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Sport Management

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).

COSMAOur 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.

The Department of Sports Administration continually evaluates its undergraduate and graduate curricula in order to maintain its status as a leader in sport management education. Below, are the learning outcomes that guide DSA curricular decision making. These learning outcomes are tied to the overall learning outcomes of the College of Business and drive the course level learning outcomes in DSA classes. The learning outcomes were changed from those used in AY2012-2014 and the data gathering for AY2015-2016 will incorporate the new learning objectives. This transition is due to the new Bachelor of Sport Management degree from the previous Bachelor of Sport Science degree. The new learning outcomes will be embedded in the new BSM courses as well as those carried over from the BS degree.

As part of our ongoing efforts, we publish our COSMA information in order to further our efforts and make them known to our stakeholders, our COSMA data can be found here. Data gathered each year for the COSMA annual report (among other data) allows program directors and the DSA chair to address immediate problem areas and develop strategies to address future opportunities and constraints.

Department Learning Outcomes:

  1. To demonstrate a strong knowledge base in sport management core areas.
  2. To demonstrate effective communication through written means.
  3. To demonstrate effective communication through public presentation.
  4. To demonstrate career management skills.
  5. To demonstrate critical thinking skills appropriate for the sport industry.
  6. To demonstrate effective information literacy related to the sport industry.
  7. To demonstrate skills necessary to live in a diverse, global society.
  8. To demonstrate effective team participation.
  9. To demonstrate ethical reasoning skills.

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