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Sports Administration

Master's in Sports Administration

Sports is one of the largest economic enterprises in the world, employing professionals with a variety of business skills and specializations who have one common interest: the business of sports. For professionals who aspire to either begin or enhance a career in sports, Northwestern University School of Professional Studies offers a part-time Master of Arts in Sports Administration (MSA) program that focuses on the business of athletics. The MSA program is taught by first-rate faculty with access to team executives, corporate sports consultants, sports agents and a broad range of other professionals in collegiate, professional and amateur athletics administration. Drawing on the prestigious credentials and rigorous standards of Northwestern University — and access to the rich and fast-paced sports community of Chicago — the program provides students with invaluable and one-of-a-kind, hands-on experiences. Online students can build their professional networks through optional visits to the Chicago area or completing a practicum in the field of sports. Whether a student wants to become a front office manager, college athletics administrator or sports marketer, he or she will find instruction and guidance based on first-hand knowledge of the opportunities and challenges one can expect in the business of sports.

SPS online courses marry the best aspects of online technology with the interactivity of the classroom. Students can take any combination of online and on-campus courses, or all online or all on-campus, to complete their degree. Find out more about online learning at SPS.

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Julia Millon

Northwestern carries weight behind it. Saying I’m getting my master’s at Northwestern and work there — people really respect that. I think that will help anyone in this program achieve their goals.”

Julia Millon, MSA student

About the MA in Sports Administration

Master's in Sports Administration Program Goals

An interdisciplinary professional program, MSA graduates will possess the knowledge, skills and aptitude to:

  • Lead enterprising sports organizations within an evolving environment
  • Synthesize data to support evidence based decision making
  • Evaluate revenue streams and risk mitigation
  • Create effective business plans to set strategic direction of a sports entity

Sports Administration Curriculum & Specialization

Students are required to complete 11 courses to earn the degree. The Sports Administration Curriculum covers six core courses, three elective courses, a leadership course, and a capstone class or thesis project. Review curriculum details and elective choices while you consider applying to this program. 

The Sports Administration Specialization, offered only online, provides technical and leadership training required for key positions in sports team management and analytics. It provides an understanding of how to work in sports management roles in today’s data-intensive and data-driven world. Building upon Northwestern University's graduate program in predictive analytics and data science, it reviews key technologies in analytics and modeling, probability theory, applied mathematics, statistics and programming. It shows how analytic techniques may be utilized in evaluating player and team performance and in sports team administration.

MA in Sports Administration Courses

Explore MA Sports Administration Courses. You can narrow your course search by day, location or instructor.

Master's in Sports Administration Admission

A variety of factors are considered when your application is reviewed. Background and experience vary from student to student. For a complete list of requirements, see the Master's in Sports Administration Admission page.

Sports Administration Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition for the Master's in Sports Administration program at Northwestern is comparable to similar US programs. Financial aid opportunities exist for students at Northwestern. Complete details can be found on the Sports Administration Tuition and Financial Aid page.

Registration Information for Sports Administration

Already accepted into the Master's in Sports Administration program? Get ahead and register for your classes as soon as possible to ensure maximum efficiency in your trajectory.

Sports Administration Networking Opportunities

Successful networking can be an essential component for entry into the sports field. Northwestern University's Sports Administration Networking Opportunities provide students and alumni with a competitive advantage as they begin and look to advance in their careers.

Careers in Sports Administration

Only a tiny fraction of people will ever join the professional ranks as players, coaches or top executives, but jobs connected to sports marketing and administration will continue to grow, a result of demographics and the increasing demand for sophisticated organizations that specialize in youth sports. Those with appropriately rigorous education in the field will likely find significant professional opportunity.  For details visit the Sports Administration Career Options page.

Sports Administration Faculty

Instructors in the Master's in Global Health program at Northwestern are leaders in the field. They bring practical real-world experiences to the online classroom and engage with students on an interpersonal level. Get to know the instructors on our Sports Administration Faculty page.

MSA Student Board

Learn about the MSA Student Board and their efforts to create and host network events for the program. 

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