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Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Sports Administration Online

Based on well-developed programs in sports management at St. Thomas University, this highly respected program develops a strong foundation of business knowledge while examining how the worlds of business and sports interact.


Program Overview

The 100% online Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Sports Administration program gives you actionable insights into the business behind the game. It provides skills to ensure that players, fans, coaches, and financial backers coexist peacefully and that sports organizations flourish.

$14,999* Total Tuition

as few as 10 months Program Duration

30-39 Credit Hours

Our sports administration program encompasses elements of economics, accounting, marketing, psychology, law and communications. Learn how to market sports ethically and effectively and how to plan events, diving into the areas of sports publicity, budgeting and administration. Study the major legal issues confronting sports administrators—such as contracts, due process, defamation, safety procedures, collective bargaining and arbitration, and risk management.

Prepare to join our network of more than 1,000 alumni with careers in nearly every aspect of professional and amateur sports in South Florida and beyond.

The MBA core curriculum emphasizes a broad range of skills in managerial accounting, policy and planning, strategy systems, international business, data analytics, financial management, and organizational behavior. Plus, you will benefit from more specialized courses in sports media and public relations, facility and event management, and the legal aspects of sports administration.

This quality MBA program is structured specifically for working professionals, with accelerated 7-week courses delivered in a convenient online format ideal for a busy lifestyle. Coursework is taught by faculty with real-world experience. Choose from six start dates each year and finish your business master's degree in as few as 10 months. Gain a comprehensive background to transition to a career in sports information, public relations, media relations, facility management, sports marketing and personnel, and more.

Note: The MBA program is comprised of 30 credit hours. However, an additional nine credit hours of foundation courses may be required based on a review of transcripts.

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Tuition

Tuition for the MBA – Sports Administration online degree program is the same for in-state and out-of-state students and can be paid by the course. Foundation courses (if needed) are $782 per credit hour.

Per Credit Hour Per Three-Credit Course Program Tuition
Tuition $833.30 $2,499.90 $24,999
Tuition after scholarship* $499.97 $1,499.90 $14,999

*All students new to the online MBA program qualify for a $10,000 scholarship, reducing tuition to $14,999.

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Calendar

The MBA – Sports Administration program is delivered in an online format, ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year. Choose the start date that is best for you.

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline
Fall II 2018 10/20/18 10/08/18 10/15/18 10/19/18 10/19/18
Spring I 2019 01/12/19 12/31/18 01/07/19 01/11/19 01/11/19
Spring II 2019 03/16/19 03/04/19 03/11/19 03/15/19 03/15/19
Summer I 2019 05/11/19 04/29/19 05/06/19 05/10/19 05/10/19
Summer 2 2019 07/06/19 06/24/19 07/01/19 07/05/19 07/05/19
Fall 1 2019 08/31/19 08/19/19 08/26/19 08/30/19 08/30/19
Fall 2 2019 10/26/19 10/14/19 10/21/19 10/25/19 10/25/19
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Admissions

Our very reasonable admission requirements allow students from diverse backgrounds greater access to the MBA – Sports Administration online program. You must hold an undergraduate degree and submit transcripts from all institutions previously attended, along with a resume.

MBA Online Admission Requirements

The following criteria are used for admission to MBA online programs, based on cumulative undergraduate GPA.

  • 2.75 or greater GPA—Must submit transcripts and resume
  • 2.5 to 2.749 GPA—Must submit transcripts and resume and have at least three years of progressive administrative work experience
  • 2.33 to 2.49 GPA—Must submit transcripts, resume, a GMAT/GRE score, and have at least four years of progressive administrative work experience

Official transcripts and all other documents should be sent to:

St. Thomas University, Office of Admissions
16401 NW 37th Ave., Mimi Dooner Hall
Miami Gardens, FL 33054-6459

Transcripts delivered via digital transcript services EScrip and Parchment should be emailed to admissions@stu.edu.

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Courses

The MBA – Sports Administration online curriculum is comprised of 10-13 courses (30-39 credit hours), including 21 credit hours of core courses, nine credit hours of electives, and up to nine credit hours of foundation courses based on a review of transcripts.

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You must take the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the acquisition of capital and debt, long-range and annual budgeting, budget management, cash flow management, short-term debt financing, and interfacing with operation functions.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course looks at concepts, theories and practices in public, private and non-profit organizations of policy-making, strategy, planning, budgeting and various implementing systems. The case-study method is integrated with a contingency approach to management. This course should be taken after most of the MBA core courses have been completed.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is a comprehensive overview of market analysis for new and ongoing products and services. Competition, innovation and the integrated organization of marketing and sales are also examined. A computer-marketing simulation is utilized.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an introduction to the international business environment and the practices of multinational corporations in functional areas such as strategic planning, foreign investment, international marketing, logistics, financial management, taxation, human resource management, etc.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an introductory framework to understand the structure and dynamics of data analytics for business in relation to descriptive, diagnostic, predictive and prescriptive analytics through the use of data, quantitative mathematical and statistical models, and information technology software and applications. Graduate students will apply data analytics for business tools to help decision-makers gain improved insights about their business operations; and therefore to support them to make better, rational, fact-based and data-driven business decisions.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the acquisition of capital and debt, long-range and annual budgeting, budget management, cash flow management, short-term debt financing, and interfacing with operation functions.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a micro-perspective on organizations within the context of motivation, leadership, communication, interpersonal relations and group dynamics. Students will be encouraged to apply theoretical material to case studies and their own organizations.

You must take the following courses.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course covers a comprehensive study of the sports information profession on the collegiate, professional and recreational levels. Included within the course are focuses on 1) the field of public relations, its history and evolution, and 2) the skills and methods involved in the duties of the SID, public relations specialist or media relations specialist as well as current attitudes and concerns in media relations between athletes, coaches, administrators and owners. Students are exposed to professionals in the field as well as athletic events in which the SID is involved.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Included within this course are the elements which shape the planning and construction of sports facilities and the issues and problems involved in facility and event management including marketing, production, personnel and budget. Students may also participate in the management of events. This course also includes visits to local facilities.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides the student with a background and understanding of the court and legal system in America and how law is used by—and applied to—athletes and athletics in America. Some of the major legal problems and issues confronting the sports administrator covered are: contracts, due process, defamation and actions against professional, college, secondary school and community programs; actions involving safety procedures; antitrust; collective bargaining and arbitration; and risk management.

The following courses may be required based on a review of transcripts.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an intensive study of accounting principles and practices for those with no previous background in accounting. The collection, reporting and interpretation of the financial data of a modern business firm is emphasized.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides an overview of basic probability and statistical techniques to provide a foundation in the use of statistical methodologies and the interpretation of the findings in analyzing business data.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is to provide the foundation for understanding accounting, economics, statistics and case study analysis. The development of the aforementioned basic skills occurs within a business-organization context and recognizes previously completed courses as well as experiential learning.

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