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Sport Analytics B.S.

Explore data’s powerful role in understanding and prioritizing information to maintain a competitive advantage in the sports industry.
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About this Program

With a growing number of sport organizations embracing the powerful role that data analytics plays in understanding and prioritizing information to maintain a competitive advantage, there is an increasing demand for sport analytics professionals to guide data-driven decision-making.

Falk College offers a bachelor of science degree in Sport Analytics—the first undergraduate program of its kind in the country established within a professional sport management program—to provide you with a thorough understanding of the math, statistics, research methodology, sport economics, database management, finance, and computer programming integral to sport analytics.

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David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics

Falk College academic degree programs focus on holistic health and wellbeing, human performance, and sport business enterprise. The college’s signature emphasis on experiential learning supports student success through intentional internship requirements, faculty-mentored research projects, immersion travel, and global study abroad. At every stage of their education, Falk College students engage in meaningful work to advance their disciplines and careers.
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In Sport Analytics, you’ll take a deep dive in analyzing data in sport while incorporating studies in arts and sciences with professional electives and liberal arts requirements. This will provide you with the math, computer, business, and communication skills to pursue careers in the sport industry. The degree also incorporates a mandatory foreign language requirement to prepare students for the global sport industry.

Core coursework covers statistics, sport management, and economics. Sample courses include:

  • Research Methods for Sport Analytics
  • Sport Data Analysis I, II
  • Sport Economics I, II
  • Database and Programming
  • R and Python for Sport Analytics

The sport analytics degree also includes a mandatory foreign language requirement to prepare students for the global sport industry. Students finish their degree requirements by writing a senior thesis.

As part of your degree requirements, you’ll complete a Senior Thesis to gain hands-on experience in the sport industry before graduating. The thesis encompasses a two-semester research project into the sport (or sports) of your choice.

The thesis centers on your original idea, and you’ll conduct background research, gather data, create models, run statistical relationships, visualize the relationships, and explain the results across a variety of formats. You’ll work one-on-one with a professor in the program to perform analytical research and analysis.

Extracurricular Opportunities

Experiential Learning

Network, Learn, and Compete Nationally

Begin building your personal portfolio of experiences and demonstrate your leadership through a wide variety of vibrant student-led organizations. The Baseball Sabermetrics and Basketball Analytics clubs conduct in-depth discussions and research, meet on a weekly basis during the academic year, and compete and present at national conferences. You can also join clubs in football, hockey, and soccer analytics; clubs focusing on sales, media, marketing, diversity, and sports gaming; Women in Sports and Events (WISE); and Sport Analytics Women (SAW).

Through our partnership with the Syracuse University Athletics Department, you can utilize real-world data to assist the coaching and performance staffs of Syracuse’s men’s and women’s athletic teams.

Study Abroad

Discover the Global Sport Industry in the U.S. and Abroad

Syracuse University Abroad consistently ranks among the highest-quality international study programs in the country. Sport Analytics majors most often go abroad to centers in Florence (Italy), London (U.K.), Madrid (Spain), and Strasbourg (France). Summer programs include Australia: Sport, History, and Culture; Sociological Perspectives of Sport (Madrid); and Olympic Odyssey (London, Paris, Lausanne, and Athens).

Explore major global sport hubs in U.S. and beyond through our signature immersion trips to Lake Placid, Los Angeles, Australia, Europe, and Boston, among others, as well as the new Sports Data in Italian Football. Meet with professionals and sport entities to gain first-hand knowledge of what it’s like to work in the industry.


Berlin Sport Analytics Scholars

Berlin Scholars are students who have shown proven commitment to academic excellence, research, and experiential learning throughout their time as undergraduate students. Scholars will be assigned a project/assignment based upon an evaluation of their application materials and at the discretion of the Sport Analytics faculty.

Selection as a Berlin Scholar includes a stipend for the academic year. This award/scholarship is for senior Falk College Sport Analytics majors, and you should apply during the spring of your junior year.

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