an MBA, jobs are abundant. Executives and hiring managers in all industries—and particularly at some of the most successful firms in the U.S. and the world—agree on one thing: Job candidates who possess an MBA are consistently desirable hires.

MBAs for a More Inclusive Sports and Entertainment Industry

In our MBA in Sport and Entertainment Management, you’ll not only leverage strategic business skills to propel yourself forward in an exciting, impactful industry. You’ll also be working to help increase diversity, equity, and inclusion.

For more than 10 years, our Jesuit-inspired MBA in Sport and Entertainment Management degree has prioritized diversity and inclusion. We are committed to being diverse, to holding equity as an achievable goal, and to preparing graduates to help create an inclusive climate in the workplace.

With ongoing attention to inclusive excellence throughout this process, you’ll develop lifelong habits of learning and reflection, develop a strong understanding of how to create inclusive workplaces, and build skills for innovative and effective problem-solving.

You can trust our Seattle partners care deeply about our mission as well. Together, we can find new ways to bring in new voices at all levels in all organizations. Because sports are more fun when everyone can play. And new talent deserves to be heard and enjoyed by all.

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