MSA class of 2010

Ohio University's Master of Sports Administration Program class of 2010

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Ohio University offers new Professional Master of Sports Administration program

College of Business to host new online degree

Ohio University's College of Business and Department of Sports Administration will introduce a new Professional Master of Sports Administration (MSA) program in the fall of 2010. The 21-month online program will include a practical curriculum consisting of 11 courses, two applied projects and three residencies (three-day weekends) on the Athens campus of Ohio University that will be spread out over the duration of the program.

The online format of the Professional MSA program will bring sports business executives from around the world together with a meaningful curriculum. The manageable online format will be designed to meet the needs of practicing sports professionals with at least three years experience in the field.

Heather Lawrence, assistant professor of sports administration, will be the director of the program.

"I am excited to have this opportunity and look forward to working closely with the students throughout their two years in the program," Lawrence said. "I believe OHIO will provide the students with a unique curriculum and experience that will enrich their existing knowledge in sports."  

Since introducing a MSA degree in 1966, Ohio University has long been recognized as the birthplace of sports education. With more than 1,100 MSA alumni working in the sports business industry, the Professional MSA program will expand the university's role as the leader in sports education.

By providing an online format for working individuals in the field, the program will offer a new platform that connects on-campus MBA/MSA students with industry professionals.

"As we continue to build a connection with the sports business industry through our Center for Sports Administration, this exciting new online program will play a key role in extending the Ohio University brand in sports education," Lawrence said.  

For more information regarding the new Professional MSA program, please contact the Ohio University Center for Sports Administration at 740-593-4666 or visit