Sports Administration

The way we think of sports has drastically changed over the years; these days few people would say that a sports is “just a game.” Indeed, sports provide serious entertainment and big business in this country, and sports managers are crucial to ensuring that the players, fans, coaches, and financial backers coexist peacefully.

St. Thomas University’s Sports Administration program teaches the business behind the game, allowing you to become part of the team. You will gain a strong foundation of knowledge in the field of business, examining how the worlds of business and sports interact and how you can make those interactions more profitable and beneficial for every person and interest involved. In addition, you will learn how to market sports effectively and how to plan events, diving into the areas of sports publicity, budgeting, and administration. An interdisciplinary field, sports administration encompasses elements of economics, accounting, marketing, psychology, law, and communications.

We are located in one of the largest sports markets in the world, South Florida – an unmatched natural laboratory setting for students to gain experience in all areas of sports. The Fernandez Family Center for Leadership and Wellness affords students the opportunity to connect classroom theory to experiential learning.

Having started the first Sports Administration undergraduate program in the nation in 1973, St. Thomas University has long been a recognized leader in the business of sports. Our network of over 1000 alumni (Bachelors, Masters, JD, DBA) have careers in nearly every aspect of the sports industry.

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN SPORTS ADMINISTRATION

In 1973. St. Thomas University pioneered the first undergraduate Sports Administration program in the nation. Developed by a group of nationally recognized sports executives, the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sports Administration blends liberal arts, business, and sports administration courses in a curriculum designed to prepare students for management positions in the sports industry.

Meeting and networking with adjunct professors and guest speakers who represent various sports organizations, is a great benefit of the program. Internships are an integral part of the full educational preparation for a management position in sports. They can be completed locally, from the vast number of opportunities, while taking the required coursework.

The BA program requires one hundred and twenty (120) credit hours, including thirty three (33) hours of Sports Administration major courses. Multiple majors, minors, or transfer credits can be accommodated with the BA. Refer to the Undergraduate Catalog for a complete description of the curriculum.

Featured Professors

  • Dr. Ted Abernethy, Director of Sports Administration programs. Over 20 years of experience
  • Dr. Seok-ho Song, Sports Administration Professor and Advisor. Over 10 years of experience.
  • Dr. Bob Epling, Sports Administration Professor and Advisor. Over 20 years of experience.

For questions, contact Ted Abernethy, Program Director, at 305-628-6630

Career Outcomes

Management positions in the following organizations: NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, ATP, WTA, PGA, LPGA, MLS, NASL, NASCAR, NCAA, NAIA, as well as various events, governing organizations, and manufacturers in the sports industry.

Admission Requirements

Refer to the Undergraduate Catalog to see admission requirements.

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BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION IN SPORTS ADMINISTRATION

The St. Thomas University Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Sports Administration degree is designed for students who desire a management-oriented degree in the field of Sports Administration. The BBA program provides a balance between the quantitative and qualitative aspects of management. The curriculum provides a basic knowledge in the core areas of business, with a specialization in sports administration.

Meeting and networking with adjunct professors and guest speakers who represent various sports organizations, is a great benefit of the program. Internships are an integral part of the full educational preparation for a management position in sports. They can be completed locally, from the vast number of opportunities, while taking the required coursework.

The BBA program requires one hundred and twenty (120) credit hours, including forty five (45) hours of Business core courses and thirty three (33) hours of Sports Administration major courses. Refer to the Undergraduate Catalog for a complete description of the curriculum.

Featured Professors

  • Dr. Ted Abernethy, Director of Sports Administration programs. Over 20 years of experience
  • Dr. Seok-ho Song, Sports Administration Professor and Advisor. Over 10 years of experience.
  • Dr. Bob Epling, Sports Administration Professor and Advisor. Over 20 years of experience.

For questions, contact Ted Abernethy, Program Director, at 305-628-6630

Career Outcomes

Management positions in the following organizations: NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, ATP, WTA, PGA, LPGA, MLS, NASL, NASCAR, NCAA, NAIA, as well as various events, governing organizations, and manufacturers in the sports industry.

Admissions Requirements

Refer to the Undergraduate Catalog to see admission requirements.

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MASTER OF SCIENCE IN SPORTS ADMINISTRATION

The Master of Science (MS) in Sports Administration is designed for students who desire a career in the management of sports. The curriculum blends traditional management with sports business courses to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing sports industry. The complex nature of today’s sports world has increased the need for professionally prepared sports administrators.

