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A Top-Ranked Master's Degree for Sport Business & Administration

UNC is proud to offer our Sport and Exercise Science MS: Sport Administration Emphasis degree – ranked top 5 in the world in 2012 by SportBusiness International© magazine – online. Now students all over the U.S. and the world have access to this top-ranked program.

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This 12-month program features a convenient online delivery, and is one of the nation’s strongest of its kind. You’ll study sport finance, program management, marketing, law, events & facilities, fundraising & development, and current issues in the sport industry.

Through This Program You Will...

  • Discover new resources and expand your networking contacts
  • Transfer new skills to your work and open up new career options
  • Demonstrate greater expertise in your field
  • Incorporate your talents and interests into your degree

Prepare for a Rewarding Career in Sport Management and Administration

Graduates have secured jobs with organizations in the NFL, MLB, MLS, NHL and in university athletic departments across the country. The network of alumni from this UNC program includes professionals with:

  • The Denver Broncos, Avalanche and Rapids
  • The New York Yankees
  • Multiple U.S. Olympic sport organizations
  • The Air Force Academy, University of Colorado, Colorado State University and UNC

Where will you head with your sports career? Specialize your studies to pursue opportunities with team organizations, sponsorship, apparel and licensing, facilities, ticketing and more.

High-Quality Online Education

UNC is committed to Quality Matters standards for online courses. The Sport Administration program coordinator has systematically built and evaluated our courses based on these rigorous, research-based standards. Find out more about online learning at UNC.

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This online program can be completed in one calendar year, and you can still work while pursuing your master's degree. Some students coordinate their internships during one extra term.

The program internships provide special opportunities to help you bridge the gap between theory and experience, which means you will complete our program with working knowledge and connections in the field.

Coursework (30 Credit Hours)

To see the upcoming courses, visit this program's Current Students page.

Program Completion Options


A Comprehensive Examination must be completed by all students who do not elect the thesis option. Your comprehensive examination will consist of a non-sequestered written literature review and analysis paper, focused on the content addressed in the Sport Administration emphasis.


The thesis option is completed via enrollment in SES 699, which can be applied to your elective credits (see above). The thesis will require completion of a research study, including data collection and appropriate analysis. The thesis option requires advisor approval, and is designed for students who may continue to a Ph.D. program.

For full details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.

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What Our Students Say...

The UNC master’s program proved to be a tremendous asset to my growth within the Sport Administration field. The program not only teaches theoretical aspects of Sport Administration but more importantly teaches you how to utilize those theories in the field. Another great aspect is how they schedule the program with the working person in mind, allowing you to pursue the degree as you continue to work.

– Seth Tjaden, US Air Force Academy Athletics

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I chose the Sport Administration program because I had heard that this was one of the top programs in the country. My professors provided an outstanding education where they were able to share their real life experience and didn't just teach us out of a book. The program was challenging and they kept us engaged because we used the knowledge and tools we acquired on projects we completed for sports organizations.

– Terry Anderson, Program Coordinator, Aims Community College

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The design of the UNC program and the attentiveness of the faculty provided a great opportunity for me to earn my masters while working full time for the U.S. Olympic Committee. The coursework enabled me to understand how theories and what we learn in the classroom can be useful in my career. The broad life experiences the professors bring to the classroom really added to the quality of education I received.

– Lisa Elson, Coordinator International Games, US Olympic Committee

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When I was deciding on where to get my Sport Administration Master’s degree, I was looking for several things: the experience of the faculty, convenience, and a small class size. The University of Northern Colorado’s Sport & Exercise Science department checked all of these boxes. During my time in the program I was challenged to think outside of the box, and given the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse group of classmates. I can truly say my degree from UNC made it possible for me to get to where I am today.

– Alex Yack, Assistant Athletics Director, Texas Tech University

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