Master of Science in Sport Administration

Master of Science in Sport Administration
30 credit hours
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Our program is designed for coaches and administrators working at every level in athletics. Each course provides training that is immediately applicable to your current position, whether you are new to the field or have years of experience.

The University of Cincinnati brings decades of faculty experience directly to you with our 100% online sport administration master’s program. Our professors believe in the real-life applications of what you learn, not just teaching from textbooks or theoretical examples. That is why you will not take a single midterm or final exam. Our curriculum is focused on blending theory and practice. Our faculty have 40+ years of practical experience applying these concepts in the sports market.

What is Sport Administration?

A Master of Science in Sport Administration gives you the skill set needed to work in the field of athletics. Behind the scenes, there are many jobs that make the product on the court or field happen. If you are passionate about sports and interested in launching or advancing your career in the exciting field of sport management and administration, earning your Master’s in Sport Administration Online from the University of Cincinnati will help you stay ahead of the competition.

Athletics are ingrained in the culture of Cincinnati. Our city is the home of three professional sports teams, a handful of local colleges, and a robust high school sports scene. Our year-round sporting events and activities provide ample opportunities to grow and establish yourself in the sport management industry. Even though our program is completely online, there are plenty of opportunities to experience live sporting events and activities through internships, GA positions, volunteer opportunities, and group trips. Develop personal and professional narratives to effectively communicate your story in sports.

University of Cincinnati’s Online Master in Sport Administration

Sport Administration SupportProgram Offerings

  • 100% online. No campus visit required.
  • Asynchronous scheduling means you can complete coursework on your time.
  • Network with students across the United States with different life and work experiences.
  • Financial aid available.
  • Create a course schedule that fits your life. Full time students can graduate in as little as 1 year.
  • Designed for full- or part-time graduate students.
  • A student success coordinator will work with you from start to graduation. Learn more about our support team.
  • Semester start dates in spring, summer, and fall.
  • Transfer credit may be applicable.
  • Learn how to compose, package, and put finishing touches on a Capstone project to help you prepare and succeed in the job you want.


The UC Online MSA program has partnered with several organizations at both a state and national level. Through our relationship with the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA), you will have the opportunity to complete the NIAAA certification program. Becoming a Registered Athletic Administrator or a Certified Athletic Administrator are both great options for helping to advance your career as an athletic director.

UC Online has partnered with WorkInSports to offer students additional professional development to complement their coursework. The Sports Career Game Plan is an online, module-based professional development course built for aspiring sport administration professionals. The four modules will focus on 1) Gaining the RIGHT experience, 2) Building and maintaining your network, 3) Mastering your resume, cover letter, and personal brand, and 4) Interviewing for jobs and internships.

Students of our sport management program have access to our internal networks and resources. Utilize our LinkedIn page where faculty regularly share news, events, and job offerings related to the sports industry. Our Sports Learning Online group is a space to connect with faculty, alumni, and students in a professional setting and develop your networking skills.

Learn more about all the professional development opportunities within the sport administration program.

National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators AssociationNational Federation of State High School Associations

Ohio High School Athletic AssociationWork in Sports

Outside the Classroom

Our primary focus is helping students earn their graduate degree but our secondary goal is to equip you with the professional and leadership skills needed to advance your career.

Work with faculty who will help formulate a transition plan for UC’s online MS in Sport Administration to the next career phase. Besides your standard sport management classes, our professors offer additional support and opportunities including:

  • Resume workshops
  • On campus seminars
  • Job and internship events
  • Film screening and discussions
  • 1 on 1 professional development

While not required to meet graduation requirements, our staff believe that many of your career opportunities are created outside the curriculum. Connect directly with UC alumni and other sport professionals who hold positions relevant to individual career aspirations.

  • Collaborative Setting.
  • Social Network
  • Faculty Connections
  • Guest Speakers
  • Alumni Connections.

Our faculty has worked hard to coordinate several in-person and virtual events. Volunteer and internship opportunities in the surrounding community are presented to the student base.

  • Internships
  • Sporting Event Management
  • Sports Related Trips

A great opportunity for our full-time students who are looking to have their education funded. Many of our opportunities require in-person activity but there are some virtual options available for out of state students.

  • Fully funded external sport management GA positions
  • Partially funded external sport management GA positions
  • Fully funded internal sport management GA positions

Career Options

Careers in the sports industry vary greatly. With a Sport Administration Master’s degree from The University of Cincinnati, you will have the business acumen combined with an understanding of the special nature of an athletic department that will prepare you for the competitive world of sports business.

Examples of careers our graduates pursue include:
  • Athletic directorOnline Student - Sport Administration
  • Facility management
  • Sales, marketing, and promotions
  • Intercollegiate athletics administration
  • Coach
  • Public Relations director
  • Event coordinator
  • Marketing director
  • Fundraiser

Obtaining employment in a sports organization requires a distinctive game plan that often draws heavily on face-to- face networking with industry professionals. That’s why we developed our online Master of Science in Sport Administration program to leverage the Bearcat Nation’s vast alumni network and UC faculty members with close industry connections. Distance learners will benefit from a framework built specifically for work in sport.

Accreditations and Rankings

Rated one of the Best Online Colleges & Universities by College Consensus.

The University of Cincinnati and all of its regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


The UC Online Master’s in Sport Administration was rated as the #1 online program in North America by SportBusiness.