Concordia University – St. Paul

This program appears in our ranking of 25 Most Affordable Top-Ranked Schools for Online Master’s in Sports Management Degree Programs

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Relocated to Thompson Hall in 2016, the Kinesiology & Health Sciences Department awards a Bachelor of Arts in Sport Management for Concordia University St. Paul undergrads responding to the $73 million industry’s need for strong, ethical leadership. Chaired by Dr. Steve Ross, the 120-credit degree has Twin Cities or online courses like Exercise Biomechanics, Sport Marketing, and Quantitative Reasoning with a 17:1 student-faculty ratio. Similar Concordia B.A. options for Sport Psychology, Sport Communication, and Athletic Training are offered. Graduate Golden Bears pursue the 18-month Master of Arts in Sport Management online via Blackboard for an average 44 percent pay bump. This 33-credit program overseen by Dr. Lana Huberty blends seven-week courses like Managerial Finance with practical application.

Completing Concordia University St. Paul’s Sport Management B.A./M.A. requirements involves six to 12 internship credits. Potential placements include the Minnesota Vikings, Saint Paul Saints, Minnesota Timberwolves, Rochester Honkers, Bethel Royals, Duluth FC, Minnesota Moose, Breezy Point North Stars, Stegman’s Soccer Club, and Alexandria Blizzard. Home to Super Bowl LII, Minnesota will also host the X Games and NCAA Men’s Final Four in 2019. On campus, students support the 14 varsity sports competing in the Division II Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Majors are actively engaged at Gangelhoff Center, Carlander Field, Barnes Field, and the 3,500-seat Sea Foam Stadium. Other opportunities include earning the Coaching Certificate, traveling to the Dominican Republic, joining CHAMP Club, planning the Summer Golf Classic, and attending the Ignite Leadership Retreat.

About Concordia University St. Paul

Concordia University St. Paul was opened in September 1893 by the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod to train men for Christian ministry. By 1921, Concordia High School was accredited for lower-division collegiate study. Enduring the Great Depression and WWII, Concordia started admitting women in 1951 and granting Bachelor of Arts degrees in 1962. Three decades later, it became Minnesota’s first private, coed LCMS liberal arts school with Division II athletics. Budgeting $54.9 million yearly, Concordia University St. Paul now trains 4,800 Golden Bears, including Sport Management majors, from 20 nations for 94 percent job placement. Linked to 14,887 LinkedIn alumni, CSP has produced athletes Marty Lang, Paul Hinrichs, Zach Moore, and others at its 29-building “Capital City” campus.

The U.S. News & World Report ranked CSP the 106th best Midwest school with the 131st best bachelor’s and 112th top graduate business degrees online nationally. On Niche, Concordia St. Paul boasts America’s 127th best location, 169th top kinesiology department, 341st hardest academics, and 455th best dorms. College Factual named CSP the seventh best Lutheran college with the 178th top fitness studies value and 506th highest paid management grads. PayScale recorded the country’s 401st best 20-yet net ROI of $314,000 for Concordia University St. Paul grads. The Social Mobility Index placed CSP 241st overall. In Washington Monthly, Concordia has the 135th most community service. Concordia St. Paul has won nine NCAA Division II women’s volleyball national championships since 2007.

Concordia University St. Paul Accreditation Details

In May 2018, Concordia University St. Paul passed comprehensive evaluation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (HLC-NCA) to keep Level V accreditation for 10 more years under its ninth president. Located 6.5 hours southeast in Chicago, this trusted 19-state Midwest accrediting body is authorized by the U.S. Department of Education to ensure academic effectiveness in CSP’s 61 baccalaureate, three certificate, 24 master’s, and two doctoral programs from Willmer to Coon Rapids. Concordia St. Paul also belongs to the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) for online education.

Concordia University St. Paul Application Requirements

Joining the Concordia University St. Paul team is deemed “minimally difficult” by Peterson’s though just 56 percent of the 1,704 Fall 2016 applicants succeeded. First-year Golden Bears clawing into B.A. in Sport Management study must culminate a high school diploma or GED equivalent. On average, freshmen present a cumulative secondary GPA of 3.13. Concordia has test-optional admission, but some undergrads do assert a mean ACT score of 21. Sport management transfers need 20-90 credits from accredited colleges with a minimum 2.0 GPA. The 100+ international undergrads have certified their English skills by scoring at least 80 on the Michigan Test, 547 on the TOEFL, or 52 on the PTE. Starting the Master of Arts requires a regionally accredited bachelor’s diploma and 3.0 average or better.

Concordia University St. Paul generally has rolling admission until August 1st for Fall, December 1st for Spring, and May 1st for Summer. Foreign students are the exception with deadlines of July 1st for the Fall and November 1st for the Spring season. Create a CSP account online to submit the free application. If needed, hard copies are mailed to 1282 Concordia Avenue in St. Paul, MN 55104. Please contact (651) 641-8230 or for further instruction. Sport management majors may shutout the competition by simply sending transcript release forms, one recommendation, a 300-word statement, and their résumé.

Concordia University St. Paul Tuition and Financial Aid

For 2018-19, Concordia University St. Paul is billing full-time B.A. in Sport Management majors $11,138 per semester or $22,275 annually. Studying part-time incurs $900 per credit. Non-U.S. residents pay flat-rate tuition of $29,400. Living at the Twin Cities campus’ dorms like Holst Hall adds $4,500 each semester. Annual bachelor’s attendance equals $34,500 on-site and $25,750 with family. Online undergrad courses are discounted to $420 per credit. The M.A. in Sport Management charges slightly more at $475 per credit for a $15,675 online total.

According to the NCES College Navigator, 66 percent of full-time CSP Golden Bears receive annual financial aid packages averaging $8,544 apiece for $15.45 million combined. University funds include the Regents Scholarship, Presidents Scholarship, Transfer Advantage Scholarship, Athletic Scholarship, Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship, Building Opportunity for Leadership Development Scholarship, Lutheran Heritage Scholarship, Twelve Disciples Scholarship, and Legacy Scholarship. The 3+2 Sport Management Program can save up to $34,500. Former military receive GI Bill and MDVA Higher Education Veterans benefits. B.A. majors filing the FAFSA form with code 002347 qualify for Federal Pell and FSEOG Grants. Minnesotans can receive the State Grant, Indian Scholarship, Allis Opportunity Grant, or Academic Excellence Scholarship. Federal Work-Study jobs, AmeriCorps Education Awards, and payment plans are available. Ranked 268th, Concordia University St. Paul also reports mean debt of $14,204 from Stafford, Plus, and alternative loans to Money magazine.

Learn more about Concordia University St. Paul at the Sport Management Program website.

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