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PMSA How to Apply

Getting started with your application is easy and we're here to help. Below is a checklist that will walk you step by step through the process. If you have any questions along the way, please contact the Professional MSA Admissions Team at 740-593-2053 or pmsa@ohio.edu.

Application Requirements & Deadlines

Step 1: Online application and transcripts 

Start your application

The online graduate student application allows you to create a password-protected account so you can return to the application, enter information, and upload documents at your convenience.

  • Start your online application
  • When you click on "start new application" you will be asked to choose the appropriate entry term. All PMSA cohorts start in the fall, so you will select “Fall 2022.” The Professional MSA does not have a spring or summer entry term, so if you choose either of those you will get an error message when you choose the Professional MSA on the first page saying that the program is not accepting applications for this term.
  • The non-refundable application fee is $50 for U.S citizens/permanent residents and $55 for international applicants
  • The first page of the application will ask you to select your program. Choose "Master's" for your level of study, and "Online" for your delivery mode. Then select the appropriate program from the "select a graduate program" drop down. “Sports Administration, Professional Program (online) – MSA”
  • The application will ask you to confirm your entry term selection on the next page
  • Continue filling out the application as directed in the application system. Be prepared to upload the below documents in the appropriate sections. You must list all higher education institutions you've attended in the "academic history" section or your application could be cancelled.


Request an official transcript from all institutions of higher education you have attended and arrange for them to be sent to OHIO's Graduate College.

Electronic submission (preferred): Choose “Ohio University” as recipient and use graduate@ohio.edu for email if needed.

Mailing address (if electronic submission is not available):

Graduate College
1 Ohio University
Grosvenor Hall 102
Athens, OH 45701 USA

Transcripts from non-U.S. institutions must be official or registrar-certified and in envelopes sealed by the issuing institution, if possible. Learn more about international transcripts

Step 2: Prepare deliverables 

Recommendation Letters

Arrange for two individuals to submit letters of recommendation on your behalf, including one from your immediate supervisor. Applicants who are self-employed can ask their legal counsel, accountant, or a client to submit letters on their behalf. Letters of recommendation should speak to your level of maturity, leadership qualities, and potential for senior management responsibility, and include the provider’s relationship to you and their complete address and contact information, including a clearly identifiable professional email address.

When prompted on the online application, request that your recommenders be contacted through the online application process for electronic submission of their recommendation letters. You’ll need to enter each individual’s name and email address.


Upload a current professional resume as an attachment to your online application in the supplemental materials section. We're interested in the length of professional experience in the sport industry, demonstrated leadership and management skills, and potential for growth.

Professional Statement

Your professional statement should include your accomplishments, career goals, objectives, and the value of the MSA degree to achieving your career goals. Please also address any weaknesses in your application materials, such as a low GPA. 

Upload this document to your online application in the supplemental materials section. Please limit the length of your statement to no more than two double-spaced pages.

Step 3: Interview and admissions decisions  


Admission to the Professional MSA program is highly competitive and selective. Factors considered in the admission decision include years of experience, strength of recommendation letters, fit, academic and career achievements, and finally a pre-admission interview. Once the application and all supporting documents are on file with the College of Business, selected applicants will be invited for an interview.

Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions are typically made within two weeks of the interview. A letter will be emailed to each applicant from the College of Business, followed by an official letter from the Graduate College.

Ready to Apply?

When you're ready, you can start your application. If you have any questions, we encourage you to contact the Professional MSA Admissions Team at 740-593-2053 or pmsa@ohio.edu. We're available to help Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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