Master of Business Administration

MBA with a concentration in Sports Management

Experience and access to sport professionals around the country is what differentiates the TU’s MBA sports management program from traditional sport management degrees. The program is designed to maximize convenience while providing the necessary structure to enhance students’ marketability in the industry. Our extensive list of successful graduates helps students complete a 200-hour mentorship to intensify their education through practical experience with sport franchises, athletic departments, organizations, agencies and facilities with a connection to Tiffin University. 

Graduate Program Tabs

The TU MBA In Sports Management: Your “Front Row Ticket” To Real-World Success

Join us for where the classroom meets the real world of sports!

Tiffin University's Sport Management MBA has demonstrated an aptitude for attracting top professionals from all sectors of the industry whether an aspiring student or one of the many terminally qualified faculty serving as instructors. You may be surprised to be in a class with a Vice President from the NFL, a tournament director with the PGA in Texas, a video analyst for the Cleveland Browns in Ohio, a director with the Toronto Raptors in Canada or a sport broadcaster from a regional radio station in Indiana. Recreation directors, high school athletic directors, collegiate coaches and sport marketing representatives also enroll in the MBA Sport Management program which is growing significantly since graduating its first class in 2009.

Tiffin University is able to boast about attracting some of the most connected professionals in the industry to teach in the program. Faculty have included the President of the United States Olympian's Association, President of the Sierra Leone (Africa) Olympian's Association, a Martial Arts specialist in Paris with ties to organizing the World Karate Championships, a former executive with the Boston Celtics and Atlanta Braves, the former Director of Education for the NCAA and a member of the Sport Lawyers Association with significant experience consulting professional athletes. No doubt, Tiffin University's Sport Management MBA is developing a global reputation as one of the premier graduate programs in the USA.

The Mentorship Program

One of the great advantages of the MBA in Sports Management is that you will be required to participate in a supervised mentorship program with a professional who has appropriate experience and is able to demonstrate a record of outstanding contribution to the profession. The online convenience and flexibility of the mentorship experience has significantly impacted the geographic boundaries for students interested in furthering their academic career in sports. Students are required to complete an application for verification and approval. During the mentorship, students develop a web portfolio and maintain a blog to journal the experiences from their contact hours.

Mentors have included sports agent and President of MWF Enterprises (Molly Fletcher); Indiana Pacers Broadcaster (Chris Denari); New York Liberty Vice President (Kristen Bernert); Dallas Cowboys Assistant Director of Suites (Heather Fuxa); Oakland Raiders Director of Personnel (Dane VanDernat); Georgia State Soccer Association Director (Jade Beaulieu); Sports Agent and President of Merit Management Group (Stephanie Stanley) CEO of AWP Sports Performance (Mike Ledo); National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports Los Angeles (Chad Simmons); CEO of Vahid Management and Production Company (Thomas Robinson); Cincinnati Reds Park Operations Manager (Sean Brown); Houston Rockets Promotions Coordinator (Chirslord Templonuevo); National Sports Manager for Tampa Bay Sports (Teri Parnell); Greater Cleveland Sports Commission Senior Vice President of Events (Meredith Scerba); New York Mets Vice President of Venue Services (Mike Landeen); Pittsburgh Penguins Director of Government Affairs (Abass Kamara); FirstJobinSports Executive Director (Brad Freeman); Atlanta Hawks Coordinator of Community Development (Margo Kline), and NBA Player Representative (Darryl Greene) to name a few.

We make it easy for you and can accommodate flexible scheduling for mentorships in any semester ~ spring, summer, or fall!

Olympic Connection

The university coordinates a cross-cultural experience with the summer Olympic Games offering academic credit for students accepted to the scholars program. The program has been held in Athens, Greece (2004); Beijing, China (2008); London, England (2012); and soon - in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2016). Official volunteers have used service hours towards their Mentorship. Any student may substitute a course in the sports management concentration with the Olympic special topics course. The program has included over 40 students from dozens of universities across the US who enroll in an academic course through Tiffin University. All participants work closely with the World Olympian Association on a humanitarian service project for underprivileged youth in the host city and have opportunities to volunteer at the official Olympic Reunion Center or with the African Olympic Village.

