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Athletic Administration

The Athletic Administration specialization focuses on training educators to become athletic directors or sport managers. This specialization provides educators with leadership skills through practical application and broad knowledge of social, political, and economic forces at work in society that affect sports and athletics. Course content is research-based and aligns directly with the professional standards set forth by the Sport Management Program Review Council.

  • Completed admission application packet, including a $50 nonrefundable application fee made payable to Nova Southeastern University.
  • Official transcript indicating conferral of a bachelor’s degree by a regionally accredited institution (2.5 minimum cumulative grade-point average required).
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended postsecondary institutions.

CORE COURSES (12 credits)

Course Number Course Title and Description Credits
EDU 5000 Orientation to the Graduate Teacher Education Program 0
CUR 526 Educational Research for Practitioners 3
EDL 510 Ethical School Leadership 3
EDL 500 Problem Solving and Visionary Leadership 3
EDL 525 Human Resources: Process and Staff Development 3


Course Number Course Title Credits
ATH 500 Leadership in Athletic Administration 3
ATH 510 Socio-Cultural and Ethical Foundations of Sport 3
ATH 520 Essentials of Sports Law 3
ATH 530 Marketing in Athletic Administration 3
ATH 540 Economics and Finance in Athletic Administration 3
ATH 550 Event Planning and Public Relations in Athletic Administration 3
ATH 560 Field Experience Advising 1
ATH 670 Applied Field Experience in Athletic Administration I 3
ATH 675 Applied Field Experience in Athletic Administration II 3
ATH 671 Applied Research in Athletic Administration I 3
ATH 676 Applied Research in Athletic Administration II 3


Coursework in the athletic administration master’s degree program is conducted entirely online. This approach allows students – including international students and those who don’t live near our South Florida campuses – to receive and submit coursework and interact with participants and professors via the Internet. This distance education option allows busy professionals the option to complete their athletic administration graduate program online without having to leave their jobs or travel long distances.

Faculty members for the master of science in education are scholars and educators from Nova Southeastern University and other major universities and institutions throughout the country. In addition many are also highly respected professional practitioners, who are carefully selected on the basis of their subject expertise, teaching abilities, and professional involvement. Most importantly, they are united in their desire to not only educate, but to inspire students to use what they learn to motivate others.

  • Satisfactory completion of all required coursework;
  • Successful completion of the Field Experience;
  • Cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher;
  • Completed application for degree.

Students are advised to contact their state department of education or an Enrollment Services Representative (Academic Advisor) to determine if this program is suitable for certification/licensure and their career goals.

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