Step 1: Program Membership
Eligibility for program membership
In order for an academic unit/sport management program to be considered for program membership in COSMA, the following criteria must be satisfied:
In order to become a program member of COSMA, an academic unit/sport management program must:
THIS FEE REFLECTS AN INCREASE IN MEMBERSHIP DUES BY TEN PERCENT FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2024-25. HOWEVER, ALL PROGRAM'S FINANCIAL POSITIONS WILL BE ACCOMMODATED. DOWNLOAD THIS FOR INFORMATION.
COSMA is instituting a process to allow “limited resource institutions*” a reduced fee for membership. COSMA wants to enable all sport management programs to afford the accreditation process and to ensure a more equitable financial process for member institutions. The following guidelines will help you navigate an “exceptions” process that will be evaluated annually.
* Be among the bottom 15 percent of active Division I schools from a resource standpoint, as determined by per capita school expenditures, per capita athletics department funding and per capita Pell Grant aid for the student body. OR Be a member of a conference in which 60 percent of the schools are among the bottom 15 percent of active Division I members from a resource standpoint. (AASP Grants for Schools - NCAA.org)
Year 3: $1,350 (75% of $1,800)
Year 4: $1,800 (100%)
Programs going through first-time accreditation in FY 2024-25: Gradual payment schedule
Year 1: $495
Year 2: $990
Year 3: $1,485
Year 4: $1,980
Other adjustments to membership fees will be determined on a case-by-case basis.
COSMA's Scope of Accreditation (as recognized by CHEA):
COSMA accredits sport management programs in institutions of higher education worldwide that grant degrees at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels.
COSMA will review submitted materials and, upon acceptance as a program member, will contact the academic unit/sport management program’s primary representative regarding the candidacy status process.
Non-U.S.-based programs: COSMA will make a reasonable effort to communicate with and consult with appropriate governmental and nongovernmental accreditation or quality assurance entities in other countries.