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2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Master of Sport Administration MSA


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This program is not accepting new students after August 2023.

The Master of Sport Administration (MSA) degree at Upper Iowa University offers students the opportunity for a market advantage by delivering business administration skills alongside sector specific knowledge in the areas of collegiate athletics, professional sport and sports business. The program offers emphases in Sport Management.

The MSA provides a balance of quantitative and qualitative studies to strengthen contemporary sports administration skills. The degree prepares learners for wide ranging variety of career opportunities that might include civic/regional sports, sporting goods manufacturers, high school athletic departments, college and university athletics departments, professional sports leagues, faculty positions and not-for-profit sports programs.

Program Objectives

  • Evaluates the roles, functions, and interrelationships among collegiate athletics, professional sport and sport business’ major constituents.
  • Analyze the economic, legal, political, and technological issues that affect higher education collegiate athletics, professional sport and sport businesses and plan for changes in these issues.
  • Demonstrate skills including break-even analysis, management of operational budgets, financial planning and the basis for financial compliance in higher education collegiate athletics, professional sport and sport businesses.
  • Evaluate the educational, fiscal, and political elements of administrative decision-making in organizations, including hiring and dismissal practices of higher education collegiate athletics, professional sport and sport business.
  • Apply tested research designs and techniques to solve problems and discover opportunities in higher education collegiate athletics, professional sport and sport business.
  • Integrate a holistic view of higher education collegiate athletic, professional sport and sport business administration that includes historical, social and political dimensions.
  • Evaluate the role of leadership in higher education collegiate athletics, professional sport and sport business organizations.
  • Analyze and assess facility needs within sport, including physical property and its planning, design and construction, financing, economic impact, risk management and legal issues.
  • Value diversity both in and out of the workplace, model behavior becoming of a sport administration professional and practice global understanding.

Degree Requirements

Students are required to complete 18 credits of core requirements and 18 credits in the emphasis area for a total of 36 semester credits.

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