Academic Catalog 2022-2023

Slippery Rock University

Sport Management, Bachelor of Science (BS)

The sport management degree program at Slippery Rock University has received specialized accreditation through the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) located in Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. In 2010, the Department of Sport Management was the first program in the US to  be accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA), and in 2017 was the first program to be re-accredited.

Program Learning Outcomes

The Sport Management faculty has established five program outcomes for the undergraduate program that are implemented on a daily basis inside and outside the classroom.  These program outcomes are an extension of the mission statement and connect to the university's outcomes. In order to achieve our mission, these outcomes are assessed using a variety of direct and indirect performance indicators. 

  • Communication: Communicate effectively in speech and in writing, using appropriate information sources, presentation formats, and technologies.
  • Diversity, Ethical, Legal and Financial Practices: Integrate diverse, ethical, legal and financial principles and understand their impact on decision making in sport managerial situations.
  • Technological and Global Interdependence: Demonstrate proficiency in use of current technologies and exhibit understanding of the global sport industry.
  • Professional Proficiency and Development: Apply knowledge and skills to meet professional competencies within sport industry.
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Demonstrate ability to identify, analyze, synthesize and evaluate information and ideas through professional performance in simulated sport industry environments such as an internship, practicum or volunteer experience.

Related Links

Sport Management, BS Program Page

Sport Management Department Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page

Curriculum Guide

GPA Requirement

Major GPA: 2.0 or higher
Overall GPA: 2.0 or higher


Rock Studies 2 Requirements42
Other Basic Requirements0-3
Computer Competency0-3
Major Requirements58

* All undergraduate degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits.  Some courses meet multiple requirements, but are only counted once toward the 120 credit total required to graduate.

Rock Studies 2 Requirements

The Rock
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 13
ENGL 102Critical Writing3
ENGL 104Critical Reading3
MATH 117Quantitative Reasoning3
Select one of the following:3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice
Ethics and Civil Discourse
Civil Discourse and Democracy
Integrated Inquiry
Creative and Aesthetic Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Humanities Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Social Science Inquiry
Select 3 Credits3
Natural Sciences Inquiry
SCI 101Science of Life3
Physical Sciences Inquiry
SCI 102Understanding the Physical World3
Thematic Thread
Select 12 Credits 212
Total Hours42

Basic Math Requirement

Check with your adviser or a current degree audit report to see if you have been exempted from this course. The credit earned in this course will not be counted toward the 120 credit hour minimum needed to earn a degree.

Complete one of the following:0-3
Meet required minimum SAT or ACT math score OR
Beginning Algebra
Total Hours0-3

Computer Competency

Demonstrate "computer competency" by one of the following:0-3
Pass Computer Competency Exam OR
Select one of the following at SRU or another post-secondary institution:
Introduction to Computing for Liberal Arts
Computer Concepts
Introduction to Computing and Programming
Technology for Wellness
Total Hours0-3


Students must take and pass a course with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) designation prior to graduation.  Students can meet this requirement by taking any DEI - designated course in any program at any time during their undergraduate career. 

Major Requirements 

  • 29 major credits must be taken at SRU or PASSHE
  • 29 major credits must be taken at the 300 level or above
Required Practical Application Courses
SPMT 150Sport Management Practicum (Freshman) 11
SPMT 150Sport Management Practicum (Sophomore) 11
SPMT 150Sport Management Practicum (Junior) 11
SPMT 150Sport Management Practicum (Senior) 11
Sport Management
SPMT 194Introduction to Sport Management (Freshman) 13
SPMT 196Global Sport Management (Freshman) 13
SPMT 269American Sport in the 21st Century (Sophomore) 13
SPMT 286Sport Communication and Technology (Sophomore) 13
SPMT 294Sport Management and Ethics (Sophomore) 13
SPMT 315Diversity Issues in Sport Management (Junior) 13
SPMT 369Sport Budgeting and Finance (Junior/Senior) 13
SPMT 386Leadership in Athletic Administration and Sport Management 13
SPMT 394Sport Marketing (Junior) 13
SPMT 396Selling in the Sport Industry (Junior) 13
SPMT 406Sport Fundraising and Event Management (Senior) 13
SPMT 450Sport Management Internship (last semester) 112
SPMT 486Sport Law and Facilities (Senior) 13
SPMT 494Sport Management Senior Seminar (Senior) 13
SPMT 499Sport Management Research Methods (Senior) 13
Total Hours58

