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Create a Winning Career with the OMSA

Upon completing the Online Master of Sports Administration degree, you'll have the breadth of knowledge to pursue a range of leadership roles in industries such as college athletics, professional sports, sports media, and more. You will understand and apply business concepts, trends, principles, and theories that broaden your horizon, and examine the diverse issues that are encountered by sports executives.

  • Earn average salaries over $65,0001
  • Position yourself for athletic director, VP and C-suite careers

What Can You Do with an Online Master in Sports Administration?

The OMSA is your ticket to in-demand career options thanks to the master's level knowledge of critical sports business functions you will gain in the program.

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  • Marketing Manager Average Salary


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  • Director of Ticket Operations


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Rise to Leadership in Sports Administration

At Ohio University, we work with students to create layered, comprehensive and diverse experiences that build the know-how and character it takes to disrupt, impact, and lead any business.

Upon completing your degree, your education will empower you to pursue a range of leadership roles in college athletics, professional sports, sports media, and more. Ohio University has a long tradition of preparing professionals for meaningful career advancement. When you graduate, you will be prepared to pursue new opportunities in the sport business world or level up in your current organization.

  • Join more than 1,900 alumni employed in key, high-level positions across the sport industry.
  • Average sports management salary for someone with a master's degree is $69,239 per year and can range from $42,000 to about $133,000 per year.5
"I chose Ohio University because of its top-ranked sports management program. The rigorous academic curriculum coupled with real-world application and the most distinguished alumni network in the industry make the OHIO PMSA program simply the best in sports business." —Chad Brinker Pro Scout, Green Bay Packers

Program Outcomes and Skills Acquired

What You'll Learn

  • An understanding of sports business knowledge across business disciplines.
  • Professional abilities that are relevant to the sports business professions.
  • The ability to formulate decisions using sports business principles, methods, trends, and best practices.

Skills You'll Gain

  • The ability to deliver solutions for effective operations of sport facilities and events.
  • The ability to integrate various sport governance structures with legal implications to inform decision-making and policy development.
  • The ability to generate revenue using advanced sports marketing, finance, and sales strategies.
  • The ability to construct research instruments to validate or forecast data outcomes that can solve sports business problems.
  • The ability to develop and deliver multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of different audiences.
  • The ability to lead and collaborate with people of different backgrounds to form new sports business ideas, strategies, and decisions.

Career Services

Ohio University's Business Academic Advising & Career Services offers a variety of expert, personalized career services specifically for business students and alumni. With OHIO's Career Acceleration Team (GradCAT), you will also have access to four months of support from a dedicated team that includes a personal career coach, a branding expert and a career concierge. Our alumni benefit from a proprietary technology platform and one free coaching session each year – for life.

Personalized Career Coaching

We offer convenient, live coaching via video conference or by phone to help you prepare for career success and maximize your professional potential. We help you determine your career goals, then ensure you have the resources you need to achieve them.

Job Search Resources

Put your best foot forward and stand out to employers with helpful templates, detailed best-practice guidelines and more. We also offer job search tools like personal assessments, professional development webinars and online resources that can be accessed anywhere, anytime through our industry-leading technology platform.

Professional Development Sessions

OHIO students can also participate in free professional development sessions led by industry experts. These live, virtual sessions cover topics like career self-concept, basic job search skills, and how to qualify for promotions and prepare for leadership opportunities.


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  4. "Operations Director Salary in the United States".
  5. "Sports Management Pay FAQ," Glass Door. Retrieved March 20, 2023 from,17.htm.
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