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OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2020-21 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2020-21 [Archived Catalog]

Sports Administration - MSA

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Master of Sports Administration

Sports Administration – MS8112

College of Business
College of Business Annex 351
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701

Delivery Mode: Athens campus

Terms of Entry: Summer

Program Overview

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.

The MSA program is at the forefront 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 a great range of learning options 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 offerings.  Through practicum, independent study and special problems courses, students have the opportunity to partner with industry experts to solve real-world sport industry problems. Full-time students are normally expected to complete the degree in ten months (July-May).

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of sport business knowledge across business disciplines.
  2. Develop professional skills and abilities relevant to the sports business profession.

Admission Requirements

  • Regionally accredited bachelor’s degree.
  • 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. 

International Students

This program permits full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 may be issued based on admission to this program.

MSA Graduation Requirements

The MSA requires completion of 36 credit hours. Up to 6 hours from previous graduate study may be applied to the MSA degree requirements.

Culminating Experience

At the conclusion of the MSA program, students take part in a week long capstone trip, conducted in a major city working on consulting projects with relevant and significant sports organizations, to create specific, actionable deliverables to advance the objectives of significant real world sports sector partners. New York has been the regular site for this capstone component, and sponsoring organizations include: major professional sports leagues; professional sports franchises; major sports marketing and representation firms; university athletic departments; sports broadcasting networks and public sector organizations.

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