COSMA Accredits Three Southeast Sport Management Programs

parkerhallCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Dec. 18, 2013 — The Board of Commissioners of the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) accredited three sport management degree programs at Southeast Missouri State University during its Nov. 16 meeting.

The sport management programs receiving COSMA accreditation are the Bachelor of Science in sport management; the Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration, sport management focus; and the Master of Business Administration, sport management option.

“COSMA Accreditation provides added value for sport management students at Southeast Missouri State University verifying their solid academic preparation,” said Dr. Beth Easter, associate professor of sport management. “Our graduates gain an additional sense of pride from the external validation of their academic achievement in a nationally recognized sport management program. I believe accreditation gives students and graduates an advantage in the increasingly competitive sport industry for internships and jobs.”

The accreditation announcement follows submission of a self-study document and a site visit. Accreditation of the three programs is for seven years.

The sport management program at Southeast Missouri State University is housed in the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation. The mission of the sport management program is to provide undergraduate and graduate students with professional education in the sport industry by emphasizing both theoretical and experiential learning as the twin pillars for success in a challenging and personal atmosphere. Coursework includes experiential learning opportunities and culminates in a capstone internship experience. Graduates work in a wide array of settings including minor league franchises, Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, National Football League, National Hockey League, Charlotte Motor Speedway, intercollegiate athletics, university recreation, parks and recreation, sporting goods manufacturing, and sporting goods retail.

More information on Southeast’s sport management programs at Southeast is available at http://www.semo.edu/health/sport%20_management.htm.

There are now 14COSMA-accredited institutions, and the total number of accredited sport management programs is 31.

About COSMA COSMA (www.cosmaweb.org) is a specialized accrediting body that promotes and recognizes excellence in sport management education in colleges and universities at the baccalaureate and graduate levels worldwide. For more information on COSMA, visit www.cosmaweb.org or call (202) 329-1189.