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SU's MBA in Sport and Entertainment Management provides students with a home team advantage

September 20, 2022

Media assets: Jordan Babineaux and other MBA SEM leaders and current students available for interviews and Seattle Seahawks spotlight video below. Partnerships with professional Seattle sports clubs drives Seattle University's MBA in Sport and Entertainment Management program.

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Lincoln Vander Veen


Seattle University recognizes that learning takes place everywhere - the classroom, the community and sometimes, the field or court.

SU's Albers School of Business and Economics is home to the Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Sport and Entertainment Management (SEM) providing students an opportunity to learn from the pros, such as former Seattle Seahawk Jordan Babineaux who teaches in the program.

The MBA SEM includes a Fellowship program—one of only two like it in the country—and is intentional about guiding its students, faculty and partners to work and educate inclusively, with social justice at its core.

Currently, students are working with Seattle teams and organizations including the Seahawks, Mariners, Kraken, Storm, Sounders FC and Climate Pledge Arena, a list of partners the program is planning to grow.

"The SEM Fellowship program is unique," explains Babineaux. "The support of our sports franchises has created a significant competitive advantage for students to get industry experience, develop strong relationships, and build the skills to help them launch their young professional careers."

The MBA SEM is a two-year program, with year one frontloaded with courses that develop business acumen and leadership skills. In that first year, during Winter Quarter, all fellowship positions are announced. Students select their top two to three priorities and submit their applications. By Spring Quarter, they are informed of the fellowship position and begin to work with their partner organization.

"The Fellowship is a rare and special opportunity for our students to apply what they learn in the classroom to an immersive experience in the industry," says Eva Sedgwick, MBA SEM director. "This is much more than an internship. The fellowships are born out of SU's partnerships with organizational leaders in the sport and entertainment industry. The partnership concept is innovative, visionary and specifically intended to foster positive social change: to increase diversity and inclusion in the industry."   

"SU and its partners understand their role in creating a diverse pipeline of inclusive leaders and hiring them," Babineaux says. "If you measure the opportunities for minorities and the lack of representation in decision-making roles within organizations in comparison to whites, you'll see a significant disparity for people of color in leadership positions. We hope to attract more partners that challenge organizations and leaders to think differently and intentionally about having a more diverse workplace."

*Interviews with Jordan Babineaux and other MBA SEM leaders and current students available.

To learn more about the Seattle University MBA SEM please visit the website.