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Sport Administration, M.A.

School of Natural Sciences

When you gain the skills to lead in the sports world,
the possibilities are endless.

Develop your sport administration skills with FPU's online Master of Arts in Sport Administration. The program is designed for students with or without a background in sport administration, or those who are currently employed as sport administrators.

You’ll gain advanced knowledge in sport leadership and administration, sport marketing and sport sales and sponsorship. Students are expected to be working or volunteering in the sport administration field during the fall and spring semesters.

Program Highlights

  • Work and earn degree simultaneously
  • Courses are offered fully online
  • Study how to improve your sport administration skills

Catalog

Program Director: Jim Ave, PhD, ATC

Overview

The program is designed for students with or without a background in sport administration, or those who are currently employed as sport administrators. The program will provide advanced knowledge in sport leadership and administration, sport marketing, revenue and finance, sales and sponsorship to position students for sport administration positions. Students are expected to be working or volunteering in the sport administration field during the fall and spring semesters.

Admission Requirements:

  • Application form and fee.
  • One current reference form.
  • 2.75 or greater GPA. Individuals with GPA below 2.75 must submit the following:
    • A letter of explanation if GPA is below 2.75.
    • Resume including all related professional and extracurricular experiences.
  • Official transcripts verifying a bachelor’s degree in sport administration, sport management, business, kinesiology, physical education, or related area from a regionally accredited institution.

Master of Arts in Sport Administration Mission Statement

The mission of the Master of Arts in Sport Administration is to prepare individuals to become exemplary and scholarly sport administrators and leaders by providing educational opportunities to achieve academic, social, spiritual, professional, and personal development.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze disciplinary content knowledge/theories and modes of inquiry that form the basis for sport administration practice.
  2. Apply disciplinary content knowledge and theories to affect their sport administration and leadership abilities.
  3. Apply continuous professional learning to further his or her own professional development, to be an advocate for the sport administration discipline, and to be a responsive and reflective sport administrator.
  4. Evaluate leadership theories to identify and develop their own sport administration leadership philosophy.
  5. Analyze ethical and moral situations that are related to sport, teaching physical education, coaching sports, practicing athletic training, and administering sport programs using the values, principles, and standards of one’s profession. 

Program Length/Semester Starts

The Master of Arts in Sport Administration may start in the fall semester and the program is 4 semesters or 16 months in length.

Locations Offered

Online

Required Courses (21 Units)

  • SPA 700 - Sport Career Development Credits 3
  • SPA 705 - Sport Marketing Credits 3
  • SPA 710 - Sport Revenue and Finance Credits 3
  • SPA 715 - Sport Leadership and Administration Credits 3
  • SPA 720 - Sport Sales and Sponsorship Credits 3
  • SPA 792A - Sport Administration Professional Development I Credits 3
  • SPA 792B - Sport Administration Professional Development II Credits 3

Master of Arts Core (9 Units)

  • KIN 715 - Legal Aspects of Kinesiology and Sport Credits 3
  • KIN 771 - Research Methods in Kinesiology Credits 3
  • KIN 779 - Values in Kinesiology and Sport Credits 3
  • SPA 796 - Comprehensive Examination Credits 0

Possibilities Await
With an FPU Education

The decision to embark on graduate studies is a big one. Our 40+ graduate programs will equip you to succeed in your career and in your life. You’ll become part of a small community of learners, thrive in a flexible learning environment  and be challenged by a rigorous curriculum. Learn how much further you can go at FPU!  

For more information, contact the campus nearest you, attend an information meeting or ask about a program.

First Steps to Admission

  • Apply online
  • Submit 2-3 reference forms (Varies based on program of interest)
    These can be filled out by academic or professional acquaintances familiar with your ability to complete graduate-level work. Print the reference form.
  • Include statement of intent.
    You can also provide an addendum explaining your interest in the program, any long-term goals and your experience in the field.
  • Request official transcripts.
    Transcripts must be from accredited institutions to verify your bachelor’s degree. Send transcripts electronically to trans.evaluator@fresno.edu or mail sealed transcripts to the Registrar’s Office at 1717 S. Chestnut Ave. Fresno, CA 93702.
  • Complete program requirements.
    These requirements are specific to your program of choice. You will be contacted for an interview and additional requirements if applicable.
  • Apply for financial aid.
    You can apply for FAFSA.  Use FPU school code: 001253
  • Schedule an appointment.
    Meet with your Student Financial Services Advisor. You can contact them at 559-453-2041 | sfs@fresno.edu.

Program Requirements

  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
    • If GPA is below 2.75 please submit a current resume and letter of explanation
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcripts verifying bachelor’s degree in sport administration, sport management, business, kinesiology, physical education

State Authorization

State authorization is a federal requirement in the HigherEducation Act that requires institutions to be authorized in the state in which online programs are offered. Fresno Pacific University works regularly with individual state authorization agencies to meet each state's requirements. Currently, Fresno Pacific University has received authorization to offer online degree programs in all but six states: Georgia, Michigan, New York, New Mexico, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.

For the latest updates on the status of FPU's authorization in your state, contact your FPU Admissions representative.

Cost & Financial Aid

The below listed prices reflect the current and upcoming Fall and Spring semesters and do not include any financial aid. Paying for college can be an overwhelming step in education your journey. We can help you find all the opportunities to reduce your out of pocket costs.

Tuition & Fees

2022-23
Tuition per Unit Amount
700 Level $705
Teacher Education $705
MBA $757*
MSN and LEAD $720
KIN $570
Other Costs Amount
Student services fee (per semester) $60
* Field Placement Fee (charged for both the international and regional trip semesters) $1,500
2021-22
Tuition per Unit Amount
700 Level $690
Teacher Education $690
MBA $757*
MSN and LEAD $710
KIN $560

* Fall 2020 & later cohorts

Other Costs Amount
Student services fee (per semester) $60
* Field Placement Fee (charged for both the international and regional trip semesters) $1,500

* This is an estimate. Costs subject to change. Cost of attendance figures are used for budgeting purposes only and represent an estimate of projected tuition and fees for the coming academic year. Actual tuition rates are approved by the Board of Trustees and may vary.

Types of aid

Financial aid can refer to scholarships, grants and loans, which are available to you from the government, the university or outside sources. Aid types vary depending on the type of student you are.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates are prepared for sport administration positions at all levels, including high school, community college, university, professional and private-sector. This program does not lead to an administrative credential.

Career Development Happens Here

The staff in our Career Development and Experiential Learning Center are here to help you prepare to enter the working world. Whether your a freshman or an FPU alum, there are a number of resources and trainings offered to help you find the internship and job you’re looking for.

  • Resume writing classes
  • Career assessments, exploration & planning
  • Job search and networking opportunities
  • and much more

Visit the Career Development Center