2014-2015 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Sep 27, 2021  
2014-2015 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sport Management

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Michael D. Veley, Director and Chair, 315-443-2630
810 Nottingham Road

Faculty: Rick Burton, Dennis Deninger, Mary Graham, Chad McEvoy, Rodney Paul, Gina Pauline, Jeff Pauline, Patrick T. Ryan, Michael D. Veley, Patrick T. Walsh, John Wolohan

Internship Coordinators: Jenna La Manna-Johnson, Jaime Grillo


Gina Pauline, Director Undergraduate Program, 315-443-2630

The academically rigorous Sport Management curriculum combines department-specific courses with professional electives and liberal arts requirements, providing students with the tools to pursue a career in sport management or graduate study. Coursework covers such areas as business, marketing, management, communications, societal influences and impacts, event planning, and law. The 124-credit program allows students to pursue specializations or minors and tailor their studies according to their professional interests. The required 12-credit capstone provides students with valuable industry experience.

Sport Management Intra-University Transfer Information

In order to complete an intra-university transfer in to the Department of Sport Management, a student must meet the following criteria:

  1. a minimum overall GPA of 3.5;
  2. complete the SPM degree requirements within a four-year plan of study, students must have a minimum of five remaining semesters of study;
  3. complete a minimum of 24 credit hours at Syracuse University;
  4. have completed SPM 205, or be enrolled in the course when applying;
  5. complete and submit an SPM intra-university transfer application
  6. submit a current resume
  7. submit a two-to-three page type-written essay explaining:
    1. their academic interest in sport management;
    2. desired career track (i.e. marketing, legal studies, communications, business management, etc);
    3. prior sport industry experience;
    4. sport-related volunteer and/or community service work;
    5. internship experience

A personal interview with the SPM transfer committee may be arranged by the department after the IUT application deadline. Students who meet the criteria listed above will only be accepted into the Sport Management program on a space available basis, based on current program enrollment.

Deadlines for applying for an Intra-University Transfer are November 1st for spring admission and March 1st for fall admission.

The application is available on the SPM website.


Chad McEvoy, Graduate Program Director, 315-443-2630

The Master of Science in Sport Venue and Event Management is a 36-credit hour graduate program designed to provide students with the educational knowledge, skill development and experiential sport industry background to excel in the specialized field of managing multi-purpose sport and entertainment venues and associated event planning opportunities. Instruction centers around core curriculum content areas, including: sport finance, accounting and budgeting; sport event and hospitality management; organizational theory; sport law and legal operations management; technology and information delivery systems; facilities and venue management; communications; and event planning operations and management. The goal is to prepare graduates to think conceptually and analytically and be able to apply principles to a real-world scenario.

The program includes faculty from the Department of Sport Management, School of Information Studies, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, and the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. The program housed in the Department of Sport Management in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics is an interdisciplinary, collaborative initiative unique among graduate level sport management programs.

The degree prepares students for careers in managerial aspects of professional and recreational sports, including stadium and arena facilities management; event management and planning production and programming of events; marketing and public relations; technological operations management; and middle-level management, marketing and planning in the sport industry.


The admissions requirements for this program include:

  • undergraduate degree with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • TOEFL scores (for international applications)
  • undergraduate transcripts
  • three letters of recommendation
  • a resume and personal statement
  • GRE scores are required
  • video interview

Financial Aid

A limited number of Syracuse University scholarships and fellowships are available based on need and merit. All financial aid decisions are made independent of and subsequent to decisions on admission.

Graduate Courses in Sport Venue and Event Management:

  • SPM 614-Foundations of Sport Venue and Event Management
  • SPM 624-Sport Facilities Management
  • SPM 634-Sport Event and Hospitality Management
  • SPM 635-Marketing of Sport Venues and Events
  • SPM 645-The Strategic Management of People in Sport
  • SPM 664-Financial Management of Sport Facilities & Events
  • SPM 665-Advanced Sport Event Management
  • SPM 670-Experience Credit

Master’s students will select electives from the iSchool, Newhouse School and the Whitman School spanning numerous topics including (but not limited to) digital advertising, media law, new media business, operations management, social media in the enterprise, marketing, and supply chain management.

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