Since introducing a Master of Sports Administration (MSA) degree in 1966, Ohio University has long been recognized as the birthplace of sports education. Today, the College of Business, through the Department of Sports Administration, offers coursework leading to the Professional Master of Sports Administration degree in a manageable online format designed to meet the needs of practicing sports professionals. This 21-month online program will require three residencies on Ohio University’s Athens campus. ??

In this program, students will gain:
  • The ability to connect classroom knowledge to professional experiences
  • A deeper understanding of critical issues in the sports industry
  • Sales, management, and marketing skills for senior level positions
  • The ability to manage sport within a diverse, global environment
  • Awareness of challenges facing today’s facility managers and special events producers
  • Knowledge of a variety of research methods to address managerial issues in the sports industry
  • Interaction with on campus MBA/MSA students
Application oriented learning and extensive project work are central to the Professional MSA. Individuals are given the tools necessary to prepare them for making decisions across a range of specializations in today's complex sports business environment. The following links provide detailed information about its curriculum, admission and application procedure, and frequently asked questions.

“I have no doubt that the Professional MSA degree at Ohio University will become the standard of excellence with online education in our industry.  I look forward to being involved with the students and the program.”

- Jeremy Foley (‘76)
University of Florida Athletic Director

“I believe Ohio University has put together a program with the new Professional MSA degree that will set the bar for online sports business education and I look forward to being involved."

- Derrick Hall (‘93)
Arizona Diamondbacks President & CEO
For more information about the Ohio University Professional MSA program, please contact:

Center for Sports Administration
Dr. Heather Lawrence
Ohio University
CSC 001M
Athens, Ohio 45701
Phone: (740) 593-4666

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Department of Sports Administration
CSC 001
Athens, Ohio 45701

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Fax: 740-593-0539