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Ohio University’s College of Business receives second honor from SportBusiness International

Monday, June 13 2016 12:00am

Professional Master of Sports Administration program ranked #1 online postgraduate sports program.

By Mackenzie O'Dwyer

Ohio University’s College of Business is recognized twice by SportBusiness International for top ranked Master of Sports Administration and Professional MSA programs. The Professional MSA program delivers OHIO’s graduate-level sports administration degree in an online format.

“To receive two high honors from SportBusiness International within one week has been remarkable,” said Hugh Sherman, dean of OHIO’s College of Business. “Our Professional Master of Sports Administration program is designed for sport leaders currently working in the industry. The courses enable students to learn from each other’s experiences as well as immediately apply their class learnings to their jobs; ultimately moving their organizations forward.”

OHIO’s Professional MSA program has been ranked first in the world each year since SportBusiness International began ranking online postgraduate programs four years ago. This global ranking is based on alumni employment, graduates’ salaries and student satisfaction. In recent months, Professional MSA graduates have obtained high-level positions such as the Commissioner of the Big Sky Conference, Manager of Communications at Major League Soccer and Senior Manager - Brands at Wasserman.

“Not only are we incredibly proud of the achievements of our current students working in the industry and our alumni, but they provide unprecedented access to the industry for our on campus MSA and undergraduate students,” said Heather Lawrence-Benedict, founder of OHIO’s Professional MSA program.

As Lawrence-Benedict transitions to her new role as academic director for the College of Business Graduate Programs, OHIO welcomes Greg Sullivan as the new Professional MSA program director.

“I’m excited to join a passionate and student-centered team; one that is dedicated to the success of our students in the sports industry,” said Sullivan. “The program continues to provide practical learning opportunities and residencies to ensure the quality of our online format and in developing the next generation of sport leaders." 

About our program

Ohio University’s Professional Master of Sports Administration program is delivered in a manageable, online format to meet the needs of working sports professionals. The program uses class projects, symposiums, residencies and networking opportunities to provide students with an education that can immediately be applied in the workplace.

The Commission on Sport Management Accreditation, which promotes and acknowledges excellence in sports management education, accredits the MSA/MBA dual-degree, Professional MSA and Bachelor of Sport Management.

To learn more about Ohio University’s Professional MSA program, visit