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:

  • Athletic Director
  • Associate Director of Marketing
  • Assistant Director of Facilities
  • Director of Operations for Youth Sports
  • Media Relations Director
  • Advertising Sales Representative
  • Sports Writer

Master of Sports Administration Curriculum Summary

Course # Course Name Credits
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
Total 36

Admission Information

  • 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.