Athletic Administration Programs

If you’re passionate about sports and have a keen interest in leadership and management, earning a degree in athletic administration might be an option worth considering. Many schools now offer athletic administration programs at all education levels. You can earn an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and even a doctorate degree in this field. Through a highly-interactive and educational environment, you’ll learn the skills necessary to work as an athletic director or athletic administrator.

My Degree and What It’s Good For

Your education level will determine your career prospects. For example, if you’re just starting out, an associate’s or bachelor’s degree will qualify you for entry-level employment in the field. If you’re ready to pursue your master’s or a Ph.D., you’ll be a top contender for high-level management and administrative positions at colleges and universities, national sports organization, and sports management firms.

Depending on the program you choose, you’ll likely complete a series of coursework that covers such topics as:

  • Administration of Athletic Programs
  • Exercise and Sport Science
  • Event Management
  • Fundraising
  • Programming
  • Sports Governance
  • Structural Organization Strategies

My Earning Potential

The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not provide specific salary data for athletic administrators and managers. However, sports agents and business managers earned a mean annual wage of $92,250 in May 2011, while coaches and scouts earned between $22,000 and $39,000. Some agents and coaches earn a degree in athletic administration, depending on their career and education goals.

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Guide to Sports Management Degrees

Liberty University MS - Sports Mgmt Liberty University – The MS in Sports Management at Liberty University requires 36 credit hours and includes 10 three credit hour courses and a six credit hour capstone. The curriculum is geared for recent undergraduate students, non-traditional students, international students, and working professionals. Graduates are found in high school sports programs, professional teams, and recreational leagues.
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Ashford University BA - Sports and Rec Mgmt BA - SM Marketing BA - SM Entrepreneurship BA - SM Project Management Ashford University – Ashford University offers a variety of sports management degrees. The BA in Sports and Rec Management provides students with a curriculum that prepares them to work for park districts, as PE teachers, or athletic directors. The BA/SM Marketing provides best practices in marketing sports. The BA/SM Entrepreneurship teaches business principles, while the BA/SM Project Management is available for sports organizers. Ashford University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510-748-9001,
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Northcentral University MEd - Sports Mgmt PhD - Sports Mgmt Northcentral University – Northcentral University's M.Ed. in Sports Management is geared towards enhancing your leadership, organizing, and administrative skills on and off the field. The program applies the highest standards of ethics and values. The PhD is an integral tool for obtaining research and leadership positions in the field.
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Ohio University MS - Athletic Administration MS - Coaching Education Ohio University – The MS in Athletic Administration at Ohio University offers students a program that graduates managers with the tools to become athletic directors. Ohio University designed this program with the help of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. For those that want to teach coaches, an MS in Coaching Education is also available.
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Southern New Hampshire University MBA in Sports Mgmt MS in Sports Mgmt Southern New Hampshire University – The MBA and MS in Sports Management from Southern New Hampshire University provides a practical combination of traditional MBA coursework with a concentration of sports management. To accommodate working professionals busy schedules, the program is offered both online and on-campus. Internship and volunteer opportunities are available to provide students hands-on practice in the field.
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