The Sports Management program of MBA at UNEC Business School is an interdisciplinary program designed to nurture management skills such as sports management, advertising, media relations, sports sponsorship and marketing programs. Sports industry offers diverse and dynamic opportunities ranging from activities in professional sports to organizing and managing events whether public or private, corporate health and fitness clubs. Increasing awareness of fitness and wellness and the popularity of professional sports results in huge opportunities to promote and maintain sports industry and business. Sporting events, whether they are small local competitions or large events with worldwide exposure, require professional managers to ensure maximum benefit for all involved parties. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for a vast field of managerial positions in sports based industry.

MBA program length and location:

The Sports Management specialization of the MBA program lasts for 4 semesters within 2 academic years.

The course requirement is 10 core courses (60 credits), 4 electives (12 credits) and a capstone project (12 credits), total 96 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits.

Converted to US credit system the course requirement is 10 core courses (30 credits), 4 electives (12 credits) and a capstone project (6 credits), 48 credits in total.

Courses are taught in fall, spring and summer semesters two times a week. University is located in Istiglaliyyat Street 6, AZ1001, Baku Azerbaijan.

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Admission requirements to the program:

Baccalaureates having a minimum of 2 years of work experience with different backgrounds (economics, commerce, mathematics, engineering, medicine etc.) are eligible to join the MBA program. Eligible international students are accepted to the program based on a contract signed between both parties (university and potential student). Local students are required to pass a uniform state attestation exam before applying to the MBA program. Potential students are required to provide a proof of English language skills along with academic eligibility.


Advantages of teaching methods in the MBA program:

The MBA program seeks to improve students for their leadership skills, prepare them to master systematic knowledge, capabilities and management skills, enhance their professional competence, investigate complex business information, learn analytical thinking and decision-making skills, nourish student’s entrepreneurial mind, teach them business ethics, presentation and time management skills. This program prepares students to occupy top positions in organizations with different cultures. Case studies, presentations, time management skills, group/individual projects, and business games along with theoretical approach complement a rigorous program. The program also aims at teaching students with change management skills peculiar to non-government, not-for-profit and commercial organizations along with proactive thinking style to project scenarios in a regulatory environment. Students will be graded through midterm, class attendance, participation, home works, and final examinations.

Lecturers/Professors of the MBA Program:

Along with full time faculty members of the Azerbaijan State University of Economics (UNEC) the MBA program benefits from scientific and practical potential of professors and lecturers with top academic and managerial background whether in public, government, or private. The program also invites academicians from high ranked universities around the globe and takes advantage of their scientific knowledge and practical potential.



Magistrates who maintain excellent, good, or satisfactory academic standing and graduate from the MBA program receive their MBA degree with all the rights and privileges related to this degree.

Securities courses:

First semester:


SMO 652                    Leadership and Organizational Behaviour

MGTSC 501               Statistics for Business and Economics

ECON 503                 Managerial Economics

ACCTG 503               Financial Accounting (F3)


Second semester:

SMO 502                    Strategy, Organization and Innovation

MARK 611                Sponsoring, PR and Merchandising

MARK 502                Marketing Strategy

ACCTG 502               Managerial Accounting (F2)

Third semester:

OM 504                      Sports Operations Management

BLAW 642                Business Law (F4)


Forth semester – 4  major electives

FIN 612                      Finance and Investment Planning in Sports

BLAW 615                Sports Law and Risk Management

SMO 632                    Sports Tourism

SMO 610                    Stadium and Arena Management

MGTSC 502               Business Research Methods in Sports

ECON 610                 Economics for Sports

BUEC 617                 Sport Globalization

SMO 601                    International Sport Systems

MARK 626                Sport marketing research

BUEC 624                 Sport consumer behavior

BUEC 631                 Olympic governance and olympic policy

SOCY 515                 Sociological aspects of sports management

SMO 620                    Managment of Sports Organizations

ACCTG 604               Taxation in Sports

HRM 602                   International Business Ethics and Corporate Governance

BLAW 631                Legal Aspects of Management

RES 620                     Research Methods in desicion making

MIS 521                     Management Information Systems


Capstone – Topics related to sports management

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