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MBA/MSA Dual Degree
A 2-year program that combines an MBA with a sport-specific MSA

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Master of Sports Administration and Master of Business Administration Dual Degree

We’re #1 in graduate sports business education

OHIO’s two-year MBA/MSA program will prepare you for leadership positions by combining the academically rigorous MBA program with sport-specific knowledge from the MSA program. This dual degree addresses the growing complexity of the sports, facility and entertainment industries, and helps you develop essential skills in communication, collaboration and teamwork.

  • OHIO's MBA/MSA dual-degree is consistently ranked one of the best in the world. 
  • Our curriculum uses a problem-based learning style, combining classroom and practical experience.
  • More than 85 percent of our 1,400 graduates work in key positions within intercollegiate athletics, professional sports, public assembly facilities, sports tours, motor sports, corporate sports organizations, sports media and the entertainment industries.
  • Students in the MBA/MSA program have a unique opportunity to earn two degrees within one program. The total cost of the program is less than $37,000 for Ohio residents, and less than $57,000 for non-Ohio residents.*
  • Our programs are accredited by both the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA).

    Prepare for a Career in the World of Pro Sports

    Introduced 50 years ago, Ohio University’s MBA/MSA degree is the oldest such program and consistently ranked among the best. Our approach blends exceptional classroom instruction with real-world, experiential learning, including class projects, an MSA capstone course in New York City and numerous internship opportunities. Our students have interned at the Super Bowl, the Orange Bowl, Las Vegas Motor Speedway and the NCAA Soccer Championships.


    The AECOM Center for Sports Administration

    The AECOM Center for Sports Administration serves as a resource to solve the increasingly difficult issues facing the industry. Alumni of the program come to the Center with challenges their organizations are facing; current students research solutions to those challenges, increasing their knowledge base while building their own personal networks; and the Center shares their findings with industry professionals. It’s a unique arrangement that benefits everyone.


Two Degrees in One

In our Dual MBA/MSA program, you'll spend your first year in our One-Year MBA program and move on to the MSA from there. The One-Year MBA is experience-heavy, setting its graduates apart in a competitive job market through participation in:

  • live client projects
  • professional development series
  • networking with other students from a diverse set of background areas (everything from medicine to analytics)
  • two-week trip abroad, working with multi-national companies on applied consulting projects

One-Year MBA

Valuable Learning Through Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships provided by the program offer a valuable learning experience. Student roles are varied and offer the opportunity to work 10 hours per week during the MBA year and 20 hours per week during the MSA year. Positions vary and opportunities exist within the College of Business, OHIO Athletics and more. These positions offer funding through partial tuition waivers and stipends.

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Designed for college graduates with some work experience

The two-year MBA/MSA program is designed for college graduates with a few years of real-world work experience. OHIO's College of Business takes a holistic approach to considering a candidate’s application package, which means we'll consider all parts of your application so you have an opportunity to highlight your strengths.

We're Looking For:

  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited institution
  • One to three years of professional sport-related work experience, including internships
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Current resume
  • Official/certified transcripts (sealed) from all institutions of higher education 
  • Professional goals statement
  • GMAT/GRE is not required 
  • TOEFL or IELTS required if English is not your first language

Study in America’s Best College Town

Situated in the rolling hills of Southeast Ohio (it’s surprisingly beautiful here), Athens is a small but eclectic city with a great local food and brews scene, plenty of parks, lakes, bike trails and national forests for the outdoor enthusiast, and drivable access to Ohio’s capital in Columbus.

*Pending Board of Trustees approval. Optional fees and student health insurance costs are not included.