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Sports Administration

Program Overview

A rewarding career with a sports organization awaits with our Master of Arts in sport administration. This is a practice-based program, so you'll be involved with sports organization management throughout your program. You'll work with other students and be challenged to apply theoretical concepts to sport management roles.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Part-Time
Location: On Campus
Program Length: 1-2 years
Credit Hours: 36 - 39

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

A graduate degree in sport administration will prepare you for athletic coaching, sport management, or athletic administration roles. Our graduate students succeed in highly competitive internship opportunities. These include roles with the United States Olympic Committee, NASCAR, national teams, collegiate athletic departments, sport governing bodies, sports commissions, and various high school sports associations.

You'll benefit from interdisciplinary courses including social, psychological, historical, scientific and philosophical perspectives on sport.

The Department of Physical Education and Sport offers graduate and research assistantships to students in the Sports Administration program. Some students also secure a graduate assistantship with University Recreation, Athletics, CMU Events or Ticket Central. We offer graduate students a unique opportunity to pursue research, teaching, or a wide range of sport management responsibilities while pursuing their degrees.

Accelerated Master's Degree

Undergraduate students majoring in sport management may pursue a Master of Arts in Sport Administration (MA) degree during the final year of their bachelor's degree program. The Accelerated MA in Sport Administration allows students to reduce the total number of credits required to complete the combined undergraduate and master's degrees by applying 3 credit hours of program requirements towards both degrees. Thus, with advising and planning, it is possible for students to complete both degree requirements in 5 years.

Program Highlights

As a sport administration student at CMU, you will benefit from:

  • Innovative instructional, athletic and recreational facilities.
  • Intercollegiate and intramural recreational sports for men and women.
  • Local chapters of the Sport Management Association.
  • Practical experiences in athletic training, coaching, sports administration, and teaching.

Careers & Outcomes

A graduate degree in sport administration can prepare you for several careers. These include athletic coaching, sport management, or athletic administration for sport organizations.

Career Projected Salary
Athlete Business Manager $97,170
Health & Wellness Coach $46,103
Fitness/Wellness Manager $101,340
Coach/Scout $38,970

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