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PMSA Curriculum

OHIO's Professional MSA curriculum will make you more adept at navigating the unique challenges of the sport industry. Through the 21-month program, you’ll learn from industry professionals and faculty that are experts in their field and active in the industry to expand your skills and prepare you for an accelerated career trajectory. 

Our Professional MSA curriculum allows students to apply business concepts, principles, and theories to examine issues that are commonly encountered by sport executives. It takes 36-credit hours, which takes five semesters (21 months) to complete.

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  • SASM 6100: Leadership in Sports Administration (3 Credit Hours)
    This course applies contemporary management and leadership theories to sport. An introduction to leadership roles in the sports industry, the courses focuses on applying theoretical knowledge to the practical day-to-day leadership needs of sport organizations. 

  • SASM 6260: Sport Governance and Policy Development (3 Credit Hours)
    Develop an understanding of the governance structure of sport organizations nationally and internationally. Focus on functions, roles, key issues, strategic planning, decision making, and policy development.

  • SASM 6480: Management of Public Assembly Facilities (3 Credit Hours)
    Provides an examination of various aspects of managing public assembly facilities, including planning and production, booking and scheduling, contracts, promotion, ticketing, security, food and beverage, crowd management, event bidding, and event management.

  • BUSL 5650: Sport Law (3 Credit Hours)
    Regulations of amateur athletics, public regulation of sports activities, legal relationships in professional sports, enforcement of professional sports contracts, antitrust aspects of sports activities, liability for injuries in sports activities.

  • SASM 6585: Sport Business Revenue Strategies (4 Credit Hours)
    Provides a foundation in the principles and significance of sales and revenue generation in the business of sport through a mix of theoretical fundamentals and practical application. The course covers key sales and revenue generation elements such as the sport sales process and how to market and manage business assets in sponsorships, media rights, branding and merchandise, concessions, ticket sales, fundraising, and legalized gambling. 

  • SASM 6670: Human Resource Management in Sport Organizations (3 Credit Hours)
    Introduction to human resource management in sport organizations. Participants will address managerial functions in sport organizations, such as communication, staffing, evaluation, training and development, compensation, and motivation.

  • SASM 6700: Financial Administration of Sport (3 Credit Hours)
    Introduction to issues and problems in finance and financial management of sport and recreation organizations. The primary focus of the course will be on planning and financial management.

  • SASM 6850: Introduction to Sport Analytics (4 Credit Hours)
    Provides the fundamental concepts and tools necessary to understand the emerging role of business analytics for making better decisions to advance sport organizations, both on and off the field. Explore how leveraging data can create competitive advantage, learn the analytics language, gain experience evaluating data, and gain knowledge regarding contemporary software options.

  • SASM 6900: Special Topics in Sports Administration / Sports Management (1 Credit Hour taken five times)
    This is a one-credit course that students will take five times throughout the PMSA program. The topics vary depending on the semester offered. Topics have included: introduction to sport business, eSports, and sports gambling/betting.

  • SASM 6990: Capstone Seminar in Sports Administration (3 Credit Hours)
    Designed to examine current trends and issues in the study of sports administration. The field of sports administration is in a dynamic state. New theories, practices, and processes are constantly being developed. Perspectives on these trends and issues will be analyzed by drawing on current literature and research. Focus on performance of the firm as an outcome of strategy in a competitive environment. The objective of this course is to synthesize knowledge gained through experience and previous graduate coursework, and develop advanced understanding of the firm’s behavior in a competitive environment.

Additionally, students will choose one of the following three courses:

  • SASM 6560 Applied Sports Marketing Project (2 Credit Hours)
  • SASM 6575 Applied Sports Sponsorship Project (2 Credit Hours)
  • SASM 6475 Applied Sports Fundraising and Development in ICA (2 Credit Hours)