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Build Successful K–12 Athletics Programs and Support Student-Athletes

Online Master's in Athletic Administration

Empower Student-Athletes to Grow and Achieve Through Sports

Ohio University's online Master of Science in Athletic Administration is designed for those currently working as teachers, coaches and athletic professionals. It prepares you to lead interscholastic athletics departments and develop programs that provide a supportive experience for student-athletes and staff.

Our online MAA program is accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) and features a partnership with the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) so you receive the industry-focused education you need to enter the next phase of your career.

With affordable tuition and a 20-month duration, you can achieve your academic goals and get on track to professional advancement quickly. The MAA focuses exclusively on interscholastic athletic administration, emphasizing skills and knowledge specific to your chosen career. Our five decades of experience in sports education and industry-connected faculty ensure you graduate ready to make an impact as an athletic director in any K–12 institution.

Program Benefits

  • Leading online sports business education program
  • COSMA Accredited
  • Extensive alumni network of 1,000-plus members
  • Courses focused on applied learning and best practices
  • Athletic Leadership Forum to build your professional network
20
Months Duration
$605
Ohio Resident, Cost Per Credit
30
Credit Hours
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Lead Interscholastic Athletic Departments

Earning your online master's in athletic administration will prepare you to transition from teaching or coaching into the Athletic Director role in your school or district. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, educational administrators like athletic directors (ADs) earn an average salary of $96,810 at the elementary and secondary levels.1

When you finish your program, you will be qualified to pursue Registered Athletic Administrator certification through the NIAAA.2 You will have also completed 11 Leadership Training Courses that can be applied toward Certified Athletic Administrator and Certified Master Athletic Administrator credentials.*

Career Outlook

Build Field-Specific Skills for Your AD Career

11 Total Courses | 30 Total Credits

The online master's in athletic administration program is designed to help you gain the skills most relevant to interscholastic athletic administration, specifically middle and high school athletic directors. Courses are seven weeks in duration and emphasize project-based learning, in-person experiences and opportunities for live engagement with instructors and peers.

Our NIAAA partnership ensures that industry-aligned leadership concepts are built into your curriculum. After completing the MAA program, you will have applicable credit for 11 Leadership Training Courses.

Course Highlights:

  • SASM 6320 Foundations of Interscholastic Athletic Administration
  • SASM 6355 Marketing in Interscholastic Athletics
  • SASM 6352 Facility and Event Management in Interscholastic Athletic Administration

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No GMAT Required | No prerequisite coursework

To apply to OHIO's online MS in Athletic Administration degree, you will need:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 semester hours
  • Official transcripts for all previously attended undergraduate and graduate institutions
  • Minimum of two years athletic administration or coaching experience at the middle or high school level
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional references with one coming from a current interscholastic athletic administrator
  • A statement of purpose essay
  • Current resume detailing professional experience
  • $50 application fee ($55 for international students)

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Earn a Flexible, Affordable MAA Degree

$18,150 Total Tuition (Resident) | $605 Per Credit (Resident) | Scholarships Available

OHIO is committed to offering affordable, competitive tuition and has been recognized as a best-value university by U.S. News and World Report. In addition, you may be automatically eligible to receive a $5,000 scholarship through the College of Business. Depending on your background, costs and credit hours will differ.

Listed tuition is for estimating purposes only and is subject to change.

Tuition Details

  • Residency Experience

    OHIO provides a dynamic educational experience for our students through a combination of flexible online courses and in-person engagement opportunities. Students attend one on-campus residency during the program. All students in the MAA program attend the on-campus Athletic Leadership Forum to network and connect with fellow students, program faculty and OHIO alumni. This three-day event features guest speakers, panel discussions and workshops relevant to athletic directors at the K–12 level.

  • Online Learning at OHIO

    Ohio University has a long tradition of offering online programs specifically designed for the modality and created for working professionals. Our online students complete engaging, comprehensive coursework that combines the academic excellence and experience-based learning of a traditional program with all the flexibility and convenience of online study.

    With asynchronous courses and part-time scheduling (one course per seven weeks), you can earn your degree while maintaining your current work and personal commitments. Virtual office hours give you the opportunity to connect with peers and faculty. Access your coursework 24/7 and complete your assignments on a schedule that fits your life.

