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Master of Sports Administration


The Master of Sports Administration (MSA) online program provides students with a learning experience designed to equip graduates for leadership within the sports management industry. With ever-increasing complexity and regulation, the arena of sports management needs strong leadership that understands both the human and corporate perspectives of the sports world. The MSA online combines the academic, practical and technical skills that are demanded in the sports management world with the values of a Christ-centered education. With a degree from Belhaven, an accredited university, students in our online sports management degree program will be able to compete in this fast growing industry.

Master of Sports Administration online students develop their skills through an intense program that both advocates high academic standards and validates the Christian values to which Belhaven, the School of Business, and each faculty member is totally committed.

The sports administration graduate program takes two years to complete and offers classes in manageable, eight-week "terms." Project-team activities within each course enhance the learning process and the development of problem-solving skills, while allowing individuals to develop their ability to function with a team.

Sports administration encompasses a variety of occupations; sports regulations, marketing, negotiations, budgeting, research, project management, and retail are all important and relevant segments in the world of sports.

Other job titles in sports administration include the following:

Master of Sports Administration Curriculum Summary

Course #Course NameCredits
MSL601 Introduction to Graduate Education 3
MSA608 Current Issues and Trends in Sports Administration 3
MSA624 Leadership and Sports Ethics 3
MSL630 Leading High Performance Teams 3
MBA640 Advanced Organizational Leadership 3
MSA643 Sports Finance and Budgeting 3
MSA646 Legal and Regulatory Environment for Sports 3
MSL686 Strategic Leadership 3
MSL660 Current Issues in Human Resources 3
MSL665 Coaching, Mentoring, and Resolving Conflict 3
MSA668 Venue and Event Management 3
MSA670 Capstone Seminar in Sports Administration 3

Course Descriptions

See Master of Sports Administration course descriptions.

Admission Information

As you apply for admission to Belhaven University, you can use this checklist to assist you in the process. Each item required is necessary to apply, be accepted and register at the college. If you have any questions about admission, please contact us at 601-968-5940 or

Steps to apply:


    • Provide a professional resume showing two years of relevant work experience. Full time military enlistment will be considered in lieu of work experience.
    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university and an official transcript from the institution granting your baccalaureate degree and official transcripts of all graduate level work, if any. A 2.5 cumulative GPA from undergraduate work is required for admission or 9 hours of graduate work with a B in each course. Up to 6 hours of accredited graduate work may be transferred if a B or better is earned in each course. Download the Transcript Request Form. See Transferability of Credit Notice.
    • Proficiency in the English language as demonstrated by at least two years of successful academic work at the college or university level in the United States or by a minimum score of 550 paper-based or 79 internet-based on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).


    • A veteran who wishes to be assessed for military credit or who will use veteran benefits must submit a copy of Form DD214 and/or DD295 to Belhaven University.

    • Applicants who do not meet the regular admission requirements, but show the potential for success in the M.S.A. program, may be admitted on a conditional basis. The student should submit an essay and 2 letters of recommendation for review by the program committee.
    • Students admitted on a conditional basis to the M.S.A. program must earn a 3.00 grade point average on the first six semester hours of graduate work in order to continue in the program.