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Ohio University's Master of Sports Administration Program Again Ranked #1 in the World

ATHENS, OH – Ohio University’s Master of Sports Administration program was ranked first overall program based on alumni satisfaction and employment in the 2016 SportBusiness International Postgraduate Sports Course Ranking.

“We are incredibly proud to receive such a high honor from SportBusiness International, especially since the MSA program is celebrating its 50th anniversary,” says Hugh Sherman, dean of Ohio University’s College of Business. “OHIO is the birthplace for sports administration education, and this program has led the way by continuing to evolve with industry trends to provide our students with the competitive edge they need to be successful in whichever career path they choose.”

This is the fourth time OHIO’s MSA program has been ranked first in the world out of the five years that SportBusiness International has ranked graduate-level sports programs. This ranking is based on alumni full-time employment after graduation and quality of teaching. This year, OHIO’s MSA program also ranked first in the American, Graduates’ Choice and Course Leaders’ Choice categories.

“Our more than 1,300 MSA alums and more than 3,500 alumni overall are making an impact in the sports industry and giving back to the next generation of sports business leaders by providing our students with mentorship, practical learning experiences and networking opportunities,” says Norm O’Reilly, the Fox professor of management and chair of the department of sports administration at Ohio University.

In recent partnership with AECOM, a global and industry leading infrastructure firm, the AECOM Center for Sports Administration is providing international educational opportunities and resources for students. The department of sports administration also expanded its executive education programs, including landmark partnership with the National Association of Sport Commissions.

“We are not resting on our laurels, rather we are in constant state of innovation,” says Robert Boland, Ohio University’s MSA program director. “We are striving to ensure all our MSA classes are taught by the finest faculty and embrace the most current ideas.”

About OHIO’s Program
Ohio University’s Master of Sports Administration program delivers graduate-level education through classroom and practical experiences taught by sport business professors who are recognized as experts in their fields and active in the industry. By combining a broad core curriculum with the freedom of choosing certain elective courses, students receive an education that meets their needs, interests and future goals. The MSA program is accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation, which promotes and acknowledges excellence in sports management education.

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