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Online Master of Athletic Administration FAQs

Time and Duration

How fast can I complete the master's in athletic administration program?

Most students complete the program in 20 months. To learn more about the curriculum, view our courses page.

How long do I have to complete the master's in athletic administration program?

This online program is designed for working professionals and adult learners, so flexibility is built into the structure. You can take up to 6 calendar years to complete your degree. To explore the curriculum, view our courses page.

Does the master's in athletic administration program have a full-time option?

This flexible, online program is designed for professionals who work full-time and is only offered on a part-time basis. You will complete one course every seven weeks to earn your MAA degree. To learn more about the curriculum, view our courses page.

Does the master's in athletic administration program have a part-time option?

The online program is designed for professionals who work full time and is offered part time with one class every seven weeks. For more details on what you'll study, visit the curriculum page.

Tuition and Fees

What is the cost-per-credit for the master's in athletic administration program?

Tuition is $605 (Ohio resident) or $624 (non-resident) per credit hour. You can review all tuition costs on the program tuition page.

Does the master's in athletic administration program offer scholarships?

Yes. Ohio University's College of Business is proud to offer scholarships to those seeking to further their education in the online MAA program. If you are an Ohio University alumni, student veteran, active military member or corporate partner you are automatically eligible to receive a scholarship of up to $5,000. Contact our admissions team for more details.

What is the total tuition for the master's in athletic administration program?

Tuition for the master's in athletic administration program is $18,150 for Ohio residents and $18,720 for non-residents. You can review all tuition costs and fees on the program tuition page.

Are there any miscellaneous fees associated with the master's in athletic administration program?

There is a $50 application fee for the online master's in athletic administration program. In addition, books and travel expenses to attend the Athletic Leadership Forum are not included in tuition costs. You can learn more about tuition costs and fees on the program tuition page.

Accreditations and Rankings

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).

Is the master's in athletic administration program ranked?

While there are not program-specific rankings for the MAA, Ohio University is frequently recognized for both value and academic quality by publications like Bloomberg Business Week and U.S. News and World Report. The University was also recently ranked No. 15 among Best Public Business Schools and No. 30 among Best Value Public Universities in America.

Admissions

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.

How do I apply to the master's in athletic administration program?

The first step is to start your application.

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.

When is the application deadline for the master's in athletic administration program?

We offer multiple program intakes per year and are always accepting applications. Our admissions team can help you determine the right start date for you and your academic goals. Contact us to learn more.

What GPA is required for admittance into the master's in athletic administration program?

You will need a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 semester hours to apply. Find more admissions details on the program admissions page.

What are the master's in athletic administration program's admissions requirements?

Requirements include:

  • Completed online application
  • Proof of a 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 of 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 two- to four-page statement of purpose essay
  • Current resume detailing professional experience
  • $50 application fee ($55 for international students)

Contact our enrollment team with any questions you may have about applying.

What are the start dates for the master's in athletic administration program throughout the year?

We offer three program starts per year in January, May and August.

Start your application today.

Curriculum

How many credits are in the master's in athletic administration program?

This program consists of 30 credits. Learn more on the courses page.

How many courses are in the master's in athletic administration program?

You'll complete 11 courses to earn your degree. You can learn more about coursework on the curriculum page.

Does the master's in athletic administration program offer concentrations/specializations/tracks?

There are no concentrations, specializations or tracks associated with this program. We've designed a focused curriculum of essential athletic administration courses that can be completed in just 20 months.

Is the master's in athletic administration program available in a blended/hybrid format (campus & online)?

This program is designed to offer maximum flexibility for working professionals and is only available online. Contact us to learn more.

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.

Are the faculty mostly tenured or adjunct in the master's in athletic administration program?

Courses in this program are led by a combination of adjunct and full-time faculty members. All program faculty have extensive experience in the sports industry, with most having worked as interscholastic athletic directors. In addition, several adjunct faculty have been directly involved in the creation of the NIAAA's Leadership Training Institute.

How long has the master's in athletic administration program been offered online?

We accepted our first MAA students in 2004.

Ohio University proudly celebrates more than 50 years of world-leading sports business education. In 1966, the university established the first specialized academic sports program in the country and has been leading the way ever since.

Career Outlook

What is an athletic administrator?

Athletic administrators oversee a school's entire athletic department. They are responsible for ensuring student-athletes, coaches and staff are supported and have the resources to achieve at a high level. Job responsibilities include budgeting, event management, developing new athletic program offerings and more.

What kind of career can I expect to pursue with the MS in Athletic Administration degree?

The MAA online degree program is designed to prepare teachers, coaches and athletic professionals for a career in middle school or high school athletic administration, specifically as athletic directors. Graduates can also pursue Registered Athletic Administrator, Certified Athletic Administrator and Certified Master Athletic Administrator distinction through the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. Learn more on the careers page.

What is athletic administration certification?

Certification through the NIAAA, including Registered Athletic Administrator, Certified Athletic Administrator and Certified Master Athletic Administrator, demonstrates excellence in the profession of athletic administration and signals to employers that you have achieved a high level of professional knowledge and expertise.

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

Learn more on the courses page.