Why an Online B.S. in Sports, Arts & Entertainment Management?

Taught by innovators with proven track records in the field, Point Park University’s online bachelor’s in Sports, Arts & Entertainment Management will prepare you for a career that combines business and creativity. During the fully online program, you will develop critical communication, management and analytical skills as you learn first hand how to advocate effectively for an organization, player or artist. Through the carefully designed curriculum and hands-on experience you gain from the online classroom, you will be equipped to advance your career with sports’ most-admired teams, world-class arts and cultural organizations and nationally acclaimed entertainment venues.

Curriculum Overview

The online B.S. in Sports, Arts & Entertainment Management features a dynamic yet balanced core curriculum that spans an array of material to prepare you to enter the field. As a result, you will engage with topics such as management of events, venues, and festivals; Esports; performing arts presenting and touring; media relations in sports and the arts; talent booking; and emerging trends in the music industry.

Because of the diversity of the subjects explored in the course curriculum, you’ll have the ability to choose the specific entertainment management segment you wish to focus on. To ensure you are pursuing the right avenue, you will gain real-world experience through the program’s unique internship program.

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  • Next Start Date: October 24, 2021
Est. Program Length: 2 – 4 Years
Credit Hours: 121
Course Length: 8 Weeks
Cost Per Credit: $520
Transfer Credits Accepted: Up to 90
  • Est. Program Length: 2 – 4 Years

  • Credit Hours: 121

  • Course Length: 8 Weeks

  • Cost Per Credit: $520

  • Transfer Credits Accepted: Up to 90

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Course Offerings

Admission Requirements

Course Description
This course introduces students to the different kinds of communities that people construct for themselves (e.g. social, political, artistic, etc.) and the values and dynamics that define such communities (e.g. cooperation, civility, tolerance, responsibility, etc.). The notion of what it means to be a responsible member of the community will actively be explored and discussed by engagement and analysis of multiple communities: the classroom community, the Point Park University community, and the Pittsburgh community. Students will also examine the responsibilities they have to their personal academic development.

Course Description
This course included communication theory as well as speech preparation, delivery, and communication technology. Student learning focuses on researching, composing, and delivering formal and impromptu speeches and presentations. Topics include research, analyzing and adapting audiences, message construction, outlining, delivery of messages and effective use of visual aids and technology. This course will develop each student’s ability to communicate effectively with respect to audience and purpose. The major emphasis is on the preparation and delivery of presentations ranging from one-on-one pitches and small group discussion to large audience speeches.

Course Description
Students will write argument-based assignments leading to an independently researched project based on academic and professional goals. Students will be required to 1.) find and integrate a variety of sources, 2.) read and analyze these sources, 3.) develop strong thesis statements that reflect perspectives on topics or issues, and 4.) construct persuasive arguments that engage with the viewpoints of experts and commentators. As the term progresses, students will have the opportunity to re-think or revise the ideas and perspectives they explored in earlier writing assignments by engaging with peer feedback and revising earlier drafts. Placement recommendations will require students to take ENGL 101 as a three credit course OR in conjunction with an additional credit of lab or studio instruction. Students who earn F or NP grades in ENGL 101 will be required to re-take the course in conjunction with a one-credit Writing Studio course.

Course Description
This college level algebra course includes the study of linear, polynomial, rational, radical, quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic functions and their graphs. Other topics include inequalities, factoring, systems of equations, complex numbers, and applications. Students enrolling in this course should have a background in college preparatory algebra, including high school Algebra I and Algebra II or equivalent.

Course Description:

Life is coming and so are its financial responsibilities. Now is the time to become more financially literate. This course will provide students an engaging and approachable framework for developing greater financial literary and creating financial plans as students move out of their college experience and into the real-world. Topics such as student loan consolidation, balancing consumer needs and savings, creating financial budgets and plans, maintaining a healthy credit standing, and developing long-term financial horizons will be few of the areas covered through the use of readily available PC and mobile applications. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or above.

Choose one of the following courses:

  • CMPS 114 – Problem Solving with Information Technology
  • GRID 103 – Graphic Design I

Choose ECON 201 and one of the following courses:

  • ECON 201 – Principles of Macroeconomics (*Required by Department Major)
  • GCS 175 – Intro to Global Cultural Studies
  • HIST 201 – Western Civilization I
  • HIST 202 – Western Civilization II
  • PADM 210/POLS 204 – Public Administration
  • POLS 205 – World Geography
  • POLS 250 – Intro to Study of Gov’t Systems
  • PHIL 215 – World Religions

Choose one of the following courses:

  • NSET 110 – Intro to Natural Sciences I
  • NSET 111 – Intro to Natural Sciences II

Choose one of the following courses:

  • ENGL 250 – World Lit: Drama, Poetry, Epic
  • ENGL 251 – World Lit: Novels

Choose PSYC 150 and one of the following courses:

  • PSYC 150 – Psychological Foundations (*Required by Department Major)
  • PSYC 214 – Psychology of Emotion
  • SOC 150 – Sociological Foundations

Choose one of the following courses:

  • ART 100 – Intro to Visual Arts
  • COMM 290 – Seminar in Media Studies
  • COPA 250 – Exploring the Arts

Course Description:

This capstone class requires students to interpret knowledge gained throughout their coursework in the University core and SAEM program in order to conceptualize a business model canvas, analyze a company’s business model, and to create a business plan for a theoretical sports arts or entertainment related company. An e-portfolio will be utilized for assessment purposes. Prerequisites: SAEM Major, ACCT 220, 90+ Credits.

