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The Ohio University online Master’s in Athletic Administration program specializes in developing interscholastic Athletic Directors, building on the students’ passion for serving young student-athletes and running a highly-successful athletic department. And because Ohio University established the first specialized academic sports program in the country in 1966, your degree will reflect a tradition of excellence nearly five decades long.
Why Choose the OHIO Online Master of Athletic Administration?
The MAA is a unique program housed in the College of Business for coaches and athletic professionals who want to become highly effective athletic directors and administrators. It is designed to prepare you to excel in the demanding field of interscholastic athletic administration, while also preparing you for National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) certification.
Ohio University is the pioneer in sports education. By establishing the first academic program in the field of sports administration, this online program is recognized today as the premier professional training program for candidates seeking careers in the sports industry.
John Kirtland: The program currently right now is helping me get experience. I take what I learn in class to my athletic director.
Lee Ann Ballard: I also have two kids and the online experience allows me to work around their schedules my teaching schedule coaching schedule. People get really nervous about online education Ohio does it the excellent job of kind of helping ease you into it.
Anthony Griffin: I know it’s a profession that’s pretty demanding already going in and this program has really helped me understand what those demands are a little bit more clearly.
Jason Basden: The courses that have been most beneficial to me has been the course on mission statements and philosophy. Everything that we’ve learned in the course is applicable to what I do on a daily basis. John Bennett: The online MAA program definitely addresses the changes and trends because we talk about what’s happening right now currently in class and you get different perspectives all over the country.
Maura Roddy: I’ve met people from California, from New York, from China.
Ohio University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.
The Department of Sports Administration and its academic programs, including the Master’s program in Athletic Administration are accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA)
Ohio University is proudly celebrating 50 years of world-leading sports business education. In 1966, the university established the first specialized academic sports program in the country – and has been leading the way ever since. The Ohio University online MAA program is recognized as the premier professional training program for candidates seeking careers in the sports industry.
U.S. News & World Report recognized Ohio University on its 2017 list of “Best Business Schools,” and “Best National Universities”.
Named a “2017 Best College” by The Princeton Review
Ohio University ranks among the top 3% of higher education institutions globally as rated by the Center for World University Rankings.
What our grads have to say about our MAA
“I chose Ohio University’s online Master’s of Athletic Administration because I wanted a program that was challenging, rewarding, and well respected throughout the country. This program helped me get the knowledge and experience I needed to advance my career.”
– George Pierson
How do we measure the success of our online programs? We measure the success of our graduates.
George Pierson: I chose the Ohio University online program after doing lots of research I wanted a program that was challenging but rewarding and was well respected throughout the country. I’m a defensive coordinator for the football team in Spartanburg South Carolina and next year I’m moving up into be the assistant athletic director. This program helped me get the experience and the knowledge to be able to advance my career. It’s challenging making time for all the coursework at the same time it forces you to become organized balanced working in the program. The professors in this program were very supportive and easily accessible. I really enjoyed this program I got a lot out of it I’m glad I made the choice that I did. My name is George Pierson Masters of Athletic Administration at Ohio University.
Specialized Coursework for Athletic Leaders
The focused curriculum of Ohio University’s online master’s degree in Athletic Administration prepares you to excel in the demanding field of interscholastic athletic administration, while also preparing you for the NIAAA certification.
|SASM 6100||Athletic Administration Seminar||3 Credits|
This course is an introduction to the Master’s program in Athletic Administration. The course is the first course in the MAA program, and is designed to give students an overview of effective practices in athletic administration. It also focuses on the duties and requirements of the athletic director position, encouraging students to focus on strategies for career development.
|SASM 6040||Administration of Interscholastic Athletic Programs||3 Credits|
This course provides an overview of the roles and responsibilities of interscholastic athletic administrators. Participants will discuss the philosophy of interscholastic athletics, and examine the technical, human, and conceptual requirements of athletic administrators.
|SASM 6280||Legal Foundations of Risk Management in Athletics||3 Credits|
This course provides an overview of legal concepts related to risk management in interscholastic athletics. Topics include constitutional law and its application to school sports; negligence and tort law; federal law, including Title IX, ADA, and FERPA; and current issues in risk management.
|SASM 6670||Human Resource Management in Sport Organizations||3 Credits|
This course provides an overview of the Human Resource Management task (HRM) for high school athletics directors. Students will learn effective practices for hiring, supervising, and evaluating coaches and other departmental staff. The course also covers sexual harassment policies and procedures; the impact of federal laws on school district policies on coaching contracts and compensation; and strategies for increasing diversity in coaching and athletic department staff.
|SASM 6260||Sport Governance and Policy Development||3 Credits|
This course provides an in-depth look at the governance structure of national, state, and local organizations impacting interscholastic sport. Students will review internal governance processes, including strategic planning and internal decision-making, and will learn how to develop policies and procedures for effective management of interscholastic programs.
|SASM 6480||Facility Management and Programming||3 Credits|
This course focuses on the theory and practice of planning and managing facilities and events in interscholastic athletics. Topics covered in this course include the strategic management of athletic facilities, planning for facility construction and renovation, the maintenance of athletic facilities and equipment, event planning and management for school and non-school users, and emergency planning considerations utilized in program administration.
|SASM 6420||Ethics in Sports||3 Credits|
This course provides an overview of ethical theory and its application to ethical decision-making in interscholastic athletics. The course will also review strategies for promoting ethical behavior through organizational Codes of Conduct and character development programs.
|SASM 6800||Seminar-Research Methods||3 Credits|
This course covers statistical applications and research in athletic administration. Topics include foundational statistical concepts, survey design, presentation of research results, and uses of research to address issues in interscholastic athletics.
|SASM 6550||Sport Marketing||3 Credits|
The course provides an introduction to marketing and sponsorship principles and their application to interscholastic athletic programs. Students will develop a marketing strategy to effectively reach the various consumer groups of their school’s athletic program.
|SASM 6700||Financial Administration of Sport Facilities and Programs||3 Credits|
The purpose of this course is to help participants apply basic principles and concepts of finance to the operation of interscholastic athletic programs, and develop critical financial management skills required of athletic administrators. These skills include budget planning and management, the requisition and purchasing of athletic supplies and equipment, and developing fundraising campaigns to generate supplemental revenue.
|COED 6540||Management and Leadership in Sport||3 Credits|
This course reviews contemporary theories related to management and leadership, and their application to interscholastic athletics. Topics include strategies for building teamwork, communicating effectively, and managing conflict. Students will analyze their own leadership style, and will develop a personal leadership philosophy.
|SASM 6990||Capstone Seminar in Sports Administration||3 Credits|
This course involves the development of a professional portfolio by each student that highlights knowledge, skills, and abilities developed through the MAA program.