Management Degree – Paul Smith’s College

Earn a degree in Management at Paul Smith’s College to further your path toward the perfect job or career.


Immersive learning is emphasized in all programs. That is why we dunk all our students in the lake during orientation weekend! Our culinary students bake bread & pastries for the on-campus retail bakery and forestry students explore the College-owned lands, cut timber and sell it. This same spirit is obvious in PSC’s Management students.

Students in the Management program can choose one of three concentrations:

Sports & Event Management
Hit the ground running! Immerse yourself in the business or sports management, communications, and marketing—all while working with world class professionals in the winter sports capital of North America. Just a few of the opportunities that set Paul Smith’s College apart:

  • Nearby Lake Placid, N.Y., home of two Winter Olympic Games, is a living case study. Here, students can experience events such as the World Cup championships, World University Games, IRONMAN® Triathlon, and the Lake Placid Horse Show first-hand.
  • Assist in the development of marking and public relations campaigns for major international sports events taking place in the college’s backyard.
  • Students can earn credit while gaining real-world experience with national partners through online study and paid work opportunities during the college’s Semester in Residency.
  • Employers say PSC students know how to do things because of the program’s experiential learning components and how to get things done because of a strong business core.

The management industry has a broad horizon, providing students the opportunity to pursue interests both in and out of the classroom as they prepare for careers in management.

  • Apply Business Skills from Day One using realistic business simulations like RedGlobal Group that allow students to see the impact of their decisions in courses like Intro to Entrepreneurship, Strategic Planning and the Senior Capstone Project.
  • Earn  Academic Credit While Earning Industry Experience during a Semester in Residency through online study and paid work experience with nationwide partners like, World of Beer Corporate Offices, Disney World, Ritz Carlton, The Point Resort & others.
  • Compete in Regional Business Plan Contests where our students regularly come home with seed money to invest in their ideas or help pay for school, like Josh Clemmens ’17, Little ADK, a children’s educational souvenir/toy helping kids learn about the Adirondacks.
  • Engage in Paid Work Experience in nearby Lake Placid, New York, a world-class resort destination with many opportunities to learn from entrepreneurial business owners while going to school.

Explore your vision and dramatically improve your odds of success with Entrepreneurship. The program is about a creative spirit and allows students to pursue their ambitions within a structured business discipline where they learn how to start, operate, and grow professionally, independently or within a team.

  • Join Paul Smith’s DECA, an international club for leaders in hospitality, marketing, management, and finance.
  • Client partnerships with entrepreneurs give students the opportunity to develop a relationship with a business, identify a “contractual deliverable,” execute the tasks and deliver back to the client.
  • Entrepreneurship symposiums and mixers, where students learn from new and seasoned business owners about the risks and successes in creating and running a business.
  • Earn a minor to complement your bachelor’s degree. Entrepreneurs come from many sectors of industry, and Paul Smith’s offers varied minors to suit different interests.
What Kind Of Courses Would You Be Taking?


  • Change Management
  • Creating and Communicating Value
  • Semester in Residency
  • Advertising and Promotion
  • Small Business Accounting
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Planning and Policy
  • Risk Management and Liability


  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • Applications in Entrepreneurship
  • Change Management
  • Creating and Communicating Value
  • Advertising and Promotion
  • The Family Enterprise
  • Small Business Accounting
  • Semester in Residency

Sports and Events Management

  • Principles of Sports Management
  • Event, Stadium, and Arena Management
  • Sport Business, Finance, and Policies
  • Sport Marking and Communication
  • Semester in Residency
  • Risk Management and Liability
  • Festivals and Event Planning


What Can You Do With A Degree In Management?
  • Small Business Owner
  • Business Consultant
  • Research & Development
  • Sales & Advertising
  • Nonprofit Fundraiser
  • Corporate Partnerships Manager
  • Sports Information Director
  • Talent Acquisition
  • Franchise owner
  • Sports Publicist
  • Retail Management
  • Sports Marketing Specialist
  • Marketing Manager
  • Public Relations
What Does The Program Prepare You For Academically?

At the end of the program students will be able to:

  • Critical Thinking and Leadership Skills
    • Integrate their liberal arts education with business education to foster life long learning skills.
    • Develop analytic, reflective thinking, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
    • Demonstrate ethical decision-making and reasoning abilities.
  • Management and Communication Skills
    • Demonstrate the processes of entrepreneurship, strategic management, accountability and project planning.
    • Expand oral, written and listening communication skills.
    • Articulate and defend a personal business philosophy within a global context.
    • Synthesize content knowledge from functional areas of business, including Marketing, Accounting, Management, Economics, Operations, Planning, Finance.
  • Technical Knowledge and Skills
    • Use and explain information technologies as they influence the structure and processes of organizations and economies, and as they influence the roles and techniques of management.
  • Life Skills and work Ethic
    • Develop skills in team management, conflict resolution and consensus building.
    • Develop a stewardship orientation in business decision-making.
Key Facts About The Program
  • B.S. degree
  • 120 credit hours (minimum)


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