Sport Management

Major Adviser: Ellen J. Staurowsky, Chair of Graduate Program and Professor of Sport Management,

The Department of Sport Management and Media prepares graduate students for a variety of positions in the sports industry. Our goal is to create a collaborative and nurturing learning environment for analyzing and resolving the challenges in the business and culture of sports. With this as a foundation, students will enter the industry with exceptional knowledge, exceptional preparation, a strong alumni network, and the confidence to assume leadership positions.

With its thesis and internship options, the master of science degree program in sport management allows students to match their learning experiences to individual academic strengths and career plans. A small student body and knowledgeable, interested faculty enhance program individualization, as does the opportunity to pursue independent study and professional internships.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the sport management program is granted on the basis of cumulative undergraduate grade point average, Graduate Record Examination scores or Graduate Management Admission Test scores, a personal career statement, and recommendations. General admission to the degree program is granted to applicants who have a good scholastic record (a 3.00 on the 4.00 system) and have received a four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited college.

Applications are reviewed on an individual basis, taking into account such factors as previous academic achievements, successful professional experience, and special personal circumstances. Applicants who have questions regarding their eligibility for admission are encouraged to contact Ellen J. Staurowsky, chair of the graduate program, at 607-274-1730 or

All students seeking an M.S. degree in sport management should have either taken or have competency in the following preparatory undergraduate course: Principles of Microeconomics or equivalent. The course can be taken while at Ithaca College or at other institutions. To verify the equivalency of courses taken elsewhere, contact the chair of the program.

Admission deadlines: Application files and graduate assistantship materials will be considered on an ongoing basis with preference given to complete files received by March 1.

Provisional Students (non-matriculated)

Students who have not met the requirements and standards for matriculation in the program may be admitted provisionally. These include students who have been accepted pending satisfactory completion of specific preparatory undergraduate courses as well as those with a lower-than-acceptable cumulative GPA. These students may enroll provisionally until they have completed, with a grade of B or better, the number of graduate credits stipulated by the chair of the program.

A maximum of 12 credits earned as a provisional student may be credited toward a graduate degree.

Tuition Expenses

Tuition has been set for the sport management program at $603 per credit for academic year 2008-9.