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Sports Venue and Event Management: A Great Field for Vets

December 5, 2014

Sports Venue and Event Management: A Great Field for Vets

SportsManagementStudents at the graduate level tend to differ from their undergrad counterparts in one distinctive way. They know what they specifically want from their degree. This is the reason why graduate programs must cater to unique interests and niche fields. The Master of Science in Sport Venue and Event Management is one such unique program at Syracuse University. The degree is structured so that students get first-hand knowledge on how to manage and operate sport and entertainment facilities and events.

The student body, like the program, is quite distinctive. Dr. Chad McEvoy, Graduate Program Director at the Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics at Syracuse University feels that the program is in particular suited for veterans who are interested in pursuing a career in sport management. “Many of the skills, training, and experiences that men and women acquire while serving in the military are directly translatable to the management and operations of sports venues and events,” McEvoy said. The program builds on inherent skills with management techniques based on a passion for the excitement of sports.

The field of sport management is vast and usually programs in this arena are broad-based. The SVEM program is vastly different on that count. It focuses on key areas like stadium and arena management, events production and programming, and venue food, beverage, and hospitality. These are the drivers of the sports business beyond the players, the advertising, and the media. Graduating students will have exceptional knowledge and real world practical experience in areas right at the heart of the sports industry before starting out with their careers.

“Given Syracuse University’s long history of working with veterans back to World War II, the Sport Venue and Event Management master’s degree program offered in Falk College provides a unique opportunity for veterans to prepare for career paths related to managing and operating sports facilities and events” McEvoy said. Given their training and acumen during military service, McEvoy believes veterans are a great match for the SVEM program at Syracuse University.

The M.S. in Sport Venue and Event Management at the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics is a one-year program taken in four semesters. For more information about the program, click here.

Dr. Chad McEvoy is the director of the SVEM program and teaches the Foundations and Marketing courses. McEvoy’s industry background is in marketing in intercollegiate athletics, and he is a leading scholar in the area of sports revenue generation.

Veterans looking to continue their education should consider Syracuse University’s graduate management degrees designed with veterans in mind as well as all of the undergraduate and graduate programs offered by a school committed for over 70 years to serve those who have served. For more details on the graduate programs that have specialized admissions and resources for veterans, click here.

Meghavaty Suresh is a Graduate Assistant at IVMF currently pursuing a Master of Science in New Media Management from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She holds a Master’s in Management and Bachelor’s in Commerce from Mumbai University.

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