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Double Degree Programs

Ohio University has partnered with the University of Bayreuth (UBT) in Germany and Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, to offer you two incredible opportunities to earn two bachelor’s degrees within the regular four-year period of your undergraduate studies. All of this while gaining invaluable international experience, completing internship requirements, and establishing an international network of professional contacts in the sports industry.

Ohio University students will spend one year in residence at either the University of Bayreuth or Deakin University, typically during their junior year. University of Bayreuth and Deakin University students will spend two years at Ohio University and two years at their respective universities. This provides a completely immersive, hands-on experience for all students enrolled in a double degree program.

Who Can Apply?

  • OHIO students currently enrolled in the sport management degree program.
  • Students are selected based on application materials and other criteria.

How to Apply

Current OHIO Students

Current OHIO students enrolled in the sport management degree program may apply for a Double Degree program anytime in their first or second year of enrollment at OHIO. Contact the program director for more information.

UBT and Deakin Students

UBT and Deakin students apply to OHIO during their first year of enrollment. Contact the program director for more information.

Double Degree Program Application 


Germany Director

Dr. B. David Ridpath, Ed.D.
Associate Professor of Sports Business
Director of the Ohio/Bayreuth Double Degree Program
Muck COB Annex, 314
740.593.9496 (work), 740.677.2642 (cell) 

Australia Director

Matthew Cacciato
Executive in Residence; Director, MSA Program; Executive Director, Center for Sports Administration;
Muck 304


Additional Contact

Stephanie Sharp, M.A.
Director of Operations and Student Development
Center for International Business Education and Development (CIBED)
601 Copeland Hall | Athens, OH 45701