The prime focus of the Cortland Sport Management Department is to combine the basic principles of a business management curriculum with the unique demands of sport as an enterprise. We offer a B.A. or B.S. in sport management at the undergraduate level and three different graduate programs that lead to master's degrees.
Our curriculum is a management and communications-based program of study specifically oriented to meet the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) national accreditation guidelines for undergraduate sport management programs. This curriculum is further designed to offer appropriate depth and breadth through additional sport management elective courses. You will have the opportunity to establish an area of focus or concentration through an interdisciplinary approach to course planning. Many students also have the opportunity and flexibility to choose a minor in business economics, communications, multicultural studies, or information technology.
Our interdisciplinary curriculum — experiential in design and practice — prepares students through course work, fieldwork, and internships to be successful professionals in a wide range of career choices within the field. Our program is exemplary in its focus on future trends such as information technology in sport, sport entrepreneurship and international sport. Students are also constantly challenged to engage in discussion of contemporary issues requiring ethical and socially responsible action.
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International Sport Management [ISPM] M.S. (Graduate)
You’re already excited about everything to do with sports. Now you’re ready to step up your game on a global scale — so it just makes sense to pursue an M.S. in international sport management at SUNY Cortland. In this 30-credit-hour program, you will balance theory and practice as you gain a solid understanding of the international sport management environment.
You will complete 24 credit hours on the SUNY Cortland campus and have opportunities to fulfill the remaining credit hours in an international location such as Canada, England, Germany or Australia. Our exceptional faculty, who share their wealth of professional, industry-based experiences in the classroom, will help you consider sport management from a strategic leadership perspective.
Choose internship opportunities that reflect your interests in fields such as collegiate sport, professional sport (major and minor league), national sport committees, international sport governing bodies, full-service sport marketing agencies and event management firms. Begin your program with a strong research focus for access to outstanding scholars through our many international academic partnerships.
Your degree from SUNY Cortland helps you move into a range of careers in internationally focused organizational environments that demand diverse intercultural skills, such as sport marketing, media and communications, event and facility management, sport law and labor relations, security and risk management, information technology in sport enterprises, sport economics and finance, sport production and supply chain management or sport governance and leadership.
At SUNY Cortland, you can take advantage of our Sport Media and Technology Learning Center and national training centers for sport-specific information technology companies, including Dartfish. You’ll appreciate the lively interaction with your peers as you work together to explore ideas and activities.
At the State University of New York College at Cortland we seek a diverse and academically strong student body. Our admission policy and practice will not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or marital status.
U.S. residents and international students
- Completed Online Graduate Application - Apply Now
- Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended to be forwarded directly to the SUNY Cortland Graduate Admissions Office.
- Either the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores to be sent to SUNY Cortland by Educational Testing Service (ETS). A waiver for the test requirement may be given to students that have a 3.3 or better overall GPA or can document 5 years of industry experience in a related field.
- A 250-500 word essay or a portfolio of professional practice or a personal statement of your professional and educational goals.
- A minimum of two letters of recommendation, including at least one academic and one professional letter.
- A resume, submitted online with application
- Additional supplemental materials may be requested as determined by the department such as an interview
Additional International Student Required Materials
If you are a foreign national, you are strongly encouraged to apply for this degree program in International Sport Management. Personal interviews, though strongly recommended, can be substituted with a telephone interview as an alternative. In addition to admission and program requirements pertaining to graduate study listed in this catalog, you also will need to complete the following requirements to be considered for admission:
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) will be required if English is not your first language and not common as an official language of your nation of status/citizenship.
- Official college transcripts with professional translation of all documents into English along with the original documents.
- Financial support statement
- A minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.8 or its equivalent is preferred. If you have an undergraduate grade point average below 2.8 your application will be reviewed for admission on a case-by-case basis, taking into consideration standardized test scores, your personal statement, letters of recommendation and any previous industry experience.
- Please be aware that, upon acceptance into this program, there will be some additional costs and fees associated with the program over and above standard tuition, academic fees and living costs charged to all students.
Additional International Student Admission Criteria
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam report with a minimum score of 550 (paper version) or 213 (computerized version), and 79 Internet equivalent on the U.S. scale. If you are at or slightly above these minimum scores, you may be asked to provide additional evidence of English proficiency. If you are interested in pursuing a dual degree program, you will be expected to meet the English proficiency standards of both institutions.
- Applications will be reviewed for admission based on academic accomplishments and the level of proficiency in the English language. Immigration form I–20, which is used to secure an F-1 visa, will be issued once all required information has been received and you have been accepted to SUNY Cortland.
Fall semester applications: Preferred submission - April 1, Final submissions - July 1
Spring semester applications: Preferred submissions - Sept. 1, Final submission - Dec. 1
Deadlines for International Students
Fall semester applications: April 1
Spring semester applications: Sept. 1
Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered on a space availability basis.
Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 607-753-4800 to check availability.