The graduate concentration in sport
administration offers a challenging and rewarding experience which prepares its
graduates for employment in a variety of areas within the sport industry.
Students have the opportunity to pursue a Master of Arts (M.A.) or a Master of
Science (M.S.) depending on their career goals. To earn an M.S., students
will complete a 33-credit hour curriculum highlighted by the completion of
their own research (thesis). This option is ideal for students interested
in pursuing further education at the doctoral level. The M.A. is earned
through a 33-credit hour curriculum highlighted by an on-site internship at an
organization chosen by the student, or a research project supervised by a
faculty mentor. The focus of the M.A. is applied experience that can
translate to employment after graduation.
The curriculum for both the M.A. and
M.S. begins with four core courses that include: Sport Marketing and Promotion,
Sport Law, Financial Principles in Sport, and Sport Administration. These core
courses are designed to provide the essential foundation for viewing the
complex world of sport through an administrative lens. Beyond the core courses,
students will earn 9-12 hours in electives focused on areas of interest. There
are a variety of potential electives, but some of the more popular options
include Facility and Event Management, Ethics and Philosophy of Sport, and
Intercollegiate Athletics Policy. The final component involves the
research/applied requirements. For the M.S., students will complete courses in
research methods and statistics before engaging in their thesis research. The
M.A. requires one course in research methods, as well as a 6-credit hour
internship or a 3-credit hour research project.
In addition to the comprehensive curriculum, sport administration
graduate students engage in a variety of valuable and immersive learning
experiences. Many students are granted graduate assistantships through
the School of Kinesiology of Intercollegiate Athletics.
These assistantships allow students to gain practical, real-world experience
while pursuing their degrees. Students can also gain research experience by
working directly with faculty members on an assortment of research endeavors.
It is not uncommon to have our students as co-authors on a variety of sport
research articles. Furthermore, serving as mentors to the undergraduate
students in the Sport Administration Association, especially during
Division I athletic events, has been a valuable source of experiential
learning. Additional evidence of our strong program has been
demonstrated by results in the College Sport Research Institute national case
study competition, where our teams have earned first place four of the last six
years. When these opportunities
are combined with Ball State's prime location between Indianapolis and Ft.
Wayne, as well as a record of first-rate internship placement, Ball State’s
graduate program in Sport Administration offers a premium graduate experience.
Sport Administration Graduate Program Points of Distinction
- This program won four national case study competitions at the College Sport Research Institute annual conference.
- Commits to partnerships with youth, high school, college, and professional organizations through state, regional, national, and international internships (e.g., Colts, Pacers, etc.).
- Experiential learning is interwoven into the curriculum through service learning and graduate assistantships, many of which occur by partnering with the NCAA Division I FBS Athletic Department.
- The curriculum is flexible with approximately half of the courses taught in an online or blended format. Students can choose one of three research options to complete their degree, and programs plans are uniquely tailored to each student’s goals.
2018 CSRI GRADUATE NATIONAL CASE STUDY CHAMPIONS
The links below provide more specific information:
Prospective Student Information
For more information: contact Dr. James Johnson, Program Coordinator or Amy Vold, Administrative Coordinator