2016–17 Requirements

Two separate admission dates and requirements will be available to students during the 2016-17 academic year.  A maximum of six(60) students will be admitted during each admission cycle from the pool of applicants. The sixty (60) applicants with the HIGHEST GPA and who MINIMALLY meet or exceed the following admission criteria will be accepted each admission cycle into this cohort. Following the 2016-17 academic year, only one admission cycle will exist, with a maximum of 60 students accepted during each subsequent admission cycle.

  • Applications made during the fall semester of 2016 for sophomores and beyond.
  • Applications made during the spring semester for freshmen and beyond.  This admission cycle will remain following the 2016-17 academic year.

Fall Semester 2016 Applications

This application cycle is for students who are sophomores or beyond.

  • A minimum combination of 45 credit hours of required “Pre-Requisite Courses”, general education foundation or approved elective classes must be completed before application is made to the program.
  • Notification of admission or denial will be made upon the receipt of fall semester grades.  
  • Students accepted to the program through this application cycle will begin taking SM major specific coursework during the fall semester of the following year (They will not be allowed to take coursework during the spring semester immediately following acceptance into the program).
  • Applicants who meet or exceed the admission criteria are NOT guaranteed admission into the program. Admission is competitive.
  • Minimum Admission Criteria:
    1. Overall GPA is greater than or equal to 2.50 ( cutoff GPAs are usually higher than 2.5);
    2. Successful completion of 18 credit hours of pre-requisite courses (listed below);
    3. Successful completion of a minimum of 27 additional hours of general education foundation, or approved elective courses (A total of 45 completed credit hours).
  • Application deadline date – October 1st, 2016
  • Pre-Requisite courses

    3 hr | SM 167 (grade of “B” or better)
    3 hr | ENGL 101 (grade of “C” or better)
    3 hr | COMM 100 and 102, or 104 (grade of “C” or better)
    3 hr | Math Requirement MATH 121/126 (grade of “C” or better)
    3 hr | ECON 201 or BUSA 202 (grade of “C” or better)
    3 hr | JRL 101 (grade of “C” or better)
    Total 18 hr

Spring Semester Applications

This application cycle is for students who are Freshmen or beyond.

  • A minimum combination of 30 credit hours of required “Pre-Requisite Courses”, general education foundation or approved elective classes must be completed before application is made to the program.
  • Notification of admission or denial will be made upon the receipt of spring semester grades. 
  • Students accepted to the program through this application cycle may begin taking SM coursework during the summer and fall semesters of the following academic year. However, they will not be allowed to register for major courses during the fall semester of the following year until after they have officially received their notice of admission, and their major code has been changed in degree works. This means that they will register for non-major courses at the time of registration, but will be allowed to modify their schedule to include available major classes upon admission into the program.
  • Applicants who meet or exceed the admission criteria are NOT guaranteed admission into the program. Admission is competitive.
  • Minimum Admission Criteria:
    1. Overall GPA is greater than or equal to 2.50 ( cutoff GPAs are usually higher than 2.5);
    2. Successful completion of 15 credit hours of pre-requisite courses (listed below);
    3. Successful completion of a minimum of 15 additional hours of general education foundation, or approved elective courses (A total of 30 completed credit hours).
  • Application deadline date – March 1st each year
  • Pre-requisite courses

    All of the following courses
    3 hr
    | SM 167 (grade of “B” or better)
    3 hr | ENGL 101 (grade of “C” or better)
    3 hr | ECON 201 or BUSA 202 (grade of “C” or better)
    9 Credits

    6 credits much be completed from the following 3 courses
    3 hr
    | COMM 100 and 102, OR 104 (grade of “C” or better)
    3 hr | Math Requirement MATH 121/126 (grade of “C” or better)
    3 hr | JRL 101 (grade of “C” or better)
    6 Credits

    Total 15 hr


General Education Foundation

F1 Composition and Rhetoric 3 – 6 hrs. ENGL 101 and 102 or ENGL 103
F2 Science and Technology 4 – 6 hrs. CS 101 can meet 3 credits worth of objective F2A
F3 Mathematics and Quantitative Skills 3 hrs.
F4 Society and Connections  3 hrs. ECON 201 can meet this objective
F5 Human Inquiry and The Past 3 hrs.
F6 The Arts and Creativity 3 hrs.
F7 Global Studies and Diversity 3 hrs. SM 375 can meet this objective
F8 Focus 9 hrs. SM 275, JRL 101, COMM 306, COMM 104, COMM 100 and 102, SEP 271, SEP 272, ECON 202 can meet this objective

Approved Foundation Electives (All require a “C” or better)

ACE 265 – Diversity in Sport
ADV 215 - Principles of Advertising                      
BUSA. 310 - Business Law
BUSA 340 - Survey of Finance
COMM 316 - Intercultural Communication
COMM 335 – Social Media in the Workplace
COMM 404 – Persuasion
DISB 385 – Disability & Society
DSGN 140 – Sustainable Living
DSGN 280 – Sustainable Design & Development
DSGN 340 – Design for Energy Efficiency
ECON 202 - Macro Economics
ECON 404 – Managerial Economics
ENT 300 – Creativity and Idea Generation
ENT 400 – Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship
HTOR 376 – Hospitality/Tourism Leadership
JRL 210 – Visual Journalism/New Media
JRL 225 – Media Tools
JRL 412 – Sport Journalism
LDR 201 – Principles of Leadership
LDR 330 – Leadership in Athletics
MANG 330 – Management Fundamentals
MKTG 315 – Buyer Behavior
MKTG – 320 Personal Selling
PHIL 212 – Philosophy of Sport
POLS 240 – Introduction to Public Administration
RPTR 142 – Intro to Recreation/Park/Tourism
RPTR 335 – Management of Recreational Parks and Tourist Organizations
SOWK 147 – Human Diversity


Once accepted into the Sport Management Program, students must continue to meet University and program requirements, as well as maintain satisfactory progress towards completion of the degree. If a student fails to meet these requirements once admitted to the program:

  • The student will be placed on probation for one semester;
  • The student’s grades will be reviewed at the conclusion of the probation semester to determine their future status. Upon this review, the student will either be reinstated to or suspended from the program.
  • A student suspended from the program must seek another major immediately, as they will not be permitted to register for additional required Sport Management classes.