Sport Management, B.S. - Concentration: B.S. to M.S. Accelerated Pathway

Recreation, Tourism, and Sport Management |View/Print PDF

The B.S. in Sport Management (Concentration: B.S. to M.S. Accelerated Pathway) provides high-achieving students with the opportunity to complete foundational graduate coursework during their senior year of undergraduate study in order to accelerate graduate degree completion. This competitive program allows admitted students the opportunity to complete both their bachelor’s degree and the M.S. in Sport and Entertainment Management (Concentration: Accelerated Pathway) in five years at Southern Connecticut State University. This program has a separate admissions process and eligible students are encouraged to apply no later than their junior year of undergraduate study. Please consult the admission requirements in the undergraduate catalog and below for more information.

Overall GPA of 3.0 Required
120 Overall Credits Required


Undergraduate freshmen and transfer applicants will select the appropriate degree program and accelerated pathway concentration for their particular discipline when applying through the Common App. Current students who are already matriculated in a program at Southern must be accepted into the undergraduate portion of the accelerated pathway through department permission via the Selection of degree system. Undergraduate students must declare their intention to join an Accelerated Pathway Program no later than their junior year. Eligible students in the accelerated pathway program will then apply for early acceptance graduate admission no later than the spring semester of their senior year. During the application process, students will select both the graduate degree for their specified discipline and the accelerated pathway concentration. Please note that acceptance into the undergraduate Accelerated Pathway does not automatically guarantee admission to the graduate Accelerated Pathway. Students should contact their faculty advisor regularly to ensure that they are meeting all requirements for graduate admission. 


New students seeking admission to Southern Connecticut State University should apply online through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions website:

Students must meet all of the university admissions criteria for acceptance into the program. Currently matriculated students must meet and maintain the following department requirements in order to be admitted to and remain in the program:


Liberal Education Program

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program.  

While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, courses in the major and/or cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements.  These shared courses are recommended below to fulfill both areas, although the course credits are only counted once towards the 120 credits required for graduation.

Tier 2 – Mind and Body:
REC 120 – Leadership Development

Tier 2 – Creative Drive:
REC 220 – Inclusive Recreation

Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)

Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.

Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.


63 Credits Required
'C' or better required. 
Courses with less than 'C' must be repeated within two semesters. Students receiving grades of 'C' or lower in more than one recreation course may be dismissed from this major.

Sport Management Requirements
51 Credits Required

REC 120 - Leadership Development
REC 220 - Inclusive Recreation
REC 363 - Event Management
REC 470 - Research Methods
SMT 271 - Foundations of Sports Management
SMT 301 - Internship I
SMT 351 - Facility Design and Management
SMT 354 - Sport Communication and Promotion
SMT 355- Ethics in Sport Management
SMT 356 - Sport Marketing
SMT 357 - Legal Issues in Recreation and Sports
SMT 388 - Administration of Sport Organizations
SMT 401 - Internship II
SMT 454 - International Sport Management and Governance
SMT 456 - Sport Finance
SMT 457 - Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Sports Management

Concentration in BS to MS Accelerated Pathway
12 Credits Required

SMT 512 - Sport and Entertainment Law 
SMT 514 - Global Issues in Sport Entertainment
SMT 515 - Facility and Event Management 
REC 575 - Operational Research Capstone


18 Credits Required

To fulfill the 18 credits of cognate requirements, students can choose (in consultation with their adviser) to pursue any minor in the university or select six (6) courses from the list below:

HMS 380 - Sport Psychology
HIS 220 - Sports in U.S. History
JRN 200 - Basic of Journalism 
JRN 211 - Broadcast Sports Journalism
JRN 226 - Sport Multimedia Journalism
JRN 304 - Sports Reporting
MGT 300 - Management and Organization
MKT 200 - Principles of Marketing
REC 100 - Introduction to Recreation, Tourism, and Sport Management
REC 320 - Program Planning and Development
REC 321 - Advanced Techniques of Program Planning and Management
REC 364 - Event Management Advanced Applications
REC 461 - Entrepreneurship in Recreation
REC 470 - Research Methods
SMT 185 - Introduction to e-Sports
SMT 200 - Recreational Team Sports
SMT 207 - Adaptive Recreational Sport
SMT 285 - e-Sports Promotion
SMT 295 - The Digital Sport Industry: Fantasy Sports, Video Gaming, & eSports
SMT 425 - Human Factors in e-Sports
SMT 451 - Intercollegiate Athletics
SMT 465 - Sport Analytics


Remaining credits to reach total Overall Credits Required (listed above).