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.

  • 36 credit hours
  • Can be completed in 2 years
  • 100% online
  • 8-week courses, taught year round
  • All classes taught from a Christian worldview
  • Small class sizes so you know your professors and classmates
  • All instructors have years of experience working in Corporate America, for professional and collegiate teams, or in higher educational sectors to provide an in-depth student engaging experience to assist toward success within their perspective careers.
  • Students may participate in the School of Business Career Boot Camp, in the spring semester, to network with potential employers and work on their interview skills and resumes.
  • Competitive tuition rates

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. 

Upon receiving their MBA in Sport Management or MSA degrees, many of our graduates are promoted within their organizations, move to Ph.D. programs or executive residencies, or apply for better positions in other organizations.

Other job titles in sports administration include the following:

  • Director of Collegiate or High School Athletics
  • Executive Professional League Administrator
  • Associate or Assistant Director of Marketing, Ticket Sales
  • Athlete Development Specialist
  • Financial Analyst
  • Fitness Manager
  • Game Operations Director
  • Sport Agent/Lawyer
  • Business Development Coordinator
  • Facilities Manager
  • Athletic Coach
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Contract Negotiation Manager
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Sports Accountant
  • Sports Revenue Manager
  • 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.
  • 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 in the first six semester hours of graduate work to continue in the program.

Master of Sports Administration Curriculum Summary

Course # Course Name Credits
MSL 601 Introduction to Graduate Education 3
MSA 608 Current Issues and Trends in Sports Administration 3
MSA 624 Leadership and Sports Ethics 3
MSL 630 Leading High Performance Teams 3
MBA 640 Advanced Organizational Leadership 3
MSA 643 Sports Finance and Budgeting 3
MSA 646 Legal and Regulatory Environment for Sports 3
MSL 686 Strategic Leadership 3
MSL 660 Current Issues in Human Resources 3
MSL 665 Coaching, Mentoring, and Resolving Conflict 3
MSA 668 Venue and Event Management 3
MSA 670 Capstone Seminar in Sports Administration 3
Total 36

View Course Descriptions from the University Catalogue.

These rates are for August 1, 2019 through July 31, 2020.

Tuition and Fees Per Credit Hour
Graduate MED/MSA/EdS/EdD $525
Grad. Certificate - Sports Admin. $525
Graduate Military – currently serving $375
Graduate Military – Veteran or Spouse $420

Visit the Tuition web page to view tuition cost worksheet, other fees and the cost estimate calculator.

Online MBA Today (#10) and Best College Reviews (#24) have both ranked Belhaven University as one of the top sports management online programs nationally. Additionally, Best Colleges Online has also ranked Belhaven #16 for being one of the top affordable graduate sports management programs in the United States. None of our major online competitors are ranked ahead of our program in either national ranking.

We look forward to receiving your application! Please follow the steps on the How Do I Apply page to see how easy it is to submit your application to Belhaven University.