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Chair:
David Miller (Interim)
Professional Studies Building, Room 1114
Phone: 607-753-4251
Fax: 607-753-5795

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Program Details

Sport Management [SPMG] M.S. (Graduate)

Overview

Challenge your competitive spirit and love of sport to succeed in the fast-paced and complex world of business by choosing to study for the M.S. in sport management at SUNY Cortland.

Program Highlights

Select from several options to pursue this 30-credit-hour degree, including full-time study or a part-time alternative. Both options include extensive fieldwork that provides actual sport management industry experience in specialties such as collegiate sport, professional sport (major and minor league), national sport committees, North American sport governing bodies, full-service sport marketing agencies and event management firms.

Of course, you’ll savor your encounters with our outstanding faculty who share their extensive professional, industry-based experiences in your classroom settings while helping you consider the strategic leadership aspects of sport management.

Career Potential

When you successfully complete the program, you’re well prepared for a career with national sport organizations, multinational corporations and businesses in areas 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.

Graduate Admissions

Evaluation Policy

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.

Required Materials

U.S. residents and international students

  1. Completed online Graduate School Application – Apply Now
  2. Official transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended to be forwarded directly to SUNY Cortland Graduate Admissions Office
  3. 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 who have a 3.3 or better overall GPA or can document five years of industry experience in a related field
  4. A 250-500 word essay or a portfolio of professional practice or a personal statement of your professional and educational goals
  5. A minimum of two letters of recommendation, including at least one academic and one professional letter
  6. A resume, submitted online with the application
  7. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. Official college transcripts with professional translation of all documents into English along with the original documents.
  3. Financial support statement

Admissions Criteria

  1. A minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.8 on a scale of 4.0 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.
  2. Please be aware that, upon acceptance into this program, there will be some additional costs and fees asociated with the program over and above standard tuition, academic fees and living costs charged to all students.

Additional International Student Admission Criteria

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Deadlines

Fall semester applications: July 1
Spring semester applications: Dec. 1
Summer semester applications: April 1 (hybrid program only)

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.

Program Requirements

The Master of Science in Sport Management may be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. It is a 30 credit-hour program, requiring a core of six specific courses, two elective courses and a six-credit-hour culminating experience offered on campus in the Sport Management Department. Each course in the curriculum is offered in the classroom on campus and online.

A. Required Core Courses: 18 credit hours
  • SPM 610 - Sport Enterprise (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPM 650 - Research Methods in Sport Management (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPM 666 - Business and Finance of Sport (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPM 660 - Sport Marketing (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPM 670 - Sport Law (3 cr. hr.) or
  • SPM 675 - International Sport Law (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPM 680 - Policy and Strategic Management in Sport Organizations (3 cr. hr.)
B. Elective Courses: 6 credit hours
  • SPM 529 - Special Topics in Sport Management (1-4 cr. hr.)
  • SPM 536 - Digital Video Analysis (1 cr. hr.)
  • SPM 537 - Advanced Digital Video Analysis (1 cr. hr.)
  • SPM 538 - Applied Digital Video Analysis (1 cr. hr.)
  • SPM 615 - Sport, Culture and Society (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPM 625 - International Sport History and Governance (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPM 630 - Sport Media Management (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPM 635 - Information Technology in Sport (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPM 640 - International Sport Enterprise (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPM 647 - Intercollegiate Athletics Management (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPM 655 - Sport Event and Facility Management (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPM 665 - Applied Sport Marketing Research ( 3 cr. hr.)
  • SPM 675 - International Sport Law (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPM 678 - Sport Arbitration (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPM 682 - Independent Study in Sport Management (3 cr. hr.)
C. Required Culminating Experience: 6 credit hours
  • SPM 685 - Internship/Master’s Project (6 cr. hr.) or
  • SPM 686 - Thesis in Sport Management (6 cr. hr.)
    Prerequisite: SPM 650 - Research Methods in Sport Management (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPM 697 - Extension of Graduate Culminating Activity (1 cr. hr.)
    Students who do not successfully complete SPM 685 or SPM 686 must register for SPM 697
Total Credit Hours Required: 30
Example of the recommended course sequence for the full-time M.S. in Sport Management

First Year

Fall (Semester I) - Total credit hours: 9-12
  • SPM 610 - Sport Enterprise (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPM 650 - Research Methods in Sport Management (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPM 660 - Sport Marketing (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPM elective (3 cr. hr.)
Spring (Semester II) - Total credit hours: 9-12
  • SPM 670 - Sport Law (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPM 680 - Policy and Strategic Management in Sport Organizations (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPM 666 - Business and Finance of Sport (3 cr. hr.)
  • SPM elective (3 cr. hr.)
Summer - Total credit hours: 0-6

Second Year

Semesters III and IV - Total credit hours: 6

Culminating Activity:

  • SPM 685 - Internship/Master’s Project (6 cr. hr.) or
  • SPM 686 - Thesis in Sport Management (6 cr. hr.)
  • SPM 697 - Extension of Graduate Culminating Activity (1 cr. hr.)
  • Students who do not successfully complete SPM 685 or SPM 686 must register for SPM 697.
Example of the recommended course sequence for the part-time M.S. in Sport Management

First Year

Summer (Semester I) - Total credit hours: 3-6
  • SPM 610 - Sport Enterprise (3 cr. hr.) (online, summer only)
  • SPM elective (3 cr. hr.)
Fall (Semester II) - Total credit hours: 3-6
  • SPM 660 - Sport Marketing (3 cr. hr.) (online, fall only)
  • SPM elective (3 cr. hr.)
Spring (Semester III) - Total credit hours: 3-6
  • SPM 666 - Business and Finance of Sport (3 cr. hr.) (online, spring only)
  • SPM 650 - Research Methods in Sport Management (3 cr. hr.) (online, spring only) or
  • SPM elective (3 cr. hr.) (online, spring only)
Second Year
Summer (Semester IV) - Total credit hours: 3-6

Weekend residency is required.

  • SPM 670 - Sport Law (3 cr. hr.) (online, summer only)
  • SPM 680 - Policy and Strategic Management in Sport Organizations (3 cr. hr.) (online, spring or summer only) or
  • SPM elective (3 cr. hr.)
Fall (Semester V) - Total credit hours: 3-6
  • SPM 685 - Internship/Master’s Project (6 cr. hr.) (requires a minimum of 18 credit hours earned)
  • or SPM electives
Spring (Semester VI) - Total credit hours: 3-6
  • SPM 685 - Internship/Master’s Project (6 cr. hr.) (requires a minimum of 18 credit hours earned)