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

Business Administration and Sport Administration - MBA/MSA Dual Degree

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Degree Title:  Master of Business Administration and Master of Sport Administration

Program Name and Numbers: MBA – MB6141; MSA – MS8149

Department/Unit: Sports Administration & Graduate Program, College of Business

Delivery Mode:  The MBA/MSA program is offered on the Athens campus. 

Program Mission: The mission of the MBA and MSA dual program is to prepare students for leadership positions by combining the academically rigorous MBA program with the sport-specific knowledge of the MSA program.  The curriculum addresses the growing complexity of the sports, facility, and entertainment industries, and helps our students develop the essential skills in communication, collaboration, and teamwork that are critical for success.

Program Learning Objectives: 

MBA Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate an understanding of business knowledge across business disciplines.
  • Integrate information from multiple business disciplines to frame and solve business problems.
  • Evaluate business problems and apply business knowledge to add value in a business context.
  • Develop the leadership skills necessary to lead organizations in a dynamic environment.
  • Create effective teams through collaboration and the use of high performance team capabilities.
  • Analyze ethical dimensions of business decisions using ethical decision frameworks.
  • Demonstrate effective writing and presentation skills.

MSA Learning Objectives

  • 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 MBA/MSA dual program combines a business foundation with a sport-specific focus to create a program that uniquely prepares students to enter the sport and entertainment 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 MBA program provides holistic business knowledge through rigorous core classes, professional development seminars, on-site company tours and networking, and an international immersion experience.  Students expand knowledge in areas like organizational behavior, strategic marketing and supply chain management, and business analytics.  Learning to be a better leader and a more effective teammate are some of the many skills students learn in and outside the classroom.

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

Link to Program: http://business.ohio.edu/academics/graduate-degrees/master-of-sports-administration-and-mba-dual-degree/

Graduation Requirements: 

The MBA program curriculum is a 42 credit hour, lock-step program. 


  • MBA 6320  Data Analysis for Decision Making
  • MBA 6340  Organizational Behavior and Human Resources Management
  • MBA 6325  Business Analytics
  • MBA 6315  Accounting for Executives
  • MBA 6350  Strategic Marketing and Value Chain Management
  • MBA 6335  Managerial Finance
  • MBA 6360  Strategic Use of Information
  • MBA 6370  Operations Management
  • MBA 6380  Strategic Leadership
  • MBA 6912  Applied Business Experience
  • MBA 6900  Seminar (13 hours)

Seminars will include leadership and professional development, company visits, team cultivation and coaching, and an international immersion experience.

The MSA 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:

  • 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.
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • 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. 

Transfer credits are not accepted for the MBA portion of this program. 

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