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Online Master of Science in Athletic Administration

Online Master of Science in Athletic Administration

Prepare to Lead Interscholastic Athletic Programs

Athletic directors play an essential role in supporting students, coaches and staff and helping them succeed on and off the field. You can advance your career as a leader in education-based athletics with Ohio University’s online Master of Science in Athletic Administration (MAA).

As a student, you will benefit from OHIO's five decades of experience in sports education and learn from expert faculty with professional ties to the industry. Study strategic planning, financial administration, facilities and event management, and more. You'll also attend our Athletic Leadership Forum to build your professional network.

online courses

month duration

certification prep
not required
credit hours

Applied Learning Curriculum

Gain the knowledge and skills to excel as a K-12 athletic administrator. The online MAA program features 11 courses that provide real-world experience via applied learning opportunities.

SASM 6320: Foundations of Interscholastic Athletic Administration

This course provides an overview of the foundations of interscholastic athletic administration, covering the roles, responsibilities and professional preparation of the interscholastic athletic director, the purpose of education-based athletic programs and methods for assessing the effectiveness of interscholastic athletic programs.

SASM 6356: Leadership and Ethics in Interscholastic Athletic Administration 

This course applies contemporary management, leadership and ethical theory to interscholastic athletics. This course also discusses leadership roles in interscholastic athletic administration and applying theoretical knowledge to the practical day-to-day leadership needs in interscholastic athletics.


National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators
Association (NIAAA)

C O S M A Accredited

The master’s program in athletic administration is accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA).

  • Online Learning Experience

    No matter what your career goals are, Ohio University can help you get there. We offer a wide range of online graduate programs specifically for professionals who are ready for their next step. Complete focused courses seven weeks at a time and maintain your work and personal responsibilities by studying when and where it's convenient for you. As a student, you'll learn alongside fellow leaders and have access to the same expert faculty and leading-edge curriculum as you would on campus.

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  • Network With the Athletic Community

    All students in the MAA program attend OHIO's on-campus Athletic Leadership Forum to network and connect with fellow students, program faculty and OHIO alumni. This three-day event features guest speakers, panel discussions and workshops relevant to interscholastic athletic directors.

Lead As a Certified Athletic Administrator

With OHIO's online MAA, you can begin a rewarding career leading interscholastic athletic departments at K–12 institutions of any size. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, education administrators like athletic directors earn an average salary of $60,986 at the elementary and secondary levels.1

You can pursue NIAAA certification as a Registered Athletic Administrator and complete leadership training courses toward earning the Certified Athletic Administrator or Certified Master Athletic Administrator distinctions.* These industry-recognized credentials signal to employers that you have the advanced knowledge and specialized skills required to develop thriving interscholastic athletic programs.

Our Rankings

Ohio University ranks among the top higher education institutions globally as rated by the Center for World University Rankings.

  • No. 57 Best Online Master’s in Business Programs (excluding MBA) — U.S. News & World Report
  • No. 25 Best Online Master’s in Business Programs for Veterans (excluding MBA) — U.S. News & World Report

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  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics. Education Administrators, All Other. Retrieved from