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 also are constantly challenged to engage in discussion of contemporary issues requiring ethical and socially responsible action.
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. For more information, contact the Sport Management Department.
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.
This minor is designed to be flexible enough to allow students majoring in other disciplines (e.g., economics, communications, pre-law, political science, exercise science, sport studies, coaching and recreation) to be able to reasonably combine this minor together with their major. The following are the requirements for a minor in sport management which total 19 credit hours.