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Online Sports Administration Graduate Degrees

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Become a Leader in Sport Business or Interscholastic Athletics

Leveraging five decades of experience in sports education, Ohio University's programs prepare you for the next step in your athletics career.

With the online Master of Athletic Administration, you'll gain the skills to become an Athletic Director for K-12 student-athletes. Our program is ideal for teachers, coaches and athletic professionals seeking a middle school or high school athletic administration career.

With the online Master of Sports Administration, you can advance in sport business, college athletics, professional sports and more. This #1 Online Best Sports Management Graduate Program1 strengthens your expertise and allows you to build successful business leadership skills. 

  • More than 85% of 3,000+ graduates are employed in key positions across the sports industry.
  • #1 in OH for Online Education
  • Providing over 50 years of world-leading sports business education.
  • The Career & Student Success Center offers a variety of expert, personalized career services specifically for business students and alumni.

Sports and Athletic Administration Programs at Ohio University

When you earn the online Master of Sports Administration (OMSA) degree or the online Master's in Athletic Administration (MAA) degree, you strengthen the skills you need to build a successful career. Tailor your experience toward K–12 athletics, college athletics, professional sports, sports media and more. 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.

Online Master of Sports Administration

  • 100% online + residency experience options
  • Duration: 21 months
  • Credit hours: 36

Gain the industry-specific credentials and network in this COSMA-accredited degree to take the next step in your sport business career.

Online Master's in Athletic Administration

  • 100% online coursework
  • Duration: 20 months
  • Credit hours: 30

This COSMA-accredited degree features an NIAAA-aligned curriculum that prepares you for certification as an interscholastic athletic administrator.

  • 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 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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  • About the College of Business

    Ohio University's College of Business offers industry-driven online programs built for leaders and working professionals. With more than 90 years of experience delivering business education, we are consistently recognized for academic excellence, affordability and more. When you learn with us, you will unlock the benefits of an innovative education designed for today's global business world.


    Our Mission

    We inspire innovators who strategically create value. We motivate leaders who serve with grit and determination. We nurture self-aware citizens who better the world of business.

A Comprehensive Approach to Sports Leadership

With a curriculum accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA), you will develop a mastery of concepts essential to your ideal career in athletics.

With the MAA degree, you'll earn NIAAA certification as a Registered Athletic Administrator and complete 11 leadership training courses toward other certifications.

The OMSA curriculum combines the flexibility of online learning with crucial, in-person networking and residency opportunities. Complete a sports administration core plus five special topic courses that cover a variety of important trending topics, like sport business, e-sports and sports betting/gambling.

C O S M A Accredited

Lead with Passion and Skill

With OHIO's online sports administration and athletic administration programs, you can advance toward a rewarding career leading athletic departments, sports teams, and more. See examples of sports and athletic administration jobs and average base salaries below.

Master of Sports Administration CareersAverage Base Salary
College/University Athletic Director$89,243/year2
Community Relations Manager, NFL$66,999/year3
Assistant Director, NCAA$66,861/year4


Master's in Athletic Administration CareersAverage Base Salary
High School Athletic Director$53,580/year5
Elementary Physical Education Teacher$52,851/year6
Athletic Coach$45,879/year7


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Financial Aid and Scholarships

OHIO is committed to offering affordable, competitive tuition and has been recognized for the fourth consecutive year as a best-value university by U.S. News & World Report. We offer financial aid to all students who qualify. To be considered eligible to receive financial assistance, you must file the current year Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to begin the financial aid process. The Ohio University School Code is 003100.

Incentive Scholarships of up to 15% are available for alumni, military/veteran students and employees of corporate partners applying to an online graduate degree or certificate program. Contact us to learn more.

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