International Certificate in Martial Arts Management

Only six classes! Apply three of Tiffin University's MBA Sport Management courses with three specialized courses offered by Horizon’s University in Paris, France to earn a Graduate Certificate in Martial Arts Management. With both institutions accredited by the European Council of Business Education, Horizons University and Tiffin University have collaborated to create a global online certificate program to meet the needs of professionals employed in martial arts studios, clubs, and gyms for training in Aikido, Boxing, Jiu-Jitsu, Grappling, Hapkido, Judo, Jujitsu, Karate, Kendo, Kickboxing, Krav Maga, Kung Fu, Taekwon Do, Tai Chi, Ultimate Fighting and Wrestling.

Sport Management Management Concentration 8 hours

  • SRM532 Communication and Fund Raising in Sports 
  • SRM534 Business Strategies in Sport 
  • SRM537 Personnel Management in Sport
  • SRM670 Sport Mentorship 

MBA Core Curriculum 28 hours

  • ACC510 Financial Accounting 
  • ACC512 Managerial Accounting
  • CIS514 Information and Decision Support 
  • ECO524 Managerial Economics
  • FIN612 Managerial Finance
  • MAT513 Statistical Methods for Managers 
  • MGT511 Individual and Teamwork 
  • MGT522 Management of Human Resources 
  • MGT613 Operations Management
  • MGT614 Global and Transnational Management
  • MGT622 Strategic Management
  • MGT623 Legal and Ethical Issues in Management
  • MKT523 Marketing Management
  • MKT611 Business Research Analysis 
  • Total MBA 36 hoursConcentration 8 hours
  • MGT603 Negotiations & Conflict Management
  • MGT625 Human Resource Planning & Talent Acquisition
  • MGT626 Talent Development & Performance Management
  • MGT627 Strategic Human Resource Management

Total MBA 36 hours


This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

Online - Offered in two 7-week terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October

On Campus - Offered in two 7-week terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October

Communication and Fund Raising in Sport (SRM532) - Students will recognize communication as integral to the management, marketing and operational goals of sport organizations at all levels. Students will also recognize the needs of professional and volunteer fundraisers in an exploration of the tools, tips and techniques used to fundraise through solicitation, events and grants common in the sports industry.

Business Strategies in Sport (SRM534) - The case study approach will be used in a critical analysis of business concepts related to decision making, leadership, ethics, communication, marketing, sponsorship, budgeting, policy development, public relations and fundraising in the sport industry.

Personnel Management in Sport (SRM537) - This course provides a study of the principles of personnel management including recruiting, staffing, development of human resources, maintaining a favorable work environment, compensation administration, benefits, security and system appraisal as they apply to sport agencies. The course emphasizes the value of diversity and inclusion in human resource practices of sport organizations.

Sport Mentorship (SRM670) - Students are required to participate in 200 contact hours of field experience under the direction of an approved mentor in the sports industry. To enroll in the mentorship, students must complete an online application the semester prior to the requested course enrollment period. Students will maintain an e-portfolio and engage in professional development / career management activities as part of their course requirements. Students must have completed a minimum of 12 graduate credit hours with a minimum GPA of 3.0 for eligibility to enroll in the mentorship.


Rick Goeb
Rick Goeb

Rick A. Goeb, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sports Management

School of Business
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.S., North Dakota State University
  • M.A., University of Northern Colorado
  • Ph.D., University of North Dakota

Rick A. Goeb, Ph.D.

Before joining Tiffin University in 2017, Professor Goeb taught Sports Management at the University of Northwestern Ohio including sport marketing classes and co-lead the American Marketing Association to a first place finish in the Nation at the 2017 AMA National Conference for the Top Small Chapter in the United States.

For 12 years, Dr. Goeb served as Director of Athletics at Bemidji State University where he successfully fundraised for a 65 million dollar facility that is home to the BSU men’s and women’s NCAA Division I hockey teams. He demonstrated specialized skills in selling priority seating, club seating and suites raising revenues over 700% in one year. Under his leadership, the hockey team appeared in the 2009 Frozen Four and football, basketball and track won conference championships.

