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. Robert Epling, Associate Professor of Sports Administration 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.


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
MAN 700 Organizational Behavior

Sports Administration Specialization


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


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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