Master of Science in Sports Administration
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 1972, St. Thomas University has long been a recognized leader in the business of sports. Our network of over 1500 alumni (Bachelors, Masters, JD, DBA) have careers in nearly every aspect of the sports industry.
Students who earn an MS in Sports Administration from St. Thomas University will be fully prepared for a number of career possibilities in a variety of organizations, including professional sports teams, college athletics departments, sports media and marketing, merchandising, leisure and recreational services, and more.
Management positions available 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. Some notable career paths include:
- President / CEO / General Manager
- Executive Vice President
- Vice President
- Chief Financial Officer
- Chief Revenue Officer
- Athletic Director
- Sports Information Director
- Fundraising/Major Gifts Director
- Business Operations Manager
- Marketing Director
- Facilities Director
- Sports and Wellness Director
- Financial Management Director
- Parks and Recreation Director
- Sports Advertising Sales Director
- Fully on-campus or online program
- Year-round enrollment
- No GRE or GMAT
- Evening classes available
- Earn your degree in as little as 12-15 months
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The Master of Science in Sports Administration offers six start terms throughout the year. Contact the Office of Graduate Admissions to learn more.
Admission to the MS.SA program requires a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, with the following required coursework or equivalents:
- A completed and signed university Application for Admission
- Official college and/or university baccalaureate transcripts from the institution where the degree was conferred
- An undergraduate degree with a GPA of 2.75 or higher
MS in Sports Administration: 30 credits
Required Courses: 15 credits
- MAN 503 Applied Research Methods: 3 credits
- SPO 510 Sports Ethics: 3 credits
- SPO 717 Seminar/Principles of Sports Administration: 3 credits
- SPO 719 Legal Aspects of Sports Administration: 3 credits
- SPO 790 Supervised Internship: 3 credits
Guided Electives chosen from: 15 credits
- SPO 506 Sports Tourism Development: 3 credits
- SPO 540 Sports Media and Public Relations: 3 credits
- SPO 543 Sports Financial Management: 3 credits
- SPO 544 Sports Marketing and Promotions: 3 credits
- SPO 546 Facility and Event Management: 3 credits
- SPO 547 Principles of Leisure Services: 3 credits
- SPO 548 Sports Psychology: 3 credits
- SPO 549 Athletic Fundraising: 3 credits
- SPO 551 Negotiation in the Sports Industry: 3 credits
- SPO 552 Governance of Intercollegiate Athletics: 3 credits
- SPO 750 Issues in Sports Administration: 3 credits
- SPO 755 Special Topics in Sports Administration: 3 credits
- SPO 789 Directed Readings: 3 credits
- SPO 791 Supervised Internship II: 3 credits
- Other Business and/or Management electives as available
For graduation, students need to earn a B or better in every course and attain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Individual advising and answers to questions about courses are available by contacting the Program Coordinator.
Nationally, we have many highly placed alumni in professional, collegiate, and amateur sports. Counted among our many Spo-Ad success stories are Al Avila, VP/General Manager for the Detroit Tigers; Teresa Resch, VP of Basketball Operations & Player Development for the Toronto Raptors, Michael Kelly, Director of Athletics for the University of South Florida (former CEO for the College Football Playoff and Super Bowl Host Committee); Patrick Lindsey, Operations Manager for the PGA Tour; and Dave Gettleman, General Manager for the New York Giants.
Al Avila ’86, general manager of the Detroit Tigers, has been with the Tigers for 15 years. Under his leadership, the Tigers have won the American League Pennant in 2006 and 2012, and won four straight AL Central titles from 2011-2014
Andy Elisburg ’89, general manager and senior vice president of operations for the Miami Heat, joined the franchise in its inaugural 1988 season. For the past 21 years, he has been working in basketball operations, and has played an integral role in salary cap planning and basketball operations management, while overseeing the day-to-day operations at American Airlines Arena.
Dave Gettleman ’86, general manager of the New York Giants, has been a part of seven Super Bowl teams, including three winners. He was with Buffalo in 1990 and 1991, Denver in 1997, the Giants in 2000, 2007 and 2011, and Carolina in 2015. The Broncos and the 2007 and 2011 Giants both won the championship.