What is an MBA in Sport Management?An MBA in Sport Management develops analytics, sports marketing, management and leadership skills. Torrens University co-delivers this degree with Real Madrid Graduate School – a partnership between world-famous Real Madrid Football Club and Universidad Europea. Learn from the world's best.
- Identify and analyse important socio-cultural influences in sport
- Apply current theories across business disciplines and sports management
- Establish and maintain marketing campaigns to build strong communities
- Use software to effectively analyse data and apply advanced business principles
Top-ranked Sports Management MBA
In 2020, Real Madrid Graduate School received a top ten ranking in the Sport Business Postgraduate Rankings for its Master of Business Administration (Sports Management).
This course is accredited by Torrens University Australia ABN 99 154 937 005, RTO 41343, CRICOS 03389E and co-delivered in partnership with Universidad Europea de Madrid.
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You will graduate with the skills and knowledge to critically analyse core sporting business functions, implement strategic processes, manage risk and lead complex teams. MBA graduates are often employed in senior roles in industry or in starting their own successful businesses.
Potential career paths
Average salary: $60,000 - $119,723
Sport Event Manager
Average salary: $78,000 - $119,798
Sporting Facility Manager
Average salary: $64,000 - $190,000
Subjects and units
This course comprises of 12 core subjects. It is expected that each subject, whether studied online or on-campus, will involve a combined total of 120 hours of structured and self-directed learning.
Business Communications | MGT502This subject introduces you to the concepts of business communications and transferrable academic skills. This subject presents an analysis of the types of communication processes expected in industry, which occur in the internal and external business environment, including an examination of the theoretical underpinnings of communication in business. Emphasis is placed on writing skills, reports and presentations and on using technology to communicate. The subject introduces you to research skills, information literacy, critical analysis, writing and language techniques.
Strategic Sport Marketing | BSPOHD601In this subject you will be introduced to marketing, understood as a fundamental aspect of any company strategy. You will apply strategic and operational marketing principles within the global sports industry. Special emphasis will be placed on market research as a necessary process for decision making. Learn about marketing tools to be able to create a marketing strategy and plan.
Business Environment | MGT501
This subject introduces the student to the foundations of business. The focus of this subject is on providing fundamental concepts and context for students to enrich their mastery in subsequent studies while developing as a reflective practitioner. Students will examine the functional operations of business and the environments in which it operates. This may include analysing the economic, social, political, legal, technological and ethical influences on contemporary businesses. Students will also examine the viewpoints of internal and external stakeholders.
Managing Sport Facilities | BSPOHD602You will address a global topic relevant to the feasibility and sustainability of sporting infrastructure. The subject will address the feasibility, design, funding and construction of the facility through to the scheduling of events, human resource management, marketing and operational management. You will apply a practice-based approach to facility operations and management and gain great insight into the dynamic role of the Facility Manager.
Financial Management | FIN600This subject is focused on how company managers/leaders make decisions relating to obtaining finance, making investments, and managing working capital. You will interpret and apply information available from the company’s financial records to inform strategy. This subject will equip you with knowledge and skills that will aid financial decision making. You will learn how to apply tools such as financial statement analysis, capital budgeting, and cost and budget management techniques.
Management, People and Teams | MGT600This subject introduces you to how organisational behaviour, politics, dynamics and environments impact on the role and legitimacy of management. Constraints that managers and emerging leaders face in developing strategies to leverage advantages and overcome barriers in organisations and projects will be explored. You will identify, analyse and make effective decisions to resolve people-related issues, lead and manage change, facilitate employee development, performance and sustain effective teams in complex and diverse global operating environments.
Sport and Social Impact | BSPOHD604This subject presents a new vision on the social impact of sport and the new opportunities this may present, with a clear entrepreneurial focus and adherence to global policy on social responsibility and sustainability. You will learn how to balance the essentials of the sport business with the sustainability and social responsibility inherent to sports management. The most important tools to achieve this balance will be introduced, as well as how to adequately apply them to this field.
Dynamic Leadership | MGT601In this subject you will build upon your current self-understanding to develop your strategic and ethical leadership capability. You will explore your key formative experiences and self-image using the techniques of reflective research, psychometric assessment and support from a mentoring partner. Develop your emotional competency to be authentic, confident and resilient in your leadership practices. Built on a foundation of self-reflection, topics covered include scenario thinking, influencing and motivating others, developing cultural sensitivity, and becoming resilient and tolerant of ambiguity. At the conclusion of the subject you will bring together the knowledge and skills you have acquired through the preparation of a personal leadership development plan.
Sport Marketing and Media | BSPOHD603This subject deepens your knowledge of marketing in the sports industry. You will learn about distribution rights, optimising audience engagement, and the business model of sport. Underpinning all of this is communication and contingency plans. Just like audiences you will critique sport organisations’ use of multimedia channels to grow their influence.
