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Why Choose OHIO's MBA/MSA?

We're #1 in graduate sports business education. Need more reasons?

Ohio University's Master of Sports Administration program is the oldest and the best postgraduate sports business education in the world, according to SportBusiness International. It's evident in the rankings, but more importantly in our alumni success.

We're a highly competitive program, because the sports industry is highly competitive. And our program gives students an edge in the marketplace. 

Our Curriculum

OHIO's MBA/MSA combination is unbeatable in preparing students for careers in the sport industry. This program recognizes the growing complexity of the sports, facility and entertainment industries, and reinforces Ohio University's commitment to preparing students for the leadership challenges of the future. 

The MBA program uses a problem-based learning style, immersing students in collaborative projects and working situations that are commonplace in the business world. Students learn business concepts in a real-life context, and develop skills in communication, collaboration and leadership that are essential for success, while developing their ability to be creative, take initiative and accept personal responsibility for their actions.

The MSA program combines classroom and practical experience to prepare individuals for leadership positions in the sport industry. An interdisciplinary approach gives students the freedom to choose courses of personal interest and build a foundation of knowledge in their desired career fields, all while working with clients on real-world projects that will be used by sports organizations.

Learn more about our curriculum.

SAFM Alumni Network 

More than 85 percent of our 1,400 graduates are employed in key positions within intercollegiate athletics, professional sports, public assembly facilities, sports tours, motor sports, corporate sports organizations, sports media, and the entertainment industries. The loyalty of our alumni and the reputation of the program translate into a wide variety of excellent internship and employment opportunities.

Practical Learning Opportunities 

Learning also take places outside the classroom as students work on class projects, such as the program’s annual alumni symposium and various opportunities offered by the Ohio University Athletic Department.

Our annual MSA capstone course during spring semester is an opportunity for MSA students to apply all of their past experiences to multiple high-level consulting projects in New York City. Past project partners include:

  • National Football League
  • New York Giants
  • New York Jets
  • National Basketball Association
  • National Hockey League
  • Google
  • Roc Nation
  • Genesco Sports & Entertainment

International Diversity 

The program’s reputation has grown on both the national and international levels, attracting students from Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Eqypt, England, India, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mauritius, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Taiwan and Thailand. Our international diversity provides a valuable perspective as the sport industry becomes increasingly globalized.

COSMA Accredited

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. 

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