Academic Programs

bannersspm-a-falkThe Department of Sport Management offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Sport Management, a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Sport Analytics (beginning in Fall 2017), a Master of Science (M.S.) in Sport Venue & Event Management as well as four minors: Sport Management minor, Sport Analytics minor, Sport Venue and Event Management minor; and Sport Revenue Management and Operations minor. In conjunction with the School of Education, Sport Management also offers a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Intercollegiate Athletic Advising & Support. Students learn from courses in areas including sport business, sales, sport psychology, research methods, sport economics, technology in sport, data analysis, management, finance, marketing, law, promotion, communications, event planning and facility management. The Department of Sport Management accepts applications for students interested in an Intra-University Transfer.

Sport Management, BS

The 124-credit hour B.S. in Sport Management incorporates studies in arts and sciences with professional electives and liberal arts requirements, providing students with the tools to pursue careers and graduate study in sport. Department specific coursework includes marketing, management, communications, finance, and law. The degree allows students to pursue a concentration or minor to tailor their studies according to their professional interests.

Sport Management majors are involved in unique programs through their academic coursework and innovative research projects led by our faculty, including:

  • ‘Cuse Crew, which allows students to become general managers of SU Olympic sports teams;
  • Sabermetrics Club, which studies advanced baseball statistics and competes in national competitions;
  • SPM Club, which is the largest student-run organization on campus, with special events including the annual Charity Sports Auction to benefit local charities;
  • SPM Sales Club, which partners with SU Athletics to sell tickets to SU games;
  • Syracuse University Athletics with on-campus internships in athletic communications, marketing, special events, team sport managers, development and facilities management.
  • Women in Sports and Events (WISE), a national organization focusing on leadership, special events and networking skills. Syracuse University is honored to be the inaugural collegiate chapter of WISE.

Learn more about Sport Management student organizations here: https://falk.syr.edu/sport-management/student-organizations/

Current Syracuse University students (including David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics students) interested in an Intra-University Transfer into Sport Management should review the transfer criteria and complete an SPM IUT application form.

Sport Analytics, BS

The 125-credit hour Bachelor of Science in Sport Analytics incorporates studies in arts and sciences with professional electives and liberal arts requirements, providing students with the tools to pursue careers in sport analytics.

With growing numbers of sport organizations embracing data analytics’ powerful role in understanding and prioritizing information to maintain a competitive advantage, there is increasing demand for sport analytics professionals to guide data-driven decision making. Syracuse University’s Falk College today announced a new Bachelor of Science (BS) in Sport Analytics—the first undergraduate program of its kind in the country established within a professional sport management program—to provide students with a deep understanding of math, statistics, research methodology, sport economics, database management, finance, and computer programming integral to sport analytics.

In the spring of 2017, a Sport Management Department independent study group researched and conducted interviews on the impact that advanced analytics are having on how fans experience major league baseball and other sports. They asked experts including Bill James, the father of baseball sabermetrics, John Thorn, the official historian of Major League Baseball, broadcasters Brian Kenny and Jessica Mendoza, baseball general managers, sport business analysts and young fans about:

  • How the increase in analytical information affects fans’ understanding and enjoyment of the game
  • The impact of analytics on fan demographics
  • The use of big data analysis to study fan behavior, loyalty and purchasing patterns
  • What the future holds for the still very young discipline of sport analytics.

The product of their work, led by Emmy-Award winning Falk College professor of practice Dennis Deninger, is this film, “Analytics: Changing the Fan Experience.”

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Sport Venue and Event Management, MS

Hundreds of broad-based sport management master’s degree programs exist that provide students with an overview of content across a number of topic areas. The problem with such a model is that students in these graduate programs may not get the focused specialization in any one area they need to successfully launch their sport industry careers. Syracuse University’s Master of Science degree in Sport Venue and Event Management (SVEM) was designed uniquely to provide students with a specific knowledge and skill base in managing and operating sport and entertainment facilities and events. If you have a career interest in this area, here is why the SVEM program may be the perfect platform to launch your career in sports venues and events.

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Intercollegiate Athletic Advising and Support, CAS

The Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Intercollegiate Athletic Advising and Support is a joint 15-credit hour certificate program offered by Syracuse University’s Falk College and School of Education. It is designed for current and future higher education professionals (e.g., advisors, higher education/student affairs administrators, and coaches) who wish to understand the research, practice, and policy perspectives associated with intercollegiate sport and student-athlete development in the context of higher education. The program includes coursework in the following focus areas: how colleges and intercollegiate athletics work, theoretical perspectives of college student development and learning, the impact of race, gender, and class on college student-athlete access and success, and foundations of advising student-athletes.

Designed to prepare professionals who work with large numbers of student-athletes in higher education or specifically in the advising and support units within college athletics, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the developmental, psychosocial, and emotional perspectives and needs of intercollegiate student-athletes and apply their understanding of the complex issues and roles of intercollegiate sport in their future work as professionals in higher education. With the high visibility of intercollegiate athletics and questions around the academic preparation, progress and success of student-athletes, there is a clear need for graduate study and professional knowledge around policy, research and best practice in higher education and in intercollegiate sport, specifically in the area of athletic advising and support services.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information visit the Syracuse University Gainful Employment Disclosure page.

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Sport Management Minor

lake-placid-6The 18-credit minor in Sport Management is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career path in the sport industry along with their chosen major. Students selecting this minor in sport management should have an interest in learning about the business, communications, marketing, event planning, economic, global, and legal aspects of the sport industry. Dr. Jeffrey Pauline serves as the minor coordinator and can answer questions relating to the minor. Email Dr. Pauline at jspaulin@syr.edu or call 315-443-2630.

Applicants are admitted on a space-available basis. To be eligible, students must have:

  1. a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or above;
  2. completed a minimum of 30 credits at Syracuse University in courses graded A-F;
  3. submit a minor application;
  4. declare a minor no later than the first semester of junior year.

Deadlines for applying for the minor are November 1 for spring admission and April 1 for fall admission.

Visit this link for the Minor Application: http://www.syr.edu/registrar/forms/Declaration_of_Minor.pdf

More information about the SPM minor: SPM-Minor-Information


Sport Analytics Minor

The 18-credit minor provides students with the tools to pursue careers in sport analytics. With growing numbers of sport organizations embracing data analytics’ role in understanding and prioritizing information to maintain a competitive advantage, there is increasing demand for sport analytics professionals to guide data-driven decision making.


Sport Event Management Minor

lake-placid-1The 18-credit minor provides students with the tools to pursue careers in sport venue and event management. Understanding that the sports industry seeks employees with a specialized skill set, this minor is designed to provide a set of courses focused on the management and operations of facilities and events in the realm of sports and entertainment. Students will study stadium/arena management, events production and programming, and venue food, beverage, and hospitality.


Sport Revenue Management and Operations Minor

The 18-credit minor in Sport Revenue Management and Operations is designed for students who are interested in pursuing a career in the sport industry with a specific focus on the key revenue generating functions of sport organizations. In order for sport organizations to be successful they must continuously create and sustain revenue-generating opportunities. Students in this minor will study sport marketing, sponsorship, ticket sales, promotions, brand management, and game-day operations with the goal of understanding how all of these areas contribute to the marketing and business success of a sport organization.