Systems Thinking | MGT603This subject builds on systems theory and introduces you to a holistic view of the organisation, and the broader ecosystem it operates in. Apply Systems Thinking to optimise operations, improve competitive advantage, and address change. You will use several Systems Thinking tools to diagnose and propose innovative solutions to contemporary business issues.
Residence: Sport Facility Operations | RSO609This subject is an immersive and experiential study of sport facilities, their events and operations. You will explore and reflect on the impact of sport facilities and their program of events on the city, and provide a critical analysis to stakeholders as a guide for future stadium development and event programming. This subject is co-delivered by practicing industry professionals who will share their contemporary knowledge of facility design, marketing and management. Building on previous studies, you will be expected to think broadly about the impact of the facilities from a range of business and community perspectives.
Field Project | FPR611In this subject you will demonstrate your ability to think strategically and apply the concepts and tools learned in previous subjects to a sports organisation or sports management issue of your choice. You will apply investigative and specialised sports knowledge to the professional context of a sports organisation or management issue. You will work under the auspices of an academic supervisor to prepare a project that has real-world consequences, one that will make an impact on the field of sports management in your chosen community, or sphere of influence. The project is to be practical or research based and should make a contribution to theory or practice. Students will work under the auspices of an academic supervisor as they prepare a project that has real-world consequences, one that will make an impact on the field of sports management in their chosen community, or sphere of influence. The project is to be practical- or research based and to make a contribution to theory or practice.
Industry partners and work placements
Check the domestic course fee schedule for the cost of your course.
Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.
ScholarshipsIf you are truly passionate about business, we want to hear from you. We have a variety of business scholarships on offer to assist you in becoming a key part of the business industry:
Before you begin your application to study as a domestic student, check that you meet the requirements listed below.
An Australian Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) or equivalent, or higher-level qualification, in a business (or related) discipline from a recognised tertiary institution.
Successful completion of a Bachelor’s degree (AQF Level 7); AND three (3) year of relevant work experience.
Successful completion of Graduate Certificate of Sport Management.
Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior LearningIf you have already completed a qualification or gained skills through life or work experience, you may be able to credit this against your degree with us. Check information about Recognition of Prior Learning and Course Credit transfer. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.
How to apply
Read through the admissions criteria and ensure you meet the entry requirements.
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We’ll contact you shortly after to confirm your details and help you through the rest of the process.
Frequently asked questions
What are Torrens University Australia’s ATAR requirements for domestic students?
Torrens University Australia no longer considers ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank) as our primary entry requirement. We have removed ATAR as the key admissions criteria for applicants aiming to study at Torrens University Australia. We strongly believed an alternative to the ATAR system should be found, which more broadly assesses students, especially when soft skills are emerging as important employability attributes. So, students with a recent secondary school education are now considered for admission if they have a Year 12 (Australian secondary school) certificate. Exceptions may apply to some courses.
What if I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?
Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?
If you are a domestic student attending university or an approved higher education provider, you can get a FEE-HELP loan to pay all or part of your tuition fees.
You are eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for a unit of study (i.e. subject) if you:
- Undertake study with an approved provider.
- Meet the citizenship and residency requirements:
- An Australian citizen or a New Zealand Special Category Visa holder who meets the long-term residency criteria and who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to your course; OR
- A permanent humanitarian visa holder who will be a resident in Australia for the duration of your unit; OR
- Are a permanent visa holder who is undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be a resident in Australia for the duration of the study.
- Enrolled in an eligible unit of study by the census date for the unit.
- Have not exceeded the FEE-HELP limit.
For full details, visit the Australian Government website Study Assist.
If you are still unsure, please contact our Future Student Advisors who can talk you through the information.
Can I get course credit for previous experience?
Yes, course credit is available for most courses upon application and academic approval (excluding Higher Degree by Research programs).
If you have already completed a qualification or have relevant work experience, you may be eligible for credit towards your course. This credit can take the form of credit transfer, block credit or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Review our Course Credits page or chat to our Future Student Advisors.
What are Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)? How do I apply?
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that recognises experience, previous study and qualifications, and other forms of informal and non-formal learning, to determine if you meet course requirements.
If you have relevant qualifications or experience, you may be eligible for credit towards your course and a reduction in tuition costs.
Please speak to our Future Student Advisors to discuss your prior learning experiences.
For more information, please visit Course credits.
How do I apply for a scholarship?
Torrens University has a wide range of scholarship options to support new, returning, international and Australian students. They all include a reduction in tuition fees, and some scholarships include a mentoring component with our industry partners.
When you speak to our Future Student Advisors, let them know you wish to be considered for a scholarship in your application form. They will show you how to apply for a scholarship.
For more details, explore our range of scholarships.
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