The School of Kinesiology at Ball State University offers a B.S. degree in sport administration. Approved by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education as Indiana's first stand-alone sport administration degree program in 2009, we are committed to producing high quality graduates by providing an innovative curriculum that embraces the campus' commitment to immersive learning.

The faculty is committed to providing students with immersive, experiential, and service-learning opportunities throughout their four year undergraduate experience. In the classroom, students will receive hands-on experience through the completion of at least two outcome-based projects for regional sport organizations, and students will organize various events on-campus to raise money for local charitable organizations. Additionally, each fall the sport administration program organizes the Chase Charlie Races to fight childhood obesity in the Muncie community.

The Sport Administration Association offers opportunities for students to learn about careers in their chosen field, network with industry professionals, and acquire event management experience working events for the athletic department and other regional sport organizations. Finally, students who are seniors will complete a 12-credit, 400-hour internship.

In addition to being housed on the campus of a Division I athletic department, Ball State's central location between Indianapolis and Fort Wayne is ideal for students pursuing a career in sport administration. Many opportunities exist to obtain volunteer, internship, and paid work experience either on campus or within a one-hour drive.

Sport Administration Program Points of Distinction

  1. The Sport Administration curriculum is almost completely experiential. Students learn by doing and graduate with experience.
  2. Our event management classes raise $7,000 per year on average to support professional development for students (Sport Administration Fund for Excellence). The fund sent two students to Colorado Springs for the United States Olympic Committee Internship fair as well as countless others to networking conferences in Chicago and Indianapolis.
  3. Our relationship with Ball State Athletics allows students an opportunity to gain experience in operations and on-field promotions as early as in the introductory course.  Ball State Athletics pays our co-curricular club (Sport Administration Association) for our volunteer efforts and as a result, our co-curricular club has money to take major-wide networking trips and pay sport industry speakers to network with students on campus.
  4. The mandated internship can be completed at sport organizations across the country and abroad!

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For more information see our sport administration program brochure or contact Dr. Liz Wanless.