What Is the Online Master of Athletic Administration Degree?
Ohio University’s Master of Athletic Administration online (MAA) program specializes in developing professionals for careers in athletic administration, specifically as interscholastic athletic directors. You’ll learn to infuse your passion for serving student-athletes into a career in athletic administration, as our online courses for athletic administration show you how to build highly efficient and supportive athletic departments. 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.
Upcoming Live Events
Online MAA Open House
Wednesday, June 30th 2021
12:00pm – 1:00pm EST.
You will hear from our program director, Kelley Walton and have the chance to learn more about our MAA program. Following the program director information session there will be a live question and answer session. Register Now.
Online Courses for Athletic Administration
The Master of Athletic Administration (MAA) program specializes in preparing students for a career in interscholastic athletic administration. In just 11 courses (30 credits), MMA students earn a Master of Science in Athletic Administration (MSAA) degree.
Careers in Athletic Administration
Once you enroll in the Online Master of Athletic Administration program, you’ll develop the skills to serve younger student-athletes and help them accomplish their championship goals as competitors. Upon graduation, your influence will vary depending on the career path you choose to pursue in athletic administration. From directly coaching students to taking on administrative duties and marketing positions, the opportunities to make a difference are plentiful. The online courses for athletic administration offered by Ohio University will help you stay informed of current trends in athletics and prepare you to stand out in the job market. You’ll receive the tools to help push athletes to the next level through hard work, perseverance, and unmatched integrity. As a graduate of Ohio University’s MAA program, you’ll help create the edge that turns athletes into champions.
Athletic Administration Salary and Job Outlook
The world of athletics consists of many roles that contribute to the greatness of each successful athlete’s journey. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects the demand for coaches and scouts to increase by 12% between 2019 and 2029 and the demand for athletic trainers to increase by 16% in that period. Ohio University’s online master’s degree in athletic administration will give you the tools to be ready for the growing job opportunities in the market. If you’re interested in playing a part in a young athlete’s future by helping them maximize their potential, here are several careers in athletic administration that MAA graduates can pursue:
Manager of Operations
Sports Information Director
Public Relations Manager
Assistant Athletic Director
(Median annual salaries per BLS and PayScale)
Online Master of Athletic Administration Faculty
Kelley Walton, J.D.
Assistant Professor of Instruction; Director of the Master of Athletic Administration Program; Director of the Professional Master of Sports Administration Program
Kelley Walton is the Program Director for Ohio University's online Master of Athletic Administration. She is an attorney, professor and consultant with over ten years of legal and human resources experience. She received her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University and a Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School. Kelley worked for the Columbus Blue Jackets (National Hockey League) for its first 10 years of existence. Her first three years with the Blue Jackets were spent in the legal department. The last seven were as the Director of Human Resources, overseeing the employment of 150+ full-time and 300+ part-time employees. During that time, she oversaw all efforts involved with recruiting, workers compensation, 401(k) administration, benefit administration, employee contracts, and employee evaluations. For all 10 years at the Blue Jackets, she oversaw all immigration efforts for the club.
Why Choose Ohio University’s Master of Athletic Administration Online Degree?
The master’s in athletic administration online program specializes in preparing students for careers in athletic administration. Leveraging Ohio University’s five decades of experience in sports education, students enrolled in the MAA will gain the administrative and business strategies they need to be outstanding athletic administrators at educational institutions of any size. Whether students come to us as athletic trainers looking to take on an administrative role in sports or as education professionals aiming to get more involved with athletics, our online athletic administration master’s program will get them ready for a successful and fulfilling career in scholastic athletics.
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 online master’s degree in athletic administration, are accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA).
Ohio University proudly celebrates more than 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.
Since accepting our first students in 2010, our Online MAA program is recognized as the premier professional training program for candidates seeking careers in the sports industry.
Ohio University ranks among the top of higher education institutions globally as rated by the Center for World University Rankings.
“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, 2015 Graduate
“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.”
– John Bennett, MAA alumni
What can I do with a master’s degree in athletic administration?
Ohio University’s master’s in athletic administration online degree focuses on preparing you for a career as an athletic director at the high school and middle school levels, but it can also equip you for a variety of administrative roles in scholastic athletics.
What is the average salary for graduates of the Master of Athletic Administration program?
Although salaries vary by location and position, the median annual salary for careers in athletic administration is around $50,200 for professionals with a master’s degree, according to May 2021 PayScale data.
Is the Master of Athletic Administration accredited?
Yes. The Master of Athletic Administration program is accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA).
How long is the Online Master of Athletic Administration degree program?
Students can complete the MAA program in as little as 18 months. The program consists of 11 seven-week courses (30 credit hours total).