Meeting and networking with adjunct professors and guest speakers who represent various sports organizations, is a great benefit of the program. Internships are an integral part of the full educational preparation for a management position in sports. They can be completed locally, from the vast number of opportunities, while taking the required coursework.

The MS program requires thirty (30) credit hours, including three (3) hours of internship credit. Courses are offered in five 9-week terms during a calendar year. All courses are three (3) hours of credit. The MS curriculum enables full-time students to complete the degree in just one year.

  • Dr. Ted Abernethy, Director of Sports Administration programs. Over 20 years of experience
  • Dr. Seok-ho Song, Sports Administration Professor and Advisor. Over 10 years of experience.
  • Dr. Bob Epling, Sports Administration Professor and Advisor. Over 20 years of experience.

For questions, contact Ted Abernethy, Program Director, at 305-628-6630

Career Opportunities

Management positions in the following organizations: NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, ATP, WTA, PGA, LPGA, MLS, NASL, NASCAR, NCAA, NAIA, as well as various events, governing organizations, and manufacturers in the sports industry.

Graduate business courses are $782 dollars per credit hour. The 30 credit MS program is one of the most affordable and time-effective programs available.

Curriculum

Required Courses

MAN 503 Applied Research Methods
MAN 703 Human Resource Management/SPO 510 Sports Ethics
SPO 717 Seminar/Principles of Sports Administration
SPO 719 Legal Aspects of Sports Administration
SPO 790 Supervised Internship

Guided Electives

Choose five of the following courses
MAN 510 Management Ethics
MAN 700 Organizational Behavior
MAN 703 Human Resource Management
SPO 510 Sports Ethics
SPO 540 Sports Media and Public Relations
SPO 543 Sports Financial Management
SPO 544 Sports Marketing and Promotions
SPO 546 Facility and Event Management
SPO 547 Principles of Leisure Services
SPO 548 Sports Psychology
SPO 549 Athletic Fundraising
SPO 551 Negotiation in the Sports Industry
SPO 552 Governance of Intercollegiate Athletics
SPO 750 Issues in Sports Administration
SPO 755 Special Topics in Sports Administration
SPO 789 Directed Readings

Other Business and/or Management electives as available

Admissions Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • 2-page goal statement
  • Interview with faculty members

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MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION IN SPORTS ADMINISTRATION

The St. Thomas University Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Sports Administration degree is designed for students who are currently in, or plan to enter, responsible positions of management in sports. The MBA program provides a balance between the quantitative and qualitative aspects of management. The curriculum provides a basic knowledge in the core areas of business, with a specialization in sports administration.

Meeting and networking with adjunct professors and guest speakers who represent various sports organizations, is a great benefit of the program. Internships are an integral part of the full educational preparation for a management position in sports. They can be completed locally, from the vast number of opportunities, while taking the required coursework.

The MBA program requires forty-two (42) credit hours (27 Business, 15 Sports Administration). Courses are offered in five 9-week terms during a calendar year. All courses are three (3) hours of credit. The MBA curriculum enables full-time students to complete the degree program in as few as seven 9-week terms (i.e. less than 18 months).

Featured Professors

  • Dr. Ted Abernethy, Director of Sports Administration programs. Over 20 years of experience
  • Dr. Seok-ho Song, Sports Administration Professor and Advisor. Over 10 years of experience.
  • Dr. Bob Epling, Sports Administration Professor and Advisor. Over 20 years of experience.

For questions, contact Ted Abernethy, Program Director, at 305-628-6630

Career Outcomes

Management positions in the following organizations: NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, ATP, WTA, PGA, LPGA, MLS, NASL, NASCAR, NCAA, NAIA, as well as various events, governing organizations, and manufacturers in the sports industry.

Graduate business courses are $782 dollars per credit hour. The 42 credit MS program is one of the most affordable and time-effective programs available.

