Miami University is known as the “Cradle of Coaches,” as football coaches Paul Brown, Weeb Ewbank, and Ara Parseghian all have ties to the Oxford, Ohio, school. While Miami may be the place to start a football coaching career, Ohio University has long been the school to launch a sports management career.
Known as the cradle of college athletic directors, Ohio University established the first specialized academic sports program in the country in 1966. An academic rival of Miami University, it boasts the country’s largest number of graduates in sports management careers.
Ohio University's School of Recreation and Sport Sciences boasts the largest undergraduate major enrollment on campus at the eastern Ohio school of 16,644 undergraduates. The school not only prepares students for sports management, but also careers in athletic training, coaching, exercise physiology, physical education, and recreation studies.
The program offers hands-on learning, state-of-the-art labs, and community outreach programs.
Sports Administration and Facility Management
Ohio University is one of the few schools in the country that offers a dual-degree graduate program that includes a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Sports Administration. The program also offers a juris doctor in cooperation with Capital Law School.
The school only accepts 25 students each year from 200 applicants. According to Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal, the average Graduate Management Admissions Test score for students in the Sports Administration and Facility Management program is 548.
According to Ohio University, more than 85% of its sports administration and facility management program graduates are employed in key positions within intercollegiate athletics, professional sports, public assembly facilities, sports tours, motor sports, corporate sports organizations, sports media, and the entertainment industries.
Distinguished alumni from either Ohio's undergraduate or masters programs include Pat O'Conner, president and chief executive officer of Minor League Baseball; Derrick Hall, president of the Arizona Diamondbacks; Andy Dolich, chief operating officer of the San Francisco 49ers; and more than 30 college athletic directors.
Ohio University offers a first-rate website detailing its undergraduate and master’s programs. The master’s program site offers an alumni directory, job board, alumni and program news, faculty profiles, and a history of the program.