Admissions Requirements: MS Sport Administration

April 01, 2022
30 credit hours
May 09, 2022
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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 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 applicant has a minimum of 3 years work experience in Sport Administration post bachelor degree.  GRE may not be required.
  • Proof of English proficiency if English is not the applicant’s native language

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 degree from a college or university regarded as standard by a regional or general 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.


Three 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 Waiver

Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 may be considered for a GRE waiver if the prospective student has three or more years of post-undergraduate sport industry work experience.

To be considered for a GRE waiver, students must submit the following via email to Dr. Jason Simmons (

  • Proof of employment status
  • Names, job titles, and contact info (email and phone number) of direct supervisor for all positions held in the last three years.
  • Additional letter of reference from a direct supervisor in the last three years that speaks to:

The quality of the sport industry experience you have obtained (i.e. what have been your main tasks/areas of responsibility?
Your professional preparedness for graduate school and a continued career in the sport industry.

**Please submit GRE Waiver materials at the same time you submit your application materials for graduate school**




Application Fee

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

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

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