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. 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 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.


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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