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Department of Sports Administration

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Athens, OH 45701

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College of Business

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Athens, OH

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Sport Management  

Ohio University has been paving the way for nearly 50 years, making the dream of a career in the business of sports a reality for thousands of proud alumni.

And we continue to lead the way. The Department of Sports Administration is a part of the College of Business, a clear advantage over other sports programs. Our students have an education grounded in business skills and acumen with applied instruction and work in sport settings. As the sports industry becomes more global and complex, it’s increasingly important that graduates understand the integration of the special nature of sports, management theory, and administrative principles.

Our undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA), a specialized accrediting body that promotes and recognizes excellence in sport management education in colleges at the baccalaureate and graduate levels.


Career Opportunities

With a sport management degree from Ohio University’s College of Business, you’ll have the business acumen combined with an understanding of the special nature of the sports industry that will prepare you for the competitive world of sports business. Examples of careers our graduates pursue include facility management, sales, marketing and promotions, and intercollegiate athletics administration.


Special Features

The undergraduate sport management program at Ohio University will give you the academic preparation and practical training required for success in the sport industry. We believe hands-on experience is the best way to learn, we provide a variety of ways to get you involved and active through our Center for Sports Administration. Our Center for Sports Administration connects students to internships, job opportunities, and unique experiences like the San Diego Consulting Project. Additionally, our student organizations support classroom work by providing volunteer experiences and management of their own events (Sports Business Association, International Sport Agent Organization, Sigma Alpha Sigma Mu, Women In Sports).

Our Faculty

Learn more about our sport management faculty here.


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Norm O’Reilly
Richard P. and Joan S. Fox Professor of Management & Chair
Copeland 514A


About the College of Business

The OHIO College of Business provides a unique combination of classroom learning and real-world experiences that give you an advantage. You are able to develop to your true potential and become a better business leader— the kind of effective decision-maker who is sought after in all sectors of business. When you leave the OHIO College of Business, you will be ready for the workforce. Beyond that, you’ll be poised to become one of the next generation of leaders, professionals, and academic business scholars. We summarize our approach in three words: learn, apply, transform.

Learn about yourself and your world through personalized coaching and mentoring. With a foundation of courses, outstanding teacher scholars and executives in residence, and ongoing development, the OHIO College of Business will help you set and achieve your personal and professional goals.

Apply your knowledge through real-world experiences. Translate concepts from the classroom into real situations so you leave with practical experience in leadership, time management, teamwork, problem solving, and critical thinking. You’ll develop the skills you need for the rest of your life through our unique Business Cluster, student organizations like SOX Fellows, and the Global Consulting Program.

Transform into one of the most sought after college graduates, poised for professional success. Employers are seeking students with leadership potential. The College of Business will provide you the broad knowledge that prepares you to be successful throughout your career, from your first job to the day of your retirement.


Ohio University

Established in 1804, Ohio University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Ohio and the first in the Northwest Territory. Admission to Ohio University is granted to the best-qualified applicants as determined by a selective admission policy.