Dr. Goeb is a former NCAA National Champion wrestler and is in the North Dakota State University Hall of Fame. He was a head college wrestling coach at St. Cloud State in Minnesota. Other top accomplishments include receiving the Herb Brooks Outstanding Service Award where he has served on many active committees. One of his teaching passions is to connect students to the community to participate in event management and marketing opportunities that benefit both the Tiffin community and the student.

Dr. Goeb loves to spend time with his wife Carol and his children Amber, Anna, and Jordan. Studying all facets of sport continues to be a life-long adventure and passion.

Rick A. Goeb, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sports Management
Rick A. Goeb, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sports Management
Bonnie S. Tiell, D.S.M.
Bonnie S. Tiell, D.S.M.

Bonnie S. Tiell, D.S.M.

Professor of Management

School of Business
Degrees & Certificates
  • D.S.M., United States Sports Academy – Sports Management and Human Resource Management
  • M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Sports Administration
  • B.S., Troy University – Physical Education N-12

Bonnie S. Tiell, D.S.M.

Dr. Bonnie Tiell, Professor of Sports Management at Tiffin University, is recognized for her contributions to intercollegiate athletic administration and global sports governance.  Tiell collaborates with members of the World Olympians Association to supervise a humanitarian program for underprivileged youth in host cities. She has coordinated educational programs for groups at the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece; Beijing, China; London, England; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (2016).  Fifteen of her students served as official volunteers.  More information is available at

Tiell has presented research, taught, or collaborated on sports projects throughout five continents.  She is a member of the United States Sports Academy National faculty. She joins Alfreeda Goff from Alden & Associates as the co-founder of the NCAA/NACWAA Women’s Leadership Symposium which has served almost 1500 female students and aspiring administrators in college athletics since 2001.  In her faculty role at Tiffin University, Tiell served as the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative, Dean of Graduate Studies, and MBA Chair. Prior to her faculty appointment, Tiell served as Senior Woman Administrator and Assistant Athletic Director. She is a member of the TU Hall of Fame and has coached volleyball, softball (1993 national qualifier), tennis (2006 national qualifier), track, and basketball for Tiffin University [OH], Alfred University [NY], and Peace College [NC].

Tiell was named the United States Sports Academy 2014 Alumnus of Year and was awarded the Donahue Service Award by the NCAA II Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.  Tiell also was recognized as a recipient of the Region 4 Excellence in Teaching Award through the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs and is a member of the Tiffin University Athletic Hall of Fame.  She contributes a monthly column on sport and social issues for the Advertiser-Tribune newspaper and is co-authoring a textbook for Jones & Bartlett Publishing on Human Resources in Sports: A Managerial Approach.  She resides in Tiffin, OH with her husband (Greg) and has two daughters.

Bonnie S. Tiell, D.S.M.
Professor of Management
Bonnie S. Tiell, D.S.M.
Professor of Management


  • TU helped grow my network and give me experience by meeting students from other cultures and countries, and learning from a range of professors. Anyone who wants to feel connected to their fellow students, to their personable professors, and the community, then TU is place for you.

    -Alexis Mohr '06

  • I could not have asked for better faculty. I love how small the class sizes are because I really know the majority of my professors pretty well. More importantly, they know me really well and are aware of my future goals and aspirations. I know that I could seek help from any one of my mentors and they would give me the best advice that they had.

    -Beata Krembuszewski '17

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    -Caleb Reynolds '15

  • "The aspects of Tiffin University that I really like include low tuition cost and the fact that there are generous scholarships available for international students. Tiffin’s quiet atmosphere makes it easy to concentrate on your studies, but the surrounding cities have plenty to explore including a vibrant entertainment scene.”

    - Xin Guo, China

  • "Tiffin University is the college that has helped me grow into the person that I am today. While at Tiffin, I have made unforgettable memories and friends. I continued my education at The University of Toledo College of Law. Although I am moving on, I will never forget everything I have gained from my time at Tiffin University."

    – Jessica Paule, Class of 2015

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