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Adrian College Sports Administration & Leadership



To be eligible for the Master of Arts in Sports Administration and Leadership program, students must hold a bachelor's degree from accredited institution of higher learning with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. No GRE is required to apply.

Application Process and Deadline

To apply, students should submit the following items:

  • Completed application
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of professional goals

Note: This program accepts students on a rolling-admission basis and applications are accepted throughout the year



The Master of Arts in Sport Administration and Leadership (MASAL) program can be completed in two years (nine credit hours per semester) for a total of 36 credit hours.

In the MASAL program, students receive an education that is immediately applicable to sport management careers yet still driven by advances in theory. For students interested in being a leader in the sport management field, critically analyzing complex problems, and using theory and research to identify and solve issues for sport organizations, then the MASAL program at Adrian College is the best option.

This program provides stimulating learning experiences to future leaders in the sport industry. Students will acquire an understanding of profits as well as people, learning to function as change-leaders in their teams or organizations. Our instructors are scholars with real industry experience.

Most courses include internships, assistantships, and class projects that require the student to investigate a problem and attempt to solve it through critical thinking. The MASAL graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of current problems, trends, and issues in sport management in general and specifically in niche sport markets.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the core concepts of socio-psychological aspects of sport, the marketing of sport, and such specific aspects as promotions, public relations, advertising and sales as they relate primarily to niche areas of the sport industry.
  • Demonstrate ability to transfer theoretical knowledge into a practical application environment.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and ability to create a marketing plan.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of administration and leadership of sport facilities and events.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of communication and relationship in relation to leadership.
  • Understand and describe the need for continuing research in sport management.

Graduation Requirements

The Master of Arts in Sports Administration and Leadership is awarded to students who have completed the 36 required credit hours. Additionally:

  • A 3.0 cumulative GPA is required to continue in each program. A letter regarding each student's progress toward graduation will be sent at the end of each semester by the Office of Academic Affairs.
  • Students may not have more than two courses with a grade of ā€œCā€ or less.
  • A student may not repeat a class more than once.

Course Listing

The 36-hour graduate program consists of the following courses:

SAL 510: Sport Administration
SAL 511: Sport Ethics
SAL 512: Sport Sales
SAL 520: Leadership in Sport
SAL 521: Sport Law
SAL 522: Sport Marketing
SAL 532: Sport Event Planning and Management
SAL 533: Sport and Gender
SAL 536: Intercollegiate Athletics or SAL 537: Youth Sports
SAL 542: Sport Facility Management
SAL 550: Topics in Sport Administration and Leadership
SAL 569: Practicum or Research

Resources for Sports Adminstration Graduate Students

Scholarships & Grants

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Financial Aid

Apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

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