Online Master of Athletic Administration FAQs

FAQs

When can I begin the program?
The MAA program has three starts a year: Spring semester (early January), Summer semester (early May) and Fall semester (end of August).

How much time each week should be dedicated to coursework?
Typically, students will need to dedicate 12 to 15 hours a week per class for reading and completing assignments.

How many courses will I take each semester/how long will it take to complete the program?
Students are required to complete a total of 12 courses at 3.0 semester credit hours per course (36 credit hours). Courses are offered in a condensed 7-week course structure. Students take one course at a time and two courses per 15-week semester. At this pace, students graduate within 2 years.

Do I need to take the GRE, GMAT, or other standardized tests for admission?
The GRE is not required for qualified applicants. Each applicant is assessed for admission individually by an Enrollment Advisor. A bachelor’s degree plus experience in athletic administration or coaching can help overcome the need for standardized tests.

Does Ohio University offer financial aid?
Ohio University offers students the opportunity to fill out the FAFSA to apply for financial aid.

What computer skills do I need?
You will need basic computer, word processing and internet skills. A virtual software suite will be accessible for each student providing access to all specialized software needed to complete the program coursework. Students must have access to the internet on a consistent basis throughout the program

How do I stay in contact with my classmates and faculty during the program?
The MAA program is an interactive online experience. You can contact your fellow classmates and faculty members in a variety of ways. Faculty regularly communicate via Blackboard, which is the online platform that houses MAA academic courses. All faculty are available via email or phone throughout the duration of the course. There are discussion boards within the courses that you can use to ask questions, or you may reach out via phone or email.

When I graduate, will my diploma state that the program was online?
No, your diploma will not state that you completed the program online. Your completed degree will be listed on your diploma and transcripts as a Master of Science in Athletic Administration.

Is the Master of Athletic Administration degree the same as a “sports management” degree?
This MAA program is a specific master’s level program that prepares students for leadership careers primarily in interscholastic athletics, which means we focus on preparing students for a career as an athletic director at the high school or middle school levels. While the curriculum shares skills with sports management, sport management is a much broader area of study that may include studying industry areas such as professional sports, college athletics and/or Olympic sports. The Master of Athletic Administration is specialized to provide distinct skills that interscholastic athletic directors need to run successful program.

Can I enroll in a few courses without being admitted to the MAA program?
No. Students must be admitted to the MAA program in order to be eligible to enroll in courses.

I have taken some graduate courses. Can I transfer those credits to this program?
We can accept some transfer credits if they meet the requirements set by the program director. The courses you have taken will be assessed during the application process. No more than two classes can be transferred.

Will I be able to attain a job as an athletic director with this degree?
The MAA program focuses on preparing students with the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to administer a successful interscholastic athletic program. As well, our program faculty and Director will provide you with a variety of tools to help as you get ready to apply for jobs in athletic administration, including a Capstone course that has dedicated time/faculty to assisting students in being career ready. However, some institutions and organizations often require certain levels of experience and certification for prospective candidates (such as a principal certification).

Can I earn credits for Leadership Training Courses through the NIAAA?
The MAA program has a close relationship with the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (“NIAAA”) and offers concurrent Leadership Training Course (“LTC”) certifications for several NIAAA LTC courses after completion of the MAA program. The LTC’s themselves are not the same as a Master’s level course, but the materials from several NIAAA LTC’s are used as supporting materials in Ohio University MAA courses. Students pay a discounted fee for the LTC materials/coursework.