School of Kinesiology Receives COSMA Accreditation

LSU is the first land grant university to achieve excellence milestone


January 29, 2018

Photo of COSMA seal   LSU’s School of Kinesiology is accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation 

Baton Rouge, LA -- The Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) awarded LSU’s School of Kinesiology with a seven year accreditation for B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. programs focused in sport management. Louisiana State University is the first land grant university to receive COSMA accreditation and is one of only two universities with accredited doctoral programs.

COSMA is an accrediting body that serves to promote and recognize excellent sport management higher education. It is the only organization offering discipline-specific accreditation in sport management. COSMA offers its seal of approval to programs that demonstrate academic excellence, achievement in student learning outcomes, and continual innovation and improvement. Among the requirements for accreditation, there must be links between the classroom and practitioners in the community to offer real world experience to course work, faculty must be current in their fields and active in their professional contributions to the discipline, and must commit to the development of students into well-educated and ethical professionals.  

“The degree programs in sport administration and management have grown rapidly at LSU and are recognized as excellent programs. The BS in Sport Administration, approved in 2009, has grown to include approximately 500 students. The graduate specializations in sport management at both the MS and Doctoral level have also flourished over the past decade,” Said Dr. Melinda Solmon, director of the School of Kinesiology. “The programs all provide students with strong academic background as well as hand-on experiences that enable students to compete for the very best jobs in the industry and to be very successful in the workplace. Completing the accreditation process for these programs is a monumental step and is a testament to the quality of the programs.”

Undergraduate sport administration student, Ryan Ellinghausen, spoke about his own experiences and the emphasis the program places on professional development saying, "This program has opened so many doors for me when it comes to career opportunities. When I chose sport administration as my major, I didn't know where I wanted to go. Now, after three years in the program, I can truly say I am confident in knowing what I want to do and how I am going to get there." 


About SOK
The LSU School of Kinesiology (SOK) advances the understanding of physical activity, sport, and health to optimize the quality of life for diverse populations through excellence in teaching, learning, discovery, and engagement. SOK offers a BS, MS, Online MS, PhD, and two certificate options. Graduates go on to successful careers in the health and fitness industry, corporate wellness, sport agencies and businesses, athletic administration, and K-12 educational settings. SOK is part of the College of Human Sciences & Education.  

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About CHSE
The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs, 18 graduate programs, and 7 online graduate degree and/or certificate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 1,120 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.