Curriculum

Required Business Core Courses

ACC 770 Managerial Accounting
BUS 533 Quantitative Methods for Business
BUS 673 Management Writing and Reporting
BUS 704 Policy, Planning and Strategic Management
BUS 705 Advanced Information Systems
ECO 534 Managerial Economics for Business Decision-Making
FIN 751 Financial Management
MAN 510 Management Ethics / SPO 510 Sports Ethics
MAN 700 Organizational Behavior

Sports Administration Specialization

Required

SPO 717 Seminar/ Principles of Sports Administration
SPO 719 Legal Aspects of Sports Administration

Electives

Choose three of the following courses

SPO 540 Sports Media and Public Relations
SPO 543 Sports Financial Management
SPO 544 Sports Marketing and Promotions
SPO 546 Facility and Event Management
SPO 547 Principles of Leisure Services
SPO 548 Sports Psychology
SPO 549 Athletic Fundraising
SPO 551 Negotiation in the Sports Industry
SPO 552 Governance of Intercollegiate Athletics
SPO 750 Issues in Sports Administration
SPO 755 Special Topics in Sports Administration
SPO 789 Directed Readings
SPO 790 Supervised Internship

Other Business and/or Management electives as available

Admissions Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • 2-page goal statement
  • Interview with faculty members

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JD/MS IN SPORTS ADMINISTRATION AND JD/MBA IN SPORTS ADMINISTRATION

For the law student interested in working as a college athletics compliance officer, sports agent, commissioner of a sports league/conference, or any number of other sports-related legal careers, the JD/MS or JD/MBA in Sports Administration is an excellent choice. Students receive a first-rate legal education through the STU School of Law, right here on campus, while taking specialized sports administration classes towards their master's degree. The sports administration curriculum provides students with the unique skills necessary for success in this area through courses such as sports financial management, sports marketing, sports media/public relations, and athletic fundraising.

Featured Professors

  • Dr. Ted Abernethy, Director of Sports Administration programs. Over 20 years of experience
  • Dr. Seok-ho Song, Sports Administration Professor and Advisor. Over 10 years of experience.
  • Dr. Bob Epling, Sports Administration Professor and Advisor. Over 20 years of experience.

For questions, contact Ted Abernethy, Program Director, at 305-628-6630

Career Outcomes

Management positions in the following organizations: NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, ATP, WTA, PGA, LPGA, MLS, NASL, NASCAR, NCAA, NAIA, as well as various events, governing organizations, and manufacturers in the sports industry.

Curriculum

Nine (9) credits from the law school will be substituted towards completion of the MBA or MS in Sports Administration. Conversely, 13 credits from the MBA or MS in Sports Administration will be substituted towards completion of the JD. Refer to the MBA and MS curricula for additional requirements.

Admissions Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • 2-page goal statement
  • Interview with faculty members

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DOCTOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION IN SPORTS MANAGEMENT

The Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) in Sports Administration is designed to prepare individuals for management positions in the sports industry and faculty positions in higher education. The degree program prepares graduates in a Business and Sports background, as well as establishing a strong research base. The program requires completion of 90 credit hours of graduate level course work beyond the baccalaureate degree. It is perfect for doctoral candidates who have earned a Masters of Business Administration or a Master’s degree in Sports Administration/Management.

Featured Professors

  • Dr. Ted Abernethy, Director of Sports Administration programs. Over 20 years of experience
  • Dr. Seok-ho Song, Sports Administration Professor and Advisor. Over 10 years of experience.
  • Dr. Bob Epling, Sports Administration Professor and Advisor. Over 20 years of experience.

For questions, contact Ted Abernethy, Program Director, at 305-628-6630

Career Outcomes

The sports field has a need for more qualified professionals with a strong business background. The DBA in Sports Administration curriculum provides professional preparation for management and leadership positions with professional sports teams, intercollegiate athletics, and higher education. Most Masters and Doctoral programs in Sports Administration/Management do not provide their graduates with Business Administration credentials. Additionally, most MBA programs do not provide their graduates with Sports Administration/Management credentials. Therefore, our DBA curriculum will make our graduates uniquely qualified in the field.

