What is Specialized Accreditation?
COSMA reviews sport managements programs and evaluates how well the program educates students and prepares them for a career in the sport management industry.
When programs are reviewed by COSMA, the focus is at the program-level - on its faculty, curriculum, linkages to business and industry, and more. It is the degree-specific program that holds accreditation, not the department or college in which it is housed. Eligibility for COSMA includes having institutional accreditation, so the institutional issues such as financial viability and resources are addressed.
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WHY Accreditation MATTERS - CHEA REcognition
institutional & programmatic accreditation
In the United States, there are two types of accreditation - institutional and specialized. Institutional accreditation looks at the entire institution. Specialized accreditation, such as COSMA, looks at a particular type of professional program at an accredited institution.
This video by the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) explains the differences between institutional and programmatic accreditation in further detail.
"We opted only to include schools that held COSMA accreditation, an indicator of a quality sport management program."
Sport Management Degree Guide on why they only included COSMA accredited institutions in their ranking of the Top Bachelor's Sport Management Degree Programs.