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What It’s Like to Major in Sport Administration at Ball State

Prepare to work in the sport industry with a sport administration major. Whether your interest lies in professional, collegiate, or recreational sport; marketing and management agencies; profit or non-profit organizations; or parks and recreation, our comprehensive curriculum incorporates an experiential, hands-on methodology. By graduation, you will have industry knowledge and real-world experience to achieve employment or pursue a graduate program.

Classes are 100% faculty-taught—no graduate/teaching assistants as instructors.

You'll participate in interactive, hands-on experience and one-on-one conversations with faculty.

The Ball State Sport Administration curriculum is experiential – you graduate with industry experience.

Partnerships

Our partnerships include:

  • Fort Wayne TinCaps – Sell full-ticket-package options.
  • Ball State Athletics – Work within operations, logistics, marketing, and on-field promotions for home sporting events (1,200+ hours).
  • Albany Golf Club – Create and operate a golf outing.
  • Muncie ICE League – Operate and manage an academic-focused basketball league. 
  • Chase Charlie Races – Create, organize, and manage a 5K, virtual, and Kiddie 100 races.

Event Management Class

Our event management class raises thousands of dollars for our Sport Administration Fund for Excellence account, which financially support professional development and networking conferences for students.

The account paid for students to attend the…

  • United States Olympic Committee Internship Fair in Colorado Springs
  • Baseball Winter Meetings in Baltimore & San Diego
  • MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference
  • National Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference
  • Sport Sales Workshop and Job Fair at Mount Union
  • Many conferences in Chicago & Indianapolis
  • and many others…

Sport Administration Association

The student-led club offers executive leadership positions to enhance student opportunities through…

  • semester trips – venue tours, Q&A sessions with sport organization executives, and attending games
  • guest speakers
  • social events

Women in Sport Business

The student-led club focuses on female careers and empowerment within the sport industry.

 
  • Alumni Mentorship Program – Students are paired with sport industry professionals who can provide insight on career advice, best practices, interview strategies, job shadow opportunities, etc.
  • Faculty bring Indiana and non-Indiana sport professionals in for classroom discussions (and through Zoom/Skype).
  • Ball State Athletics allow students an opportunity to gain experience through volunteer and student work positions across the department

Eric Klosterman

Eric Klosterman, MBA – Assistant Lecturer
Mr. Klosterman earned a B.S. in Sport Administration at Ball State University in 2008.  After working with the Toledo Mud Hens, he earned his MBA from Ball State University in 2010.  From 2011-2015, Mr. Klosterman worked at Ball State within the Miller College of Business as the Assistant Director of Graduate & Certificate Programs, focusing on recruitment, admission and retention, advising, career development and placement.  In 2015, Mr. Klosterman transitioned into teaching and advising within the undergraduate sport administration program at Ball State.  Since 2018, Mr. Klosterman has served at the sport administration undergraduate program coordinator, while continuing to oversee all academic advising of program students, and teaching a combination of classes within introduction to sport administration, revenue generation, event & facility management, and internships.  Mr. Klosterman is a licensed Indiana High School Athletic Association and Ohio High School Athletic Association official, and has been officiating since 2009.

Mike Dalgety, Ed.D. -Assistant Teaching Professor
Dr. Dalgety earned a B.A. in Sport Sciences at University of the Pacific in 1997, and a M.A. in Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona in 2003. He has 18 years of intercollegiate athletics experience, including roles as the Associate Director of Athletic Media Relations, Director of Compliance, and Senior Associate Director of Athletics for Internal Affairs at Pacific. In 2012, Dr. Dalgety earned an Ed.D. from Pacific, specializing in higher education. Dr. Dalgety is now a lecturer in sport administration and has research interests in intercollegiate athletics.

 

Benjamin Downs

Benjamin Downs, Ph.D. -Assistant Professor
Dr. Downs earned a B.A. in History and Black Studies at the College of Wooster in 2008. After working in college recruiting and coaching, as well as professional baseball, he earned a M.S. in Sport Administration from Mississippi State University in 2016. In 2019, Dr. Downs earned a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University specializing in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport Management. Dr. Downs completed his dissertation on the evolution of urban multipurpose sport facilities. His research focuses on facilities and utilizes modernization to better understand the construction and renovation trends related to multipurpose arenas. Dr. Downs is also interested in issues of diversity and inclusion in sport.

James Johnson

James Johnson, Ed.D. -Professor & Graduate Program Coordinator
Dr. Johnson earned a B.A. in Psychology at Franklin College in 1999, and a M.S. in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Ball State University in 2001.After two years as a commodity trader in Chicago, Dr. Johnson worked seven years within intercollegiate athletics as the Assistant Coordinator of Academic Support Services for Student-Athletes at Ball State University. In 2010, Dr. Johnson earned an Ed.D. from Ball State University specializing in adult, higher, and community education with a concentration in sport studies. Dr. Johnson is a Fellow in the College Sport Research Institute and has served as the sport administration graduate program coordinator since 2011.His primary research includes work in interscholastic and intercollegiate sport.

 

Khirey Walker, Ph.D. -Assistant Professor
Dr. Walker earned a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing at Elon University in 2011, and a M.S. in Sport Administration from Louisiana State University in 2012. In 2017, Dr. Walker earned a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University specializing in Kinesiology with a concentration in Sport Management. Dr. Walker completed his Dissertation on the organizational misconduct within intercollegiate athletics, specifically the National Collegiate Athletic Association. After graduating from LSU, Dr. Walker has arrived at Ball State as an assistant professor. His research includes work in intercollegiate athletics, primarily involving rule governance, leadership studies, and student-athlete fulfillment.

“The Ball State Sport Administration taught me the value of pursuing every opportunity that is presented.” – May 2020 Graduate

“The ability to focus on real-world challenges was great preparation. I was able to take specific examples when I was interviewing for positions.” Expected December 2021 Graduate

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Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students demonstrate strong work habits, willingness to learn, communication skills, creative thinking, problem-solving, professionalism, teamwork, and customer service.
  2. Students demonstrate knowledge of sport management practices.
  3. Students demonstrate sport sales skills: the ability to open the sales call, show enthusiasm, interpersonal communication skills, confidence, persistence, ask probing questions, and generate solutions for the customer.
  4. Students demonstrate command of dynamic writing language free from spelling, grammatical, and factual errors at a publishable level.
  5. Students demonstrate knowledge as to how to pursue employment in the sport industry as well as professional representation in the job search.

Career Opportunities

  • Professional Sport
  • Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Interscholastic Athletics
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Non-profit (YMCA; Boys & Girls Club, etc.)
  • Entertainment
  • Administration
  • Agency – Player, Marketing & Management
  • Coaching
  • Communications
  • Community Relations
  • Compliance
  • Development
  • Management – Event, Facility, Volunteer
  • Governance
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Player Operations
  • Sales – Sponsorship & Ticket Sales/Service
  • Web/Creative Services
 
  • Business
  • Education
  • Law
  • Sport Management

Major Requirements

Total to Graduate: 120

Program Advisor: Eric Klosterman

For a complete list of all the courses you will take and their descriptions, please see our Course Catalog.

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