2021-2022 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Oct 01, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sport Management, BS

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Gina Pauline, Undergraduate Program Director

402 MacNaughton Hall


The 124-credit hour B.S. in 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, economics, technology, sponsorship, market research, societal influences and impacts, event planning and law. The 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.

Intra University Transfer

Syracuse University students interested in an intra-University transfer into the Sport Management undergraduate program must meet the intra-University transfer requirements. To be considered eligible to transfer, students must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.5 and have completed at least 24 credits at Syracuse University (two academic semesters). Students also must have completed SPM 205 or be enrolled in it when applying. Students must have a minimum of five semesters remaining at Syracuse University.
Should a student meet the above criteria, they are expected to submit an application for SPM intra-university transfer; submit a current resume, and a three-page type written essay explaining the following: area of interest in sport management, desired career track; prior sport industry experience; sport related volunteer/community service, and 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 Department of Sport Management website.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will gain not only a solid background in sport marketing, sport management, sport law and sport finance but also in professional electives and the liberal arts providing students with the tools to pursue career and graduate study in sport. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

1. Explain, discuss, and analyze core areas of sport management.

2. Analyze data from the sport industry and prepare recommendations for business decisions within sport organizations.

3. Demonstrate the ability to use sport management concepts in writing and orally. 

4. Classify technology appropriate for use in the sport industry.

5. Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary for careers in the sport industry. 

6. Integrate the knowledge and skills learned in the core content areas to professional settings.

Program Requirements

Natural Science (7 credits)

  • Natural Science (must include a lab) (4 credits)
  • Natural Science elective (3 credits)

Humanities Division (6 credits)

Social Science Division (12 credits)

Additional Liberal Arts Courses (9 credits)

University Requirement

In addition to FYS 101, the BS in Sport Management requires completion of an IDEA course (chosen from a select list) - The IDEA course may count as a liberal arts, departmental course, or elective depending on the course chosen. Please see the undergraduate course catalog for a full listing of IDEA courses .

Sport Management Degree Requirements

Students must also complete one of the following as part of the Sport Management degree requirements:

  • Program Electives (15 credits) or,
  • Minor (18 credits) or,
  • Area of Specialization (15-18 credits)


*To reach 124-degree applicable credits

Total Credits: 124

SU Abroad

Students can study abroad through the Syracuse Abroad program. Currently, sport management offers courses in London, Spain and Trinidad that serve as sport management program electives.


*Students must work closely with their academic advisor in choosing elective courses to make sure that they meet the minimum requirement of 62 Liberal Arts credits for the degree. No more than four credits may be in physical education and no more than six experience credits accepted towards degree.

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