Admission Requirements: Master of Science in Sport Administration

Admission Requirements: Master of Science in Sport Administration
30 credit hours
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stack of documents icon Admission Requirements

Admission into The University of Cincinnati’s Master of Sport Administration online program is selective and based on meeting the requirements outlined below.


  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college/university.
  • An overall 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or higher from all previous undergraduate coursework. Those with less than a 3.0 GPA, may be considered for acceptance if the applicant takes the GRE or has a minimum of 3 years work experience in Sport Administration post bachelor degree.
  • Proof of English proficiency if English is not the applicant’s native language.

Admission Materials

  • Resume or CV.
  • Transcripts.
  • Goal Statement.
  • Two Letters of Reference.

Transfer Credits for Advanced Standing

Up to 12 of graduate credits may be transferred.  Talk to your enrollment advisor to discuss specifics and how to start the petition process.

Bachelor Degree

A bachelor’s degree from a college or university regarded as standard by a regional or national accrediting agency.

GPA Requirement

At least a B average (3.0/4.0 system) in undergraduate course work. If the applicant has a lower GPA, they must show promise to get a 3.0 that is judged satisfactory by the admitting program and the Graduate School.

Official Transcripts

Transcripts of all college or university grades. Note: For the application, you may upload unofficial transcripts. When admitted, you will need to submit your official transcripts.


Current resume or curriculum vitae.


Two letters of reference from individuals who know you professionally or academically.

Goal Statement

Applicants will need to provide a letter detailing their interest in the program and how it may match future professional goals.

GRE or GRE Waiver

Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 will need to receive a score of 297 or higher on their GRE or request for a GRE waiver. To be eligible for the GRE waiver, the prospective student must have three or more years of post-undergraduate sport industry work experience.

Application Fee

Complete the University of Cincinnati online graduate application; $65 domestic/$70 international application fee.

*application fee currently waived

International Student Requirements

For International students, an English proficiency test:

  • TOEFL minimum Internet-based 80
    • Paper-based 520
    • Computer-based 190
  • IELTS minimum 6.5