Course Description
Data analysis and charts, rules of probability, conditional probability, distributions, random variables, sampling, confidence interval estimates, hypothesis testing, regression and correlation. Students enrolling in this course should have a background in college preparatory algebra, including high school Algebra I and Algebra II or equivalent.

Course Description
The basic principles and procedures for gathering, recording, summarizing and interpreting accounting data.

Course Description
Use of accounting information for management planning and control and the interpretation of accounting data as a management tool. Prerequisite: ACCT 102.

Course Description
An introduction to the law in general and a survey of the law as it relates to business transactions including the law of contracts, agency and employment, personal property, bailments, real property, wills, descendants’ estates, trusts and international law. Prerequisite: BMGT 101.

Course Description
Selection procedures, training techniques, wage and salary administration, fringe benefits, grievance procedures and disciplinary action. Prerequisites: BMGT 101; PSYC 150.

Course Description:

A philosophical investigation of the main concepts and theories of ethics, with applications to fundamental moral questions as they arise in different areas of business. The following issues may be used as illustrations: affirmative action, investment in unethical companies or countries, product safety, whistle blowing and advertising.

Course Description
The problems associated with the effective management of capital. Includes the development of corporations, legal aspects, securities market, and financial planning and development. Prerequisites: BMGT 101; ACCT 102; MATH 175.

Course Description
Students will study concepts of operations management. Students will learn to use statistical techniques and quantitative analysis to apply to business type problems. Topics will include: Project management (PERT), use of formulas/mathematical equations/probability to make business decisions, models such as linear programming, forecasting, and basic inventory models.

Course Description
Examines the role of individual and group behavior within work organizations. Review the traditional theories of management. Topics will include motivation, leadership, group behavior, organizational structure, conflict management, and resistance to change.

Course Description
The course focuses on the computerized and Web-based systems used in business. Topics covered will include knowledge management, customer relationship management, enterprise resource management, and supply chain management.

Course Description
An introduction to the pricing and allocation mechanism of the classical market economy.

Course Description
Students will be able to apply fundamental marketing and promotional concepts to the sports, arts and entertainment industry. Utilizing these theories, students will identify the consumer and product markets and develop appropriate marketing and promotional plans. Prerequisites: SAEM 101.

Course Description
This Pass/Fail course will prepare each student for their formal review by a board to determine each student’s ability to enroll in the Cooperative Education program in the School of Business. Emphasis will be placed on resume and cover letter writing, mock interviews, electronic portfolio, and various other methods to adequately prepare students for possible Cooperative Educational opportunities. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

Course Description
SAEM 101 functions as an introduction to business basics (emphasis on entrepreneurial skills) within the context of the Sports, Arts and Entertainment industry. Students will receive an opportunity for experiential learning through a SAEM live event assignment and shadowing exercise.

Course Description
This course will cover many facets of the Sports, Arts and Entertainment business, and students will comprehend how live entertainment is a part of all of the disciplines. Highlights include training in the fundamentals of the entertainment business, which includes marketing, promotion, advertising, finance, theatre production, venue management, artist management, artist touring, the recording industry, ticketing operations, sponsorship and more Prerequisites: SAEM Major, SAEM 101.

Course Description
This class will examine the foundation of sports, arts, and entertainment event management. Students will understand concept development, site selection, marketing, budgeting, sponsorship and volunteer management for events. This course will address major trends and successful business practices in event management today. Prerequisites: SAEM 101.

Course Description
This course focuses on the principles and practices of operating Sports, Arts and Entertainment venues and recreational facilities. Emphasis is on the management of such facilities, in addition to security, staffing, operations, budgeting and other related areas. This course also focuses on the technical demands and methods for equipping and operating sports, arts and entertainment venue. Prerequisites: SAEM Major, SAEM 201, SAEM 202.

Course Description
A business development career path includes opportunities in media supported advertising and sponsorships and live entertainment sponsorship, premium seating, ticketing. In this course you will build your own professional personal brand and conduct business with appropriate and expected etiquette. You’ll learn to prospect, conduct a needs analysis, create and deliver a proposal and develop strong client relationships. Prerequisites: SAEM Major, SAEM 202.

Course Description
Internships provide students with hands on experience at sports, arts, and entertainment organizations. Students gain practical experience, enhance skills learned in the classroom, and acquire contacts with professionals in SAEM. This course requires students to complete 200 hours in the field, be evaluated by their supervisors and prepare a report. For SAEM/COPA dual majors who are considering continuing for their MBA, a total of 250 hours is required. Students must be approved prior to beginning their internship and should have a Q.P.A. of 3.0 or higher. Prerequisites: SAEM major with approval; SAEM 250.

Course Description
Utilizing case law, this course will provide an in depth discussion of the role of the law in the sports, art and entertainment industry. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the SAE industry through in-class discussions, legal briefings, textbook and trade publications. Prerequisites: SAEM Major, BMGT 201, Junior Standing.

Focus Area Details

  • SAEM 260 Amateur Athletics
  • SAEM 360 Sports Agents
  • SAEM 362 Sports Management/Lead
  • SAEM 364 Media Relations in Sports
  • SAEM 395 Special Topics

Focus Area Details

  • SAEM 320 Ticketing
  • SAEM 330 Talent Booking Management
  • SAEM 331 Production Tour Management
  • SAEM 332 Emerging Trends in the Music Industry
  • SAEM 333 Pioneer Records
  • SAEM 395 Special Topics