Bachelor of Business Administration

Go to the Olympics. Tour the facilities and attend galas at the Olympic Reunion Center. Organize humanitarian projects for underprivileged youths in the Olympic host city. Serve as official volunteers. Conduct and present research at international sport business conferences. All, before you even graduate. Tiffin University is one of only a handful of universities that offer an emphasis on sport marketing, making the niche degree attractive to students who want to get the gold. 

All Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) – Sports majors fulfill their academic requirements for graduation by completing 121 hours of course work which, includes a minimum of 200-contact hours in a sports or recreation internship experience.

What You Can Expect From Your Major:

The purpose of the Tiffin University Sports Management major is to promote, stimulate, and guide study, research, and professional career development in the area of sport and recreation management (broadly interpreted). A primary component of the program is an integration of theory with practical requirements.

Your Ticket To The Big Time

TU notables include the NFL Vice President of Player Development, a majority team owner of a minor league franchise, an NFL scout, a former Assistant GM, a two-time NFL Super Bowl wide receiver, and a PGA tournament director.  In 2009-2010, students interned with the Cleveland Indians, Women’s Sports Foundation, Salem Red Sox, LRMR (LeBron James) Marketing Company, Lake Erie Monsters, Columbus Crew, the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, and the Tampa Bay Sports Commission.

Several courses in The BBA and MBA are taught by a certified NBA sports agent, President of the National Olympians Association in Sierra Leone [Africa] and the former Director of Media Relations for the Boston Celtics and Marketing Coordinator for the Atlanta Braves.

Consider some of the other locations TU alumni and students work, have worked, or interned: Cleveland Browns; Pittsburgh Steelers; Tennessee Titans; Buffalo Bills; Milwaukee Brewers; Salem Red Sox; Indianapolis Pacers & Fever; Indianapolis Colts; St. Louis Cardinals; Atlanta Braves; Toledo Mud Hens; Akron Aeros; Lake Erie Monsters; Florence Freedom; Rockford Thunder; Philadelphia Force; Greater Cleveland Sports Commission; Detroit Metro Sports Commission; Mid American Conference; NCAA Final Four; ESPN Detroit Radio; Penn State University Athletics; Wake Forest University Athletics, the NFL Players Association; and IMG.

Sports Management Club - The student-led Sports Management club meets the first Wednesday of the month during the school year to coordinate practicum opportunities.  Members work many of the TU athletic events and organize a co-ed volleyball tournament fundraiser. The past several years have featured speakers from Cleveland Cavaliers, NHL Columbus Blue Jackets; The Ohio State University Athletic Department; the Detroit Tigers; and the National Fastpitch Softball League. For the past few years the club has financed student members to attend the Ohio Parks and Recreation Student Conference, the NCAA Women’s Leadership Symposium; and special tours with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Dayton Dragons.

Core Curriculum of the School of Business 18 hours
Sports core 15 hours
Concentration 15 hours

  • SRM235 Sports Marketing & Promotions
  • MKT253 Marketing Communication
  • COM212 Introduction to Public Relations
  • MKT364 Event Marketing and Management

One of the following:

  • ART325 Graphic Design
  • COM329 Writing for Electronic Media

Total BBA hours 121

 

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

On Campus - Offered in a 15-week semester format with a start date of January and August

All Sports Management offered

Sports Marketing and Promotions (SRM235) - This course is designed to assist students in understanding the techniques of writing common to the sports business with a focus on social and digital media applications for successful marketing and promotion campaigns. Students will gain exposure to writing, designing and editing a variety of documents used for sport sponsorship proposals, brand awareness campaigns, fan loyalty programs, marketing plans, endorsement deals and event fundraising plans. Students will apply fundamental principles of sport blogging, meeting deadlines and web layout for the internet.    

Marketing Communications (MKT253) - This course deals with operation and management of the advertising and promotion function with respect to both its positions within the marketing system and its relationship to the other business functions.    

Event Marketing and Management (MKT364) - Examines the practices for scheduling, planning, organizing, promoting and supervising commercial and private events. Business planning is emphasized as students are familiarized with theories, terminology and logistics for marketing, promotions, management, decision making and analyses of customer behavior. This course emphasizes the creation and implementation of core documents to present to prospective investors, clients and employees.    

Graphic Design (ART325) - This course will investigate the mechanics of visual perception using digital design tools. Focus will be on the formal properties of design including space, line, plane, mass, shape, texture and color; and the organizational fundamentals of unity, balance, rhythm and movement. Students will prepare and produce a series of digital design projects that are relevant to professional practices. Emphasis will be given to the principles of planning and visual thinking needed to communicate ideas. Problem solving on an individual and group level will be stressed.

  • Athlete Development / Fundraising Officer
  • Athletic Coordinator
  • Client Services
  • Community Relations Services
  • Director of Operations
  • Event Coordinator
  • Fan Engagement
  • Fan Services
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Membership Director
  • Public Relations / Communications Director
  • Scouting Services
  • Social Media Coordinator
  • Sport Administrator
  • Sport Agencies
  • Sport Commissions
  • Sports Authority
  • Anderson University Athletics Broadcasting
  • Bleacher Report
  • CCTV Sports (Beijing)
  • Colgate University Athletics Marketing
  • Creative Artists Agency (Nashville)
  • JKS Incorporated Creative and Design (NC)
  • Legends Hospitality
  • Maryland Blue Crabs
  • Middlesboro Daily News Sports Department (Editor)
  • MLB Philadelphia Phillies
  • New Orleans Pelicans
  • NFL Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Ottawa University Sports Information (MO)
  • Snelling Hospitality (Cleveland)
  • Southern Methodist University Athletics
  • Virginia Tech University Athletic Development Office

Faculty

Bonnie S. Tiell, D.S.M.
Bonnie S. Tiell, D.S.M. Professor of Management

Testimonials

  • "TU wasn’t just the place I went to get my degree. It was the place I grew up and I am forever thankful for my Dragon family. It’s always a great day to be a Dragon.”

    – Allison Marie Staunton, Class of 2016

  • "The aspects of Tiffin University that I really like include low tuition cost and the fact that there are generous scholarships available for international students. Tiffin’s quiet atmosphere makes it easy to concentrate on your studies, but the surrounding cities have plenty to explore including a vibrant entertainment scene.”

    - Xin Guo, China

  • "What I love about Tiffin University is the fact that I am learning about real-life experiences inside the classroom. Once I graduate, I know I will be prepared for a career in my field. I am thankful for the support I have received from my professors and classmates."

    - Hasan Abdul Elah, UAE

  • "I chose Tiffin because it is a university with people from all parts of the world, and the fact I could be here and meet all of them is simply amazing. Better yet, I came here for swimming and it was an honor for me to be a part of TU’s newest athletic program.”

    - Ygor Bortolato, Brazil

  • "Tiffin is a small and very safe town. It is closely located to three international airports. People who live in this town are very friendly and open-minded to other cultures. As an international student, Tiffin University has been a good decision for me.”

    - Omar Alfehri, Saudi Arabia

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