This program is designed for students interested in working in international sport, either outside of the United States or with international sport organizations within in the United States, and who are interested in taking classes on campus in a traditional classroom setting.
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 12-24 class credit hours on the SUNY Cortland campus and have opportunities to fulfill the remaining class credit hours in an international study abroad location such as Germany or Australia. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to pursue international internship opportunities.
Below is an example of the courses you would take if you were to begin the program in the fall semester. However, the International Sport Management Program can be started in either the fall or spring semesters. For more information on all courses offered in the program, see the College Catalog.
Summer Session or following Fall Semester
Students in our International Sport Management program have previously interned with the following sport organizations: the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games, IMG Licensing in Cologne, Perth Heat Baseball in Australia, the United States Olympic Committee, USA Rugby, NBC Sports, and the International Tennis Federation, among many others.
Graduates of the International Sport Management program work in a diverse array of sport organizations throughout the world, including: the International Paralympic Committee, USA Judo, Octagon Inc., Athletic Ireland, and Taiwan Triathlon, among others. Additionally, several of our graduates have gone on to Ph.D. programs at schools such as Florida State University and the University of Louisville.
What are the GPA requirements?
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.
Do I have to take the GRE or GMAT?
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. If you meet neither of these waiver criteria, then you must take either the GRE or the GMAT. The Sport Management Graduate Program does not have a pre-set minimum test score, but does take the score into consideration in its evaluation of the application in its totality.
What other materials are required?
I am an International Student. What other admission criteria do I need to meet?
How do I apply?
Applications are submitted electronically. You can click on the Apply Now tab on the main Sport Management graduate program page or go to the Graduate Admissions website.
What are the application deadlines?
The preferred application deadlines are:
Due to the need for visas and additional paperwork, international students have an earlier application deadline. Applications may be considered after the deadline depending on program space.
What are my residential/housing options?
Cortland has a wide variety of off-campus, rental housing for students, generally rented on a semester basis. Additionally, there is on campus student housing also available for graduate students.
What is tuition at SUNY Cortland?
Tuition at SUNY Cortland is adjusted annually.
Are there any scholarships available?
Are there graduate assistantships available?
Yes. There are a limited number of graduate assistantships. The Sport Management Department has two graduate assistantships offered on an annual basis and beginning in the fall. Other departments throughout the campus also have graduate assistantship opportunities that Sport Management graduate students have held, including athletic teams and facilities, the Athletic Department, and Recreational Sports.
Can I get financial aid?
Yes. If you are eligible for federal financial aid, it is available for graduate school at SUNY Cortland. You must be enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits a semester to qualify for federal financial aid.
How many students are in the program?
There are between 75 and 100 graduate students across all the programs at any one time. Approximately 15-20 are in the ISPM program specifically.
How long does it take to earn my degree and is there a time limit to finish?
The ISPM program is designed to be completed in one calendar year (3 semesters), but can be completed over two years if the student prefers taking courses part time.
All students have a 5 year time limit beginning with their first semester of enrollment to complete their degree.
In which semesters may I start the International Sport Management program?
You may start in either the Fall or Spring semester.
Are courses offered in the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters?
Courses for the International Sport Management program are only offered in the Fall and Spring semesters. However, internships may be done in either semester or summer.
What is the average class size?
Class size varies, but on campus courses are capped at 25 and online courses at 20. This allows for a low student to instructor ratio.
Do I take all of the classes at SUNY Cortland or can I study abroad?
You can do either. All of the courses can be taken in residence at SUNY Cortland or students can study abroad for a semester. Students interested in studying abroad can learn more about those opportunities here. (link to Int'l Programs)
I have courses from another Master’s program. Can I transfer those to SUNY Cortland?
Yes. You can transfer in courses from a graduate program from another accredited college or university. You must have received a B or better in any course transferred in and you may transfer a maximum of 6 credits (2 courses).
Do I select my advisor or is one assigned?
Upon admission to the graduate program, all students are assigned an advisor from among the graduate faculty in the Sport Management Department. You will received notification of your advisor on your acceptance letter.
How will I know what courses to take?
All students must take the core courses for their selected program. Once you are admitted to the program you will discuss the specific courses you will take and in which semester with your advisor.
Are there minors and/or concentrations available?
No, there are no minors or concentrations in the graduate program. Electives allow students to focus coursework on areas of specific interest to them.
Can the International Sport Management program be completed online?
No. At this time the International Sport Management Program is only offered as an on campus program.
Who should I contact with additional questions I may have?
You may contact the Sport Management Department’s Coordinator of International Studies, Justin Lovich. His telephone number is 607-753-4553 and email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Does SUNY Cortland place graduate students in internships?
No, we do not place students in internships. However, we will assist you by providing guidance and suggestions about organizations with which to intern, as well as with editing your resume and cover letters.
If I am offered a job immediately after my course work is complete, do I still have to do the internship?
Yes and no. You still need to complete the internship credits, but you may use a NEW job as your internship. You CANNOT use an existing job for your internship.
In the event you already have a job, you can do a Masters Project in lieu of an internship. The content of the Masters Project will be determined by you and your advisor.
Where can I do my internship?
You can do your internship anywhere in the world that you would like, as long as it is related to sport. Internships must be approved by your advisor.