March 15, 2011
The sports industry on the East Coast has expanded rapidly over the past decade, creating numerous job opportunities for college graduates. To fulfill that workforce need, Farmingdale State College has received approval to offer a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management and is admitting students for the Fall 2011 semester.
Farmingdale will be the only public college only Long Island to offer this BS degree, which will be administered by the School of Business in collaboration with the Athletics Department. Tuition at SUNY institutions is $4,970 annually.
Student interest in specific courses has been exceptional. For example, enrollment in Introduction to Sport Management has tripled since 2004, and enrollment in Sport Administration has more than quintupled.
With a focus on the business and technology aspects of the industry, classes are geared toward careers that include sport marketing and journalism, event management, college athletics, sport law, fitness facility management, and camp director. Since courses in sport management were introduced in 2004, students have interned with companies such as New York Islanders, CBS Sports, NBC Sports, the Long Island Ducks, Planet Fitness and Disney.
Companies which hire sport management graduates include high school and university athletic departments, professional sport organizations, non-profit agencies (e.g., YMCA, community centers), athletic clubs and sports complexes, parks and recreational facilities, for-profit businesses that market and manage sports events and teams/leagues, the NCAA and other governing bodies (local, national, and international).
“Sport Management has been popular for a number of years now so we expect enrollment in this program to be quite strong,” said Farmingdale Provost Dr. Lucia Cepriano. “In fact, we have hired two full-time business professors and have an outstanding group of adjunct professors who have worked with organizations such as the U.S. Open and the East Coast Conference.”
Full-time enrollment at Farmingdale has increased 70 percent since 2000. The College ranks among the top 100 public colleges in the nation in the earnings power of its graduates, according to a 2009 analysis conducted by payscale.com. The College has also ranked among the top five safest campuses in the country according to the last two analyses by The Daily Beast.
The campus is in the midst of a $185 million construction and renovation project and will be opening a new Campus Center in 2012. Farmingdale also expects to break ground on a new building for the School of Business later this year. Farmingdale will celebrate its 100th Anniversary during the 2011-12 academic year.
For more information on the opportunities in the field of sport management, please contact Mike Harrington, Director of Athletics, at 631-420-2053. For Sport Management degree information students may contact Dr. Francine Federman, Acting Associate Dean, School of Business, at 631-420-2786.