Central Michigan University's sport management programs have been recognized for educational excellence by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation. CMU is the only university in Michigan to have accredited undergraduate and graduate sport management curriculums.
The COSMA Board of Commissioners reviewed CMU's Bachelor of Science in Sport Management, Bachelor of Arts in Sport Management, Bachelor of Applied Arts in Sport Management and Master of Arts in Sport Administration degrees and found that the programs displayed excellence in sport management education and continuous improvement through COSMA's developmental approach.
"COSMA's accreditation confirms the commitment of CMU's quality faculty to provide a relevant and challenging undergraduate and graduate curriculum to sport management students who aspire to be successful in the sport industry," said Scott Hirko, assistant professor and director of CMU's sport management program in The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions.
CMU's sport management accreditation by COSMA is valid for 7 years, until February 2022.
Accredited status is achieved through an intensive process that includes completion of a candidacy program, completion and review of an institutional self-study, site visit by accreditation team, final approval by the COSMA Board of Commissioners, and submission of annual reports.
COSMA has accredited 43 sport management programs in only 21 schools across the U.S.
Mount Pleasant resident Thomas Albrecht, '14, CMU director of baseball operations, recently earned an M.A. in sport administration and said that the highlight of his educational experience was being able to co-chair the annual, student-led Sport Management Association Conference and network with alumni in the industry before graduation.
"As a nontraditional student working full time, CMU offered flexible evening classes that fit my schedule and an excellent learning experience," Albrecht said. "I had the opportunity to work on planning the SMAC conference with 19 other undergraduate and graduate students and that was such a unique experience — that I really think sets CMU apart from the competition — because it allowed sport management students to connect with alumni in the industry."
Lake Orion senior Megan Malloy said she has enjoyed learning the different aspects of the sport management industry during her undergraduate studies at CMU.
"From history and marketing to morals and ethics, the sport management curriculum at Central provides a wide variety of options for students to choose from," Malloy said. "The professors here are the best. They really care about my success and future and aren't just teaching in the classroom. They remember who their students are and always make themselves available to help."
The Commission on Sport Management Accreditation is a specialized accrediting body whose purpose is to promote and recognize excellence in sport management education worldwide in colleges and universities at the baccalaureate and graduate levels through specialized accreditation.