Today there are hundreds of sports administration programs. In 1966 there was only one.
“I was prepared to begin my career in the sports industry because of my experience at Ohio University. I cannot speak highly enough of the program. The classes and projects prepared me for my daily responsibilities and the friendships I formed will last a lifetime. The internship opportunities played a key role in landing my first job after graduation and have given me the skills to develop into the professional I am today.”
Mary Lambert, '13
Ohio University has been paving the way for nearly 50 years, making the dream of a career in the business of sports a reality for thousands of proud alumni.
And we continue to lead the way. The Department of Sports Administration is a part of the College of Business, a clear advantage over other sports programs. Our students have an education grounded in business skills and acumen with applied instruction and work in sport settings. As the sports industry becomes more global and complex, it’s increasingly important that graduates understand the integration of the special nature of sports, management theory, and administrative principles.
The undergraduate sport management program at Ohio University will give you the academic preparation and practical training required for success in the sport industry. We believe hands-on experience is the best way to learn, we provide a variety of ways to get you involved and active through our Center for Sports Administration. Our Center for Sports Administration connects students to internships, job opportunities, and unique experiences like the San Diego Consulting Project. Additionally, our student organizations support classroom work by providing volunteer experiences and management of their own events (Sports Business Association, International Sport Agent Organization, Sigma Alpha Sigma Mu, Women In Sports).
Our undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA), a specialized accrediting body that promotes and recognizes excellence in sport management education in colleges at the baccalaureate and graduate levels.
“Our differentiator is the applied nature of our degree. Through faculty experience, industry contacts, alumni, and program reputation, we've been very successful in job and internship placement for our students. It's one thing to have an interest in sport, it is quite another to pursue a career in sport. Our focus is on the career in the business of sport.”
Louis Iglesias, MSA, Assistant Director and Executive-in-Residence, Center for Sports Administration