If you are interested in sport administration, the Cognate in Sport Administration is the perfect program for you. Our directed coursework is tailored to the needs of students interested in the field, providing you with the knowledge and skills to excel in a career in sports.

Our program offers an added credential to those who wish to work in the sports industry, including high school or college coaches and athletic administrators. With our specialized coursework, you'll be equipped to pursue a range of sport-related careers.

This cognate complements doctoral degrees in:

  • Educational Studies
  • Educational Administration and Supervision
  • Higher Education

What You Will Gain

The cognate emphasizes:

  • Administration concepts and understanding
  • Entertainment/sport business concepts
  • Hands-on experience with industry-specific projects
  • Transferable skills

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Establish familiarity with the Sport Administration field through hands-on experiences in high school, collegiate and professional sport.
  • Develop industry-specific project-based outcomes in Sport Administration.
  • Develop professional written and oral communication skills through applied experiences.


Select five from the following (if 15-credit hour option) and eight from the following (if 24-credit hour option)

Enrollment in the cognate requires permission from the graduate program coordinator and is based on course availability.

  • SPTA 603 – Sport Administration Ethics and Philosophy (3)
  • SPTA 605 – Organization and Administration of Recreation Programs (3)
  • SPTA 608 – Sports Facilities (3)
  • SPTA 611 – Sport Marketing and Promotions (3)
  • SPTA 615 – Sport Law (3)
  • SPTA 617 – Financial Principles in Sport (3)
  • SPTA 619 – Sport Event Management (3)
  • SPTA 620 – Seminar in Sport Administration (3)
  • SPTA 628 – International and Comparative Administration of Sport (3)
  • SPTA 676 – Sport Administration theory and Policy Development (3)
  • SPTA 677 – Intercollegiate Athletics Policy (3)

*Other electives could be approved at the discretion of the program coordinator

Course Catalog