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Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2015-2017 
Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2015-2017 [Archived Catalog]

Sports Administration - MSA

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Degree Title:  Master of Sport Administration

Program Name and Numbers: Sports Administration – MS8112

Department/Unit: Departmet of Sports Administration

Delivery Mode:  Athens campus

Program Mission:  The mission of the MSA program is to provide a cutting edge sports administration education to students interested in pursuing careers in the sports and entertainment industry.

Program Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply effective leadership and critical decision-making skills to successfully manage issues and challenges facing sport managers.
  • Recognize and address moral and ethical challenges within the sport industry.
  • Demonstrate effective sales and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrate a variety of research methods to address managerial issues in the sport industry.
  • Discuss the legal implications and risk management needs as applied to the sport industry.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use sport management theory as a base for professional practice.
  • Strategically plan for sport facility and event management.
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to effectively manage sport within a diverse, global society.

Program Overview:  The MSA program is on the cutting edge of the sports industry.  The curriculum facilitates the connection of classroom knowledge to professional experiences and provides students the opportunity to apply these skills through hands on projects.

The MSA program provides great flexibility to specialize the degree.  The required courses provide a strong foundation in sports administration, while providing the students with opportunities to enhance the degree with electives ranging from revenue generation to consumer behavior.  Electives may also be taken outside of the College of Business.

Through practicum, independent study and special problems courses, students have the opportunity to partner with industry experts to solve real world sports industry problems.

Graduation Requirements:  The program curriculum is a 36 credit hour program. 

Required Courses

  • SASM 6260  Sports Governance and Policy Development or BUSL 5650 Law of Sports
  • SASM 6800  Research Methods in Sport Administration
  • SASM 6990  Capstone Seminar
  • SASM 6910  Internship

Students will round out their program with elective courses.  Below is a sample of elective courses for student to select:

  • SASM 6100  Leadership in Sports Administration
  • SASM 6550  Consumer Behavior
  • SASM 6480  Management of Public Assembly Facilities
  • SASM 6580  Revenue Generation
  • SASM 6920  Practicum
  • SASM 6931  Special Problems
  • SASM 6930  Independent Study

Admissions Requirements:

  • Regionally accredited bachelor’s degree.
  • GMAT or GRE scores
  • Three letters of recommendation from professional or academic references.
  • Official transcripts from all degree bearing institutions at the bachelor’s level or higher and unofficial transcript for any additional college coursework.
  • A professional plan statement discussing your career goals, how the master’s degree will help you achieve those goals, areas or competencies that you expect the program will help you strengthen and what you plan to contribute to the learning community.
  • Current resume.
  • TOEFL or IELTS for non-native English speakers. 

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