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Our program won three out of the last five national case-study competitions at the annual College Sport Research Institute Conference.

The sport administration program is designed to prepare graduates for a career working in sport at any level. Our comprehensive curriculum allows students to pursue both an applied and theoretical approach to sport. If your goal is to work in sport, or continue your education beyond a master's degree, our program can make it happen.

What It’s Like to Pursue an MA/MS in Sport Administration at Ball State

Many students are granted graduate assistantships through the School of Kinesiology or Intercollegiate Athletics. These assistantships allow students to gain practical, real-world experience while pursuing their degrees. You can also gain research experience by working directly with faculty members on an assortment of research endeavors, including co-authoring sport research articles. If students are interested in graduate assistantship positions in athletics or other departments outside of our school, they should contact those departments directly to apply.

Serving as mentors to the undergraduate students in the Sport Administration Association, especially during Division I athletic events, is a valuable source of experiential learning.

Faculty are committed to assisting students with their career options.  A dedication to professional development is a central component of the sport administration graduate programs.  As a student, you’ll have access to a variety of professional development seminars, conferences, and workshops.

Additionally, the department subscribes to sport-specific job-posting websites regularly used to find internships and jobs.

During the spring of your first year, a professional development section is included within the sport administration course, which focuses on finding internships and jobs in conjunction with resume development and interviewing skills.

During the summer, elective sport administration courses are available online. These online courses are designed to accommodate students who are completing internships, or are away from campus during the summer.

Occasionally, online elective courses are offered during the fall and spring semesters.

Our curriculum is flexible with approximately half of the courses taught in an online or blended format.

You can choose one of three research options to complete your degree, and programs plans are uniquely tailored to your goals.

Program Requirements

Students have the opportunity to pursue a Master of Arts (MA) or a Master of Science (MS) depending on their career goals.

Total Credits: 33

Courses

Master of Arts

Students need to complete a 33-credit curriculum highlighted by an onsite internship or a research project supervised by a faculty mentor. The MA focuses on applied experience that can translate to employment after graduation.

Core Courses

12 Credits
  • SPTA 611: Sport Marketing and Promotions
  • SPTA 615: Sport Law
  • SPTA 617: Financial Principles in Sport
  • SPTA 676: Sport Administration Theory and Policy Development

Research Requirements

9 Credits

Students must choose one of the following options.

Internship Option (MA)

  • PEP 601: Research Applications (non-thesis)
  • SPTA 698: Internship

Research Paper/Creative Project Option (MA)

  • PEP 601: Research Applications (non-thesis)
  • EDPS 641: Introduction to Statistical Methods
  • RES 697: Research Paper OR
  • CRPR 698: Creative Project

Electives

12 Credits 
  • SPTA 603: Sport Administration Ethics and Philosophy
  • SPTA 605: Organization and Administration of Recreation Programs
  • SPTA 619: Sport Facility and Event Administration
  • SPTA 620: Seminar in Sport Administration
  • SPTA 628: International and Comparative Administration of Sport
  • SPTA 677: Intercollegiate Athletics Policy
  • SPTA 691: Historical Foundations of Sport

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

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Students need to complete a 33-credit curriculum highlighted by the completion of a research (thesis). This option is ideal for students interested in pursuing further education at the doctoral level.

Core Courses 

12 Credits 
  • SPTA 611: Sport Marketing and Promotions
  • SPTA 615: Sport Law
  • SPTA 617: Financial Principles in Sport
  • SPTA 676: Sport Administration Theory and Policy Development

Thesis Option

12 Credits 
  • EXSC 611: Research Design and Data Analysis
  • EDPS 641: Introduction to Statistical Methods
  • THES 698: Thesis

Electives 

9 Credits 
  • SPTA 603: Sport Administration Ethics and Philosophy
  • SPTA 605: Organization and Administration of Recreation Programs
  • SPTA 619: Sport Facility and Event Administration
  • SPTA 620: Seminar in Sport Administration
  • SPTA 628: International and Comparative Administration of Sport
  • SPTA 677: Intercollegiate Athletics Policy
  • SPTA 691: Historical Foundations of Sport

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

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What Can You Do with an MA/MS in Sport Administration?

Ball State students have careers around the country in the areas of:

  • Administration
  • Development
  • Management
  • Operations
  • Sales
  • Sport Marketing

Most graduates immediately find jobs in the sport industry, and many find full-time employment from their internship organizations.

Some students choose to continue graduate school by enrolling in PhD programs or other master’s programs.

Paying for Your Education

Department Graduate Assistantships

A graduate assistantship is an excellent opportunity to gain meaningful professional experience while helping cover the costs of your degree. Learn more.

Ready to Apply?

Are you interested in pursuing this degree? Then you will need to meet our admissions criteria and apply.

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More Information

If you would like to learn more about this program or about Ball State Graduate School in general, please complete our online form to request more information. Or, if you’d like to speak with someone in our department directly by phone or email, please contact us.