Culver-Stockton College

This program appears in our ranking of 50 Most Affordable Selective Colleges for Sports Management.


Culver-Stockton College offers a Sport Management degree program designed for students with a passion for sports. Students are prepared for careers in many different sport-related industries. Students are provided an opportunity to gain hands-on experience through student-run clubs, travel study, professional experience and on-campus sports. The program focuses on connecting business with the sporting industry, explaining how finance, accounting, management, technology and other business subjects relate to the sporting industry of today. Students may also choose to concentrate their studies in Business, Marketing, Accounting and Finance, Communications or Human Performance. Courses required for the program may include:

  • Business Law
  • Business Management
  • Ethics and Governance
  • Facilities and Event Management
  • Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Introduction to Sport Management
  • Legal Issues in Sport
  • Principles of Accounting
  • Psychology of Sport
  • Sociology of Sport
  • Sport Finance
  • Sport Marketing

The sport management program provides an understanding of public relations, administration and other aspects of the business of sports. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that growth of sports programs at college and high school levels will lead to a 13 percent growth in the industry over the next ten years. Graduates have found positions as recreation and fitness teachers, coaches, scouts, personal trainers, event managers and facilities management.

About Culver-Stockton College

Culver-Stockton College was founded by the Disciples of Christ Church in 1858, but it was the dream of D. Pat Henderson and other members of the church as early as 1850. A charter was granted in 1853 for what was then called Christian University. The school was designed to educate men and women, the first coeducational college west of the Mississippi. During the Civil War, federal troops occupied the only building on campus, requiring the suspension of classes until 1865. The school struggled financially until 1902 when Dr. Carl Johann took over as president.

In 1917, the name of the school changed to Culver-Stockton College in recognition of Mary Culver and Robert Stockton who were benefactors of the school, providing funding to keep the school operational several times over the years.

President Johann met Stockton while he as conducting a fundraising campaign and Stockton became a strong supporter of the school. He donated funds after a fire burnt Old Main in 1903, provided funding for cottages designed for married students, supported teacher salaries and paid off college debt. Guided by Stockton, Culver also donated generously to the school, helping to advance teacher salaries, improve the library and laboratory facilities as well as funds to build the L.L. Culver Gymnasium which was named in honor of her husband.

Culver-Stockton College Accreditation Details

Culver-Stockton College is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. This indicates that the college provides students with an education that prepares them for leadership roles in their chosen career. In addition, accreditation indicates that the school has the resources to meet their goals and objectives.

Athletic training programs at Culver-Stockton are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education and the business programs by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education. The music programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music while the nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Culver-Stockton is affiliated with the Disciples of Christ, the Missouri Board of Nursing and the Missouri State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Culver-Stockton College Application Requirements

Undergraduate students who have not earned college credit beyond high school graduation enter Culver-Stockton College as freshmen. Students must submit an application along with official high school transcripts. They must also supply official ACT or SAT scores. Letters of recommendation and essays may be submitted but are optional. Students who are interested in fine arts programs must schedule an on-campus audition.

Students who have earned college credit after graduating from high school must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Students who have less than 24 credit hours must also submit high school transcripts and test scores.

In order to apply for graduate studies, students must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university. All graduate applicants must provide official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Students must provide two professional and educational references. A Philosophy of Education must also be submitted for those entering education programs. Students who wish to enter the MBA program must have a GPA of 3.2 or higher and must provide two professional or educational references.

Culver-Stockton College Tuition and Financial Aid

Culver-Stockton College tuition for full-time undergraduate studies is $26,255 per year. Online tuition is $395 per credit hour for undergraduate programs and $500 per credit hour for graduate programs.

Financial aid is available in the form of grants and scholarships, which do not have to be repaid, as well as loans that are required to be repaid. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to qualify for financial assistance. Students may also be eligible for work-study programs, using employment at the college to offset the cost of tuition. Culver-Stockton College also accepts military, veteran and employer benefits.

Culver-Stockton College also offers a Travel Study Grant to allow students to take advantage of experiential courses. Students may earn up to $1,500 in grants designed for travel study over their four years of education to be used toward either domestic or international travel.

Culver-Stockton College offers traditional and online programs designed to help individuals achieve their higher education goals. Culver-Stockton College’s sport management program combines classroom and hands-on learning in order to prepare graduates for leadership roles in the industry. The online programs at Culver-Stockton College allow working adults to achieve their higher education goals.

Learn more about Culver-Stockton College at their sport management program website.

Related Articles:

What is an Athletic Trainer?

How Do You Become a Physical Therapist?