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. Robert Epling, Associate Professor of Sports Administration and Advisor. Over 20 years of experience.

For questions, contact Dr. 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.


Required Courses

MAN 503 Applied Research Methods
MAN 703 Human Resource Management
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
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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