What You'll Learn

When you finish your program, you'll have competencies in the following essential interscholastic athletic administration knowledge areas:

  • Sport law
  • Sport risk management
  • Sport marketing
  • Sport finance
  • Interscholastic sport human resources
  • Interscholastic sport governance
  • Professional skills and abilities
  • Interscholastic athletic leadership

Program Outcomes

After completing OHIO's online MAA degree, you will be able to:

  • Summarize and discuss legal issues and challenges facing IAA.
  • Develop a plan to manage risks associated with sport facilities and events.
  • Develop a plan to market and publicize an interscholastic athletic program and a major interscholastic sport event.
  • Analyze an interscholastic sport budget and propose a plan to increase the revenue side of the budget.
  • Construct an appropriate process for hiring and evaluating a diverse interscholastic athletic coaching staff.
  • Identify all appropriate governing bodies associated with interscholastic sport and outline major policies with those organizations.
  • Demonstrate professional skills and abilities relevant to the sports business profession.
  • Articulate your personal leadership style and philosophy and how that style correlates to leading a successful interscholastic athletic program.
  • Develop and deliver multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.

Faculty Spotlight

Aaron Wright, CAA

Director of the Master of Athletic Administration Program

Aaron Wright is an associate professor of instruction in the Department of Sports Administration at Ohio University. He served as director of the online master’s in athletic administration program from 2010 to 2015, and he returned to that role in 2021. Aaron became an OHIO faculty member in 2005 and taught in the undergraduate sport management program from 2005 to 2009. He also served for three years as undergraduate coordinator for the sport management program.

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Learn From Leading Experts

Faculty in the online master's in athletic administration program have extensive experience in the sports industry. Most have worked as athletic directors, and several adjunct faculty members were directly involved in the creation of the NIAAA Leadership Training Institute. Many continue to teach leadership training courses at national and state conferences. Their valuable industry insights inform coursework and class assignments to ensure you're developing the most applicable skill sets for your K–12 athletic administration career.

As a student, you'll benefit from:

  • Personalized attention 
  • Individualized mentorship and support
  • Career guidance throughout the program
  • Industry-connected faculty to broaden your professional network
  • Individual career coaching
  • Lifelong career support

Related Programs

  • Sports Administration


    Build cutting-edge sports administration skills to pursue careers in the athletics and entertainment industry. Ohio University is nationally recognized as a leader in sports business education.

Answers to Common Questions

Find answers to common questions about the online program. For information not covered here, our expert admissions team is available to provide additional details and guidance.

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Is the master's in athletic administration program accredited?

Yes. In addition to the College of Business's accreditation through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the MAA has received programmatic accreditation through the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA). This program also has a partnership with the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA).

Does the master's in athletic administration program require an entrance exam like the GMAT or GRE?

No entrance exams are required for admission. You can learn more about what you'll need to apply to the online MAA program on the admissions page.

Does the master's in athletic administration program require work experience?

Yes, a minimum of two years of athletic administration or coaching experience at the middle or high school level is required for admission to this program. For more information about requirements, visit our admissions page.

Does the master's in athletic administration program have a residency component?

Coursework is delivered 100% online. However, a required three-day Athletic Leadership Forum is held on campus during the summer. This hand-on learning opportunity allows students to network with their peers, program faculty and alumni in person.

How will the MS in Athletic Administration degree prepare me for NIAAA Certification?

After completing the online MAA program, you will have earned credit for the following NIAAA Leadership Training Courses, which are applied toward certification:

  • LTC 501 Guiding Foundations and Philosophies
  • LTC 502 Strategies for Organization Management
  • LTC 503 Enhancing Organization Management
  • LTC 504 Legal issues I (Liability for Sports Injuries & Risk Management)
  • LTC 506 Legal Issues II (Title IX & Sexual Harassment)
  • LTC 508 Legal Issues III (Hazing, Constitutional Law, Disabilities Law & Employment/Labor Law)
  • LTC 511 Concepts and Strategies for Interscholastic Budgeting and Finance Using Excel Spreadsheets
  • LTC 611 Concepts and Strategies for Interscholastic Fundraising, Marketing, Promotions and Booster Clubs
  • LTC 630 Interscholastic Contest Management – Planning, Preparation & Methods
  • LTC 707 Assessment of Interscholastic Athletic Programs and Personnel
  • LTC 719 Athletic Administration: Leadership, Management/Supervision and Decision Making Concepts, Methods and Applications

Sources

  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics. Education Administrators, All Other. Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes119039.htm.
  2. National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. NIAAA Certification. Requirements for Certification. Retrieved from https://members.niaaa.org/page/Certification.