Ohio University’s Athletic Administration master’s degree program is renowned across the nation. The program offers a comprehensive examination of interscholastic athletic administration combined with the flexibility of an online learning environment. Learn more about the program through these Frequently Asked Questions.
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- I have taken a number of graduate courses. Can I transfer those credits to this program?
- There are many athletic administration programs in the country. What is unique about this program?
- Do we complete all the courses online?
- How long does it take to complete the program?
- What is the cost of this program?
- Do you allow participants to take a few, or a majority of the courses, but not all of the courses required of the whole program?
- As I understand, Ohio University has a preeminent program in Sports Administration. Is this program the same or different from that program?
- What type of networking does the program have in regards to placement?
- Is this appropriate for individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in college athletics?
- When I graduate, what will my diploma read?
- Back To TopI have taken a number of graduate courses. Can I transfer those credits to this program?
No. This is a lockstep program in which all participants admitted into the program during the same year will start the program together (in the same cohort) at the same time and complete the required courses in a sequence.
- Back To TopThere are many athletic administration programs in the country. What is unique about this program?
The uniqueness of this program is several-fold. First, it is one of the only programs that focuses solely on interscholastic athletic administration. Second, it is a product of collaboration between the Department of Sports Administration at Ohio University, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA). The collaboration with the NIAAA ensures that the contents of the program curriculum and coursework are applicable to interscholastic athletic administration. Third, qualified and experienced NIAAA leaders have been appointed as adjunct faculty members for the program.
- Back To TopDo we complete all the courses online?
The participants in the program will complete most of the courses online. However, they will be required to attend one high-intensity on-campus “Athletic Leadership Forum” held at the Ohio University campus in Athens, Ohio. During the on-campus forum, the participants will have the opportunity to interact with the program faculty and other classmates face-to-face and complete a 3-credit course. The on-campus visit typically lasts about four days.
- Back To TopHow long does it take to complete the program?
It will take about twenty-four (24) months to finish the program.
- Back To TopWhat is the cost of this program?
The cost per credit hour for in-state students is $543 for a total of $19,548 and for out-of-state it is $562 for a total of $20,232. This includes tuition and all university fees however books and other learning materials used during the program are not included in the tuition. For the on-campus forum in Athens, you are responsible for your own travel costs to and from the university campus, room, breakfast, and special group dinners during your visit. Your Program Manager will help to coordinate room sharing and car-pooling for the forum.
- Back To TopDo you allow participants to take a few, or a majority of the courses, but not all of the courses required of the whole program?
No. See the answer for the first question for details.
- Back To TopAs I understand, Ohio University has a preeminent program in Sports Administration. Is this program the same or different from that program?
This program is different from the Master of Sports Administration (MSA) program. As mentioned previously, the MAA program is designed specifically with a unique focus on interscholastic athletic administration. The MSA program, however, trains students for various segments in the sports industry, such as professional sports, intercollegiate athletics, sport marketing, event management, athletic representation, etc. The admission process and requirements for these two programs are also different. For more information on the MSA program, visit www.sportsad.ohio.edu.
- Back To TopWhat type of networking does the program have in regards to placement?
The program is mainly designed for people who are currently working full-time in the school setting. So, placement will not be an issue for them. However, students are strongly encouraged to attend the national conventions of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. At the convention, you will have many opportunities to meet athletic administrators from middle and high schools all over the country.
- Back To TopIs this appropriate for individuals who are interested in pursuing a career in college athletics?
This program is designed specifically to train individuals who want to pursue a career in INTERSCHOLASTIC athletic administration, NOT INTERCOLLEGIATE athletic administration. The program has a curriculum that addresses all the areas of interscholastic athletic administration, such as risk management, marketing, human resources management, athletic governance, ethics, financial management, facility management, etc. The course projects are always directly related to interscholastic settings.
- Back To TopWhen I graduate, what will my diploma read?
The proper name for this program, and what it will say on your diploma is, Master of Science in Recreation and Sport Sciences with a concentration in Athletic Administration. Other than one on-campus seminar session, the program is taken completely via an online learning environment, however your diploma will not say “online.”