Master of Science in Sports Administration

Program Description

Luke Gore working with an athlete The Master of Science in Sports Administration (MSSA) is a 39-credit program for individuals interested in developing competence and pursuing careers in the management of sports personnel and facilities. Graduates of this program may assume supervisory and administrative positions in a variety of settings, including public recreation systems, voluntary agencies, facility and event management, community-based athletic programs, college athletic administration, and professional sports organizations. The program is jointly administered through the Department of Kinesiology and the Graduate School.

The program emphasizes competency in seven core areas:

  • Leadership, management, and organization of recreation and sport
  • Research methods
  • Legal aspects of sports
  • Marketing of programs and facilities
  • Ethics in sports management
  • Sports in a social context
  • Financial aspects of sport


In addition, students in the program are encouraged to select coursework in the areas of Financial Accounting and Financial Management.

In this interdisciplinary program, students take graduate coursework through the Department of Kinesiology and other programs in the Graduate School, including Education, Psychology, Communication, and Liberal Studies. 

Check out this video from a Valpo Sports Administration grad student
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Students in the program complete 6 credits of University requirements intended to distinguish the degree as uniquely Valpo. In addition, students fulfill a number of distribution requirements and complete 3 credits of electives.  An important component of the Sports Administration program is the practical experience gained from the internship.  Students may chose to complete two short or one long internship experience for a total of six credits.  Recent graduates of the program have interned with the Indiana Fever and Chicago Sky of the WNBA, the Indiana Pacers of the NBA, the St. Louis Cardinals of MLB, and the Nashville Predators of the NHL.  Students are encouraged to use the connections of Valparaiso University as well as their own networks when researching internships.  

 General Requirements
6 cr
Choose one from the following:
 LS 555      
Ethics in Business 3 cr
 LS 655
Ethics and Professional Responsibility I 3 cr
 LS 656 Ethics and Professional Responsibility II 3 cr
 KIN 625
Sports Ethics
3 cr
Choose one from the following:
 LS 620 Seminar in Social Science
3 cr
 LS 650
Seminar in Religion, Culture, & Value
3 cr
 Concentration 30 cr
 KIN 615
Research Methods in Sport & Physical Education
3 cr
 KIN 621
Global Leadership & Team Development
3 cr
 KIN 633
Management & Development of Facilities
3 cr
 KIN 643
Sports Marketing, Promotions & Fundraising
3 cr
 KIN 653
Financial Aspects of Sports
3 cr
 KIN 670
Sports and the Law
3 cr
Choose two from the following:
 KIN 610
Psychology of Sports
3 cr
 KIN 620
Women & Sports
3 cr
 KIN 630
Sports & Society
3 cr
Choose one from the following:
 KIN 686
Internship in Sports Administration
6 cr
 KIN 692/795
Research Project Thesis  6 cr
3 cr
Graduate Sports Media
3 cr
COMM 512
Leadership Communication
3 cr
COMM 512
Desktop Publishing
3 cr
KIN 671
Law & Legal Principles
2 cr
  LS or KIN Graduate Elective (Econ. of Sports, History of Sports, etc)
3-6 cr
KIN 689
Professional & Career Development


Early Entry Option for VU Undergraduates

Qualified VU juniors and seniors may apply to begin graduate course work in Sports Administration prior to graduation.  This unique program allows students to save time and money on their graduate programs.  For more information, students should speak with their academic advisors and contact an admissions counselor at the Graduate School.

Criteria for Admission
Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School, which include:

  • Undergraduate degree, preferably with the equivalent of 12 credits in PE, a PE-related areas (e.g., Recreation and Leisure) or Business, from an accredited University;
  • (For International Applicants) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 550 (paper version), 230 (computer-based), or Internet Based Test (TOEFL iBT) score of at least 80; minimum IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6; CET score of 6, or an INTERLINK Language Center Level 5, or the equivalent for non-native English speakers;
  • An overall undergraduate grade point average of at least a 3.0;
  • Two letters of reference;
  • Essay detailing purpose for undertaking graduate study in Sports Administration;
  • Other requirements as stipulated by the Graduate School.

The MS in Sports Administration program features a continuous admission process, so application materials may be submitted at any time. Once received, the admission decision normally takes 2-3 weeks.

Financial Considerations
Students may be surprised to discover the affordable tuition rate at Valparaiso University.  Please visit the Student Financial Services website for current tuition rates. Financial aid may be available for students taking 6 credits or more during fall and spring semesters.

For more information on our Sports Media Certificate, click here.

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