Recommended Electives (20 credits)

Select 20 credits of 300 level or above classes
The Department of SPMT recommends courses to be taken from Accounting, Communication, Economics, Finance, Management or Marketing or:
Any 300 level or above courses that lead to the Minor in Leadership
Any 300 level or above courses that lead to the Minor in Physical Education/Coaching
Any 300 level or above courses that lead to the Minor in a Foreign Language
This will help you complete a minor if you are interested. See your MyRockAudit for details.

Additional Requirements

Required Volunteer Hours
Volunteer Hours - 120 hours minimum
Required to pass the Senior Comprehensive Exam prior to Internship
Required First Aid & CPR Certification
Students must become certified in both First Aid & CPR. This can be accomplished by:
Take a course (Red Cross or YMCA)
First Aid and Safety

Co-curricular and Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to explore additional curricular and co-curricular opportunities. These opportunities can deepen and enhance the learning in accounting, economics and finance. In addition, there is a strong correlation between long-term student success and engagement in these opportunities:

  1. Becoming involved in professional organizations
  2. Attending sport industry related conferences, seminars, and workshops
  3. Networking with SRU Sport Management alumni
  4. International study programs (short-term, semester, and year-long)
  5. High-Impact Practice (HIP) designated classes
  6. Student leadership and career education development
  7. Service-learning classes

This program is effective as of Spring 2020.
Revised 08.07.20
UCC 05.13.20 

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Recommended Four-Year Plan

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
SPMT 194 Introduction to Sport Management 3
SPMT 196 Global Sport Management 3
ENGL 102 Critical Writing 3
ESAP 101 FYRST Seminar * 1
SUBJ 139Foundations of Academic Discovery 1 3
Select one of the following: 3
Civil Discourse: Theory & Practice  
Ethics and Civil Discourse  
Civil Discourse and Democracy  
SPMT 150 Sport Management Practicum 1
SPMT 294 Sport Management and Ethics 3
ENGL 104 Critical Reading 3
MATH 117 Quantitative Reasoning 3
SCI 101 Science of Life 3
Creative & Aesthetic Inquiry 3
Second Year
SPMT 150 Sport Management Practicum 1
SPMT 269 American Sport in the 21st Century 3
SPMT 386 Leadership in Athletic Administration and Sport Management 3
SCI 102 Understanding the Physical World 3
Humanities Inquiry 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
SPMT 286 Sport Communication and Technology 3
SPMT 315 Diversity Issues in Sport Management 3
Social Science Inquiry 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Third Year
SPMT 150 Sport Management Practicum 1
SPMT 394 Sport Marketing 3
SPMT 369 Sport Budgeting and Finance 3
Thematic Thread Requirement 3
Free Elective 5
SPMT 150 Sport Management Practicum 1
SPMT 396 Selling in the Sport Industry 3
SPMT 406 Sport Fundraising and Event Management 3
SPMT 486 Sport Law and Facilities 3
Free Elective 3
SPMT 301 The Fan Experience (Suggested Free Elective ) 3
Fourth Year
SPMT 494 Sport Management Senior Seminar 3
SPMT 499 Sport Management Research Methods 3
Free Elective 9
SPMT 450 Sport Management Internship 12
 Total Hours**121

** This document is meant to serve as a guide. Some planners may show more than 120 credits because faculty have created flexibility in choosing courses.  However, only 120 credits are required to obtain a degree. Please consult with your academic adviser and refer to your curriculum guide prior to registering for courses. This plan should be reviewed, and verified, by you and your academic adviser at least once each academic year. 

Major Code: 2150
Revised: 08.26.2021