What is an MBA in Sport Management?An MBA in Sport Management delivers valuable skills in analytics, sports marketing, management of people and teams, and leadership. Generally studied over 18 months full time, this course takes an interdisciplinary approach to applying best-practice business skills in a variety of real-world sporting settings.
- 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
Real Madrid Graduate School received a top ten SportBusiness postgraduate ranking in 2020.
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 - $136,675
Sport Event Manager
Average salary: $40,000 - $90,000
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 students to the concepts of business communications and transferrable academic skills. This subject presents an analysis of the types of communication processes, 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 students to research skills, information literacy, critical analysis, writing and language techniques. The aims of this subject are to provide knowledge and skills needed for success in Higher Education, to help students manage their own success and to assist them in reaching their academic potential.
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 to use accounting and financial information for decision-making purposes. It is designed for the leader/manager who will be using, rather than producing accounting and financial information. This subject also addresses the various types of financial decisions that leaders must make, and the strategies necessary to anticipate the alternatives, evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of each and recognise the tradeoffs inherent in each alternative. The objective of this subject is for students to learn how to apply accounting and finance theory and principles to the analysis of important business problems, further developing their skills at using numerical analysis and research to support a line of argument.
Management, People and Teams | MGT600Understanding organisational behaviour, politics, dynamics and environments and how they impact on the role and legitimacy of the management function is the core of this subject. This subject helps individuals understand the constraints they face as managers and emerging leaders and how they can develop strategies to leverage advantages and overcome constraints and barriers in their organisations. The subject also focusses on developing some of the advanced communication skills necessary in management and leadership roles, and the ability of the individual to influence others. The subject introduces students to the concept of naturally occurring data and qualitative analysis. This subject also focuses on the development of knowledge and skills to enable students to identify, analyse and make effective decisions to resolve people-related issues in organisations, facilitate employee development, and develop and sustain effective teams in complex, diverse, and increasingly 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 | MGT601
Leadership in modern organisations is a way of thinking and behaving. It is not necessarily a position in a hierarchy. Leadership is a process of energising, influencing and motivating others: up, down, sideways and diagonally. Becoming an effective leader requires self-awareness, self-management and a strong set of interpersonal communication skills, a set of capabilities that are often described as Emotional Intelligence (EQ). In addition, effective leaders think and act strategically, they build a climate for creativity and innovation, and are culturally sensitive and comfortable with ambiguity.
This subject focuses on developing your leadership capability and not leadership as a theoretical concept that applies to other people. It helps you explore your own leadership development and self-image, using the techniques of reflective research and supported by a mentoring partner. It guides you through the preparation of plan for your continued leadership and professional development that is consistent with your personal values, anchored by the academic literature and enables you to be authentic, confident and resilient in leading productive work places for the future.Dynamic Leadership provides learning at the cognitive or intellectual level and at the affective or emotional level. It develops explicit knowledge of leadership (know-what) and the often-neglected tacit knowledge (know-how).
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 students to a holistic view of the organisation and the broader ecosystem it operates in. It also introduces students to the basic principles of operations management in the context of Systems Thinking. Students will be exposed to 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 sporting facilities. In this subject, you will be required to 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 is to maximise the economic, cultural, tourism and social impact to the city. 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, students will be expected to think broadly about the impact of the facilities from a range of business and community perspectives.
Field Project | FPR611
This subject enables students to demonstrate their ability to think strategically and apply the concepts and tools learned in the course to a sports organisation of their choice. Students will apply investigative and specialised sports knowledge to the professional context of a sporting agency. The subject requires application of concepts, theories and knowledge to the development of management practice in the context of the sports industry.
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.
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 you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.
How to apply
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Frequently asked questions
How do I apply for a course?Domestic students:
Check the entry requirements for the course you’re interested in and submit your initial application form online to begin your journey at Torrens University Australia.
If you have any difficulty, please contact our Future Student Advisors, who can talk you through the process.
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If you are an international student hoping to begin your studies in Australia, study online, or transfer from another university, you may choose to do so through our Education Agents. Our agents are located throughout the world and will make sure the enrolment process runs smoothly. View the full list of International Education Agents. You can also apply online. For anything else, please contact our International team.
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 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.
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.
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