2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 30, 2022  
2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Sport Management [SPMG]

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The degree in sport management is focused on the business and governance of sport as it applies to sport organizations in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. The B.A. and B.S. degrees in Sport Management are designed to allow for validation with the appropriate academic accrediting body in North America, the Commission on Sport Management (COSMA), a joint commission created by the North American Society for Sport Management, and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. More information about sport management can be found on the Web at www.cortland.edu/spmg/.

Admission Requirements

  1. Acceptance to the major is highly competitive and is dependent on space available and the candidate’s academic record, behavioral and professional background. Admission to the major is limited and application does not guarantee admission.
  2. Students wishing to major in sport management must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 to be considered. Meeting this minimum standard does not guarantee admission into the program, since the admission process is competitive.
  3. Students wishing to become majors by internally transferring from another major must submit a portfolio that includes:
    a) a change of major form
    b) a copy of their academic record
    c) a personal resume
    d) a personal statement explaining their interest in the major relative to their future academic and professional career interests.
  4. All student portfolios will be reviewed by a committee comprised of the sport management faculty prior to any final decision on acceptance is made.
  5. Students may be required to complete an additional interview with department faculty.
  6. Students will be notified in writing of their acceptance, their conditional acceptance or their rejection. Students who are not accepted may reapply.
  7. A declaration of interest to major does not guarantee acceptance for a student.
  8. Applications are reviewed in October and March prior to course registration for the upcoming semester.

Requirements for Sport Management Majors Seeking a Bachelor of Arts

A student can earn a B.A. by fulfilling the same professional requirements along with the addition of a foreign language (0-12 credit hours) for a total of 90 liberal arts credit hours.

Career Potential

  • Sports marketing director
  • Director of media relations
  • Event/venue manager – Olympic Games
  • Regional sales manager – sport product company

A. General Education and Liberal Arts: 37 credit hours

E. Required LAS Courses: 12 credit hours

F. Other Required Management and Economics Foundation: 15 credit hours

G. Required Sport Humanities Electives: Three credit hours

H. Free Electives: 12-17 credit hours

Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124

Example of the bachelor’s degree in Sport Management over four years

Second Year Total credit hours: 32

  • General Education (10 cr. hr.)

Third Year Total credit hours: 31

  • Sport Humanities area elective
  • SPM elective
  • General Education (9 cr. hr.)
  • Electives (6 cr. hr.)

Fourth Year Total credit hours: 28

  • Any 300 or 400 level course with an ECO or MGT prefix
  • SPM elective
  • Free electives (5-11 cr. hr.)

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