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Our Sports Management Programs Earn COSMA Accreditation

By Brittany Jacobs
Department Chair, Sports Management and Esports

Like any athletic endeavor, it is important to recognize and award excellence. I am proud to announce that our bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in sports management have received accreditation from the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA).

Hear from Dr. Jacobs about why COSMA accreditation is so important:

COSMA is a specialized accrediting body that recognizes excellence in sports management education. By awarding this accreditation to our University, COSMA acknowledges our dedication to providing high-quality and rigorous academic offerings. With only 35 institutions offering COSMA-accredited programs, our sports management programs have joined an elite group and are poised for continued success.

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What Are the Benefits of COSMA Accreditation?

For students, earning a sports management degree from a COSMA-accredited university may be helpful in many ways. COSMA accreditation ensures that our programs maintain their relevance and are regularly updated to align with current trends in the sports industry.

If you are seeking a sports management degree, it is useful to consider programs that are COSMA-accredited. This accreditation verifies that your sports management program has been thoroughly vetted by an external, reputable accrediting body and has been determined to provide high-quality education.

As you work to pursue your professional goals, your COSMA-accredited program can be useful since the courses in this program have been designed to provide the best possible knowledge. The COSMA accreditation can also be mentioned on your resume, so that a potential employer knows that the courses of your sports management program were high-quality and met rigorous standards.

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The Rigors of the COSMA Accreditation Process

Our sports management faculty spent years preparing for and undergoing the accreditation process, which included a candidacy phase, programmatic self-study, a site visit and external reviewers. COSMA requires an educational institution to evaluate all aspects of its programs, using accreditation principles derived from best practices in sport management education. From learning objectives to faculty qualifications, COSMA evaluates program excellence based on its assessment of programmatic educational outcomes.

The Hard Work Is Never Done

I am so proud of our team’s achievement in receiving COSMA accreditation, but the work isn’t done. As a department, we are always striving for more so that our sport management students have access to the latest content, research and opportunities in the field, and this growth-oriented mindset is supported by COSMA’s goal of continuous improvement. I believe that there are great things ahead for the sports management students and programs at our University!

Brittany Jacobs

Dr. Brittany Jacobs is an Associate Professor and Department Chair for the Sports Management and Esports program at the University. She is highly involved in the Olympic & Paralympic movements and worked for USA Rugby before returning to academia. Much of her current research centers around officials and other marginalized populations providing a direct connection to her previous coaching and officiating experiences. Brittany earned her Ph.D. from the University of Northern Colorado in Sports & Exercise Science with a Doctoral Minor in Statistics. She also holds a master’s degree in sports management from the University of Texas, a master’s degree in secondary education from the University of New Hampshire, and a B.S. in kinesiology from the University of New Hampshire, where she also played collegiate field hockey.

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