Saint Leo's Two Sport Business Programs Gain Accreditation

June 26, 2010

Two Sport Business Majors Score Internships Abroad Saint Leo University’s academic degree programs in sport business have been accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA), a specialized body that promotes and recognizes excellence in sport management programs at colleges and universities.

COSMA granted accreditation to the university’s Bachelor of Arts degree program in sport business, which is offered at the main campus in central Florida, and to the university’s Master of Business Administration degree program with a sport business specialization. The MBA program is offered online.

“This accreditation is testimony that Saint Leo University is a national leader in sport business education, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels,” said Eric C. Schwarz, Ph.D., associate professor of sport business.

Both academic programs are offered through Saint Leo University’s School of Business. Dean Michael Nastanski, D.B.A., said students, prospective students, and employers can take confidence in knowing that COSMA reviewed and approved Saint Leo’s overall approach to business education. This is particularly noteworthy at the undergraduate level. Saint Leo requires of all business majors a strong liberal arts foundation, followed by a core curriculum in business skills and rigorous coursework in the students’ chosen academic degree areas.

“This validates our commitment to excellence not only in the Sport Business Program, but in all other business majors as well,” Nastanski said. “COSMA recognized this as a powerful way to develop the next generation of business leaders.”

“Saint Leo sport business students compete for internships and full-time positions with the best students from around the country, and this recognition by COSMA will further enhance the stature of Saint Leo applicants throughout the industry,” added Phil Hatlem, chair of the department. Read a recent story about two seniors at their 12-credit hour internships.

COSMA issued the accreditation earlier this month. More information about the commission can be found at