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Sports Tourism Development

Undergraduate Certificate

In the early 21st century, traditional sun and sea vacations, once the mainstay of the travel and tourism industry, are being replaced by sport-related vacations and a new breed of tourist eager to attend an ever-increasing number of readily accessible sporting events. Events such as the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, Asian Games, and soccer World Cups have enabled specialist travel companies to gain official ticket allocations, then sell them in packages that include flights, hotels, and excursions.

The IU Online Undergraduate Certificate in Sports Tourism Development is an innovative program that blends the study of sports and tourism. Set in the context of the increasingly international nature of sport participation and sport spectatorship, the program offers remarkable insight into this growing industry. This program combines both theory and practice to prepare you for opportunities in the sports tourism industry.

As a student in the program, you take courses in tourism planning and development, management of sports events, and sport tourism development. You go behind the scenes of sport event planning, including site selection, logistics, personnel, marketing, economics, and legalities, and examine how sports make an impact on community and business growth.

Depending on your interests, you may choose elective courses in sport journalism, sport marketing, sport sociology, or other special topics. You also complete an industry internship. In addition to knowledge and skills directly related to this program of study, you also develop a range of skills that include teamwork, analytical thinking, communication, volunteer work, and service-learning experiences.

Your IU Online Undergraduate Certificate in Sports Tourism Development prepares you for such careers as:

  • Sport event planner 
  • Event manager 
  • Sports museum curator 
  • Sports museum marketer 
  • Stadium worker 
  • Travel agent 
  • Fairgrounds manager 

Certificate Requirements

To earn the Undergraduate Certificate in Sports Tourism Development, you must complete 19 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follow:

  • Sports tourism development core courses (9 credit hours) 
  • Sports tourism development internship (1 credit hour) 
  • Sports tourism development elective courses (9 credit hours)

*Courses for this certificate program are offered both online and on campus. Please check the current course listings for online availability.

Student Services

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To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. Admissions requirements vary.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states
To apply to this program:

  • Complete application for admission.  
  • Complete an essay (applicants with fewer than 26 credit hours).  
  • Submit high school transcript or equivalent (applicants with fewer than 26 credit hours).  
  • International applicants may be asked for additional materials.  
  • Submit official transcripts to mycredit@iupui.edu or:  

        IUPUI Office of Undergraduate Admissions 
        Cavanaugh Hall 147 
        425 University Boulevard 
        Indianapolis, IN 46202 

Application Deadlines
Fall Semester
May 1
Spring Semester
November 1
Summer Semester
March 15


  • TCEM-C 387Industry Internship1 Credits
  • TCEM-E 219Management of Sports Events3 Credits
  • TCEM-T 107Tourism Planning and Development3 Credits
  • TCEM-T 319Sport Tourism Development3 Credits
  • HPER-P 331Planning and Operation of Sport Facilities3 Credits
  • HPER-P 333Sport in America3 Credits
  • HPER-P 392Sport in American Society3 Credits
  • HPER-P 418Sport Marketing3 Credits
  • HPER-R 423Visitor Behavior3 Credits
  • JOUR-J 150Introduction to Sport Journalism3 Credits
  • JOUR-J 152Introduction to Sports in Society3 Credits
  • TCEM-G 299Special Topic in Tourism 3 Credits
  • TCEM-T 329Tourism Sports Marketing3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $279.03
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $837.09
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $957.58
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $2872.74
Note:  Additional fees will apply.

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