Rawlings Sport Business Management – Program Features


Project Based Learning

The Rawlings Sport Business Management program has instituted a three-pillar approach to the degree: unique classroom experience, volunteer opportunities and a required sport-oriented internship.

  • The unique classroom experience can be attributed to a faculty that has a history of sport industry experience at the collegiate, professional and product company level. In-classroom learning is enhanced by guest lecturers who currently work in the sports industry. Learning is extended through real-world project work for sports organizations such as the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Sports Commission.
  • Volunteer opportunities expose sport business management students to many different careers. Close relationships with sports organizations throughout the St. Louis, such as the St. Louis Bandits and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), give our students unprecedented access to the other side of the sports world.
  • All students are required to hold, at minimum, one internship, thus giving students the opportunity to work side-by-side with industry professionals at sports organizations not just in the St. Louis region, but also across the country. The option to take advantage of a 12-credit hour semester away internship has landed Maryville students intern positions for the Colorado Rockies and the Chick-fil-a Bowl in Atlanta.

Professional Partnerships

Maryville is proud to work with numerous corporate and civic organizations in St. Louis and beyond through partnerships created in support of our academic programs and student opportunities. The list of the University's partners is long, impressive, and ever expanding: Rawlings, Mercy, St. Louis Public Schools, Parkway School District, Edward Jones, Northwestern Mutual, RGA, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, and Maritz, just to name a few.

Our partners provide students with opportunities to experience hands-on involvement in real-world projects, requiring them to hone market-ready skills even before they graduate. Students also experience a variety of work environments and develop a network of industry contacts through these partnerships, so Maryville graduates often have a competitive edge in the job market. In fact, many of our partners provide valuable internships—which can lead to full-time jobs with the firm or agency.

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