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MBA/MSA Dual-Degree Option

The two-year MBA/MSA option prepares students for leadership positions by combining the business teaching of the Ohio University MBA program with sport-specific knowledge during the MSA program. The MBA program was recognized in BusinessWeek’s 2009 List for Best Business Programs. In total, the MBA/MSA option is a 21 month, 71 semester hour program.

The MBA Program

Students are enrolled in Ohio University’s One-year MBA program. The MBA program begins when the students enter the program, and involves a lock-stepped, three-semester academic program, consisting of 42 credit hours. The accelerated pace of the MBA program consists of courses on accounting, finance, strategy, management, marketing, and other areas to give each student a comprehensive understanding of business concepts. The program uses a cohort structure, focuses on career-applicable projects, and helps expand student skills with professional development seminars. 

The MSA Program

The students simultaneously enter the sports administration portion of the program upon arrival on campus. The MSA program requires the completion of 36-credit hours. Students take the required courses  Research in Sports Administration, Sports Governance/Law, and a spring-quarter Capstone course.  The remainder of credits comes from elective courses such as Sports & Consumers, Sponsorship in Sports, Facility Management, Revenue Generation in Sports, Athletic Fundraising, and Intercollegiate Athletics Governance, among others.  Many students chose to take graduate-level courses outside of Sports Administration to enhance their skill sets, including Desktop Publishing, Coaching Education, and Higher Education Administration.

The freedom to choose classes allows students to focus on building further foundations and knowledge needed in their desired career. Students may choose to concentrate on sports management, journalism, marketing, facility and event management, or other specialties.

Learning also take places outside the classroom as students work on class projects, such as the program’s annual alumni symposium and Race for a Reason, the event held each year featuring a 5K run, mudrun and a triathalon.  Many also choose to pursue work opportunities during the second year. In recent years, students have interned at the Baseball Winter Meetings, the Super Bowl, the Orange Bowl, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the US Tennis Clay Court Championships, and the NCAA Soccer Championships.


During the final (summer) semester, the dual-degree students complete sports industry internships, which satisfy 3 credit requirement of the MSA program. Internship opportunities have been provided by more than 400 different organizations throughout the world, including professional teams, corporate services, sports facilities, arenas, and collegiate programs. For more information regarding internships, please see the internship link.

MSA Only Option

Prospective students with a previous graduate degree (e.g. law, business or other approved graduate degree) or significant industry-related experience may be considered for the one-year MSA program. The MSA only option requires the completion of 36 credit hours.  Individual programs can be tailored to each student’s needs, experience, and career goals. Courses are chosen from the same Sports Administration offerings as the dual-degree seeking students, in addition to outside electives.

For more information about the one-year MSA program, please contact the Sports Administration office at (740) 593-4666 or at