Curriculum

Research Requirments

BUS 801: Quantitative Research in Business Administration
BUS 802: Qualitative Research in Business Administration
BUS 803: Theory in Business Research
BUS 804: Research Design in Business Administration

Doctoral Dissertation

SPO 810: Doctoral Dissertation I (1 – 6 credits)
SPO 811: Doctoral Dissertation II (1 – 6 credits)
SPO 812: Doctoral Dissertation II (1 – 6 credits)
SPO 813: Doctoral Dissertation IV
SPO 814: Doctoral Dissertation V
SPO 815: Doctoral Dissertation VI

Business Administration Requirements

Preparatory Courses (if needed)

ACC 500: Fundamentals of Accounting (1 credit)
ECO 500: Fundamentals of Economics (1 credit)
BUS 500: Fundamentals of Statistics (1 credit)

Business Administration Core

ACC 770: Managerial Accounting
BUS 670: Advanced Operations Management
BUS 704: Policy, Planning and Strategy Systems
BUS 705: Advanced Information Systems
BUS 750: Marketing Management
ECO 534: Managerial Economics for Business Decision-Making
FIN 751: Financial Management
MAN 510/ SPO 510: Management Ethics OR Sports Ethics
MAN 700: Organizational Behavior

Sports Administration Requirements

Sports Administration Core (12 credits)

SPO 717: Seminar/Principles of Sports Administration
SPO 719: Legal Aspects of Sports Administration
SPO 750: Issues in Sports Administration
SPO 755: Special Topics in Sports Administration

Sports Administration Electives (15 credits)

SPO 510: Sports Ethics
SPO 540: Sports Media and Public Relations
SPO 543: Sports Financial Management
SPO 544: Sports Marketing and Promotions
SPO 547: Principles of Leisure Services
SPO 548: Sports Psychology
SPO 549: Athletic Fundraising
SPO 551: Negotiation in the Sports Industry
SPO 552: Governance of Intercollegiate Athletics
SPO 789: Directed Readings
SPO 790: Supervised Internship I

Electives (6 credits)

(Choose two from any graduate ACC, BUS, ECO, FIN, MAN or SPO course)

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED: 90 CREDITS


Admissions Requirements

  • A completed and signed Application for Admission.
  • Official college and/or university transcripts from the institution(s) where the previous degree(s) was(were) conferred.
  • Two letters of recommendation or recommendation forms (letters of recommendation forms can be obtained online at www.stu.edu or from the Office of Admissions).
  • Personal Goal Statement and Resume or Curricular Vitae.
  • A minimum 3.25 GPA from the previous institution(s) attended.
  • A minimum score on the following standardized tests is required: GRE 154 Q., 154 V. GMAT 600*

For applicants who do not meet the GPA and GRE requirements, demonstration of appropriate work experience, including five years of progressive professional, technical, or executive experience documented on the required resume will be considered in the admissions review process.

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SPORTS ADMINISTRATION - GRADUATE BUSINESS CERTIFICATE

The Graduate Certificate in Sports Administration is available to individuals who wish to acquire additional credentials to pursue a career in the management of sports. A graduate business certificate broadens a student’s knowledge and skills by completing four courses in an area of specialization.

The Graduate Certificate in Sports Administration requires twelve (12) credit hours. Courses are offered in five 9-week terms during a calendar year. All courses are three (3) hours of credit. The 4-course curriculum enables students to complete the certificate in as little as one semester.

  • Dr. Ted Abernethy, Director of Sports Administration programs. Over 20 years of experience
  • Dr. Seok-ho Song, Sports Administration Professor and Advisor. Over 10 years of experience.
  • Dr. Bob Epling, Sports Administration Professor and Advisor. Over 20 years of experience.

For questions, contact Ted Abernethy, Program Director, at 305-628-6630

Career Outcomes

Management positions in the following organizations: NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, ATP, WTA, PGA, LPGA, MLS, NASL, NASCAR, NCAA, NAIA, as well as various events, governing organizations, and manufacturers in the sports industry.

Curriculum

Choose 4 courses from the following

SPO 717 Seminar/Principles of Sports Administration
SPO 719 Legal Aspects of Sports Administration
SPO 790 Supervised Internship
SPO 510 Sports Ethics
SPO 540 Sports Media and Public Relations
SPO 543 Sports Financial Management
SPO 544 Sports Marketing and Promotions
SPO 546 Facility and Event Management
SPO 547 Principles of Leisure Services
SPO 548 Sports Psychology
SPO 549 Athletic Fundraising
SPO 551 Negotiation in the Sports Industry
SPO 552 Governance of Intercollegiate Athletics
SPO 750 Issues in Sports Administration
SPO 755 Special Topics in Sports Administration
SPO 789 Directed Readings
Other Business and/or Management electives as available

Admissions Requirements

  • Online Application
  • Resume
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts
  • 2-page goal statement
  • Interview with faculty members

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