Sport Management Studies

Sport Management Studies Online Master of Science (M.S.) - Intercollegiate Athletic Administration Concentration

About Intercollegiate Athletic Administration

Become more marketable in athletic administration with a 100% online master's degree.

Develop in-depth understanding and strategic skills to thrive in intercollegiate athletics. Earn your M.S. in Sport Management Studies with a concentration in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration online at California University of Pennsylvania: Put your love of sports on a strategic and successful career path.

The Intercollegiate Athletic Administration concentration focuses on sport governance, sport compliance, legal aspects of equity in intercollegiate athletics, human resource strategies in intercollegiate athletics, sport finance, ethics, marketing and more.

Leading employers respect Cal U for high-quality education focused on developing qualified management professionals for today's sports organizations. Cal U was the first school in the nation to offer a 100% online master's degree in sport management.

Get ahead with in-depth study.

  • Build a sound management foundation to succeed in the intercollegiate sports industry, learning from top faculty experts in Pennsylvania and from across the country.
  • Earn your master's degree in as little as 12 months attending full time or 17 months attending part-time.
  • Get promoted or move into new leadership positions in public, private nonprofit and commercial sectors in intercollegiate athletics and sports leagues, businesses and organizations.


The Master of Science in Sport Management Studies program offers the Intercollegiate Athletic Administration concentration to prepare working professionals with the skills to succeed in sport organizations that govern intercollegiate athletics. A 12-credit post-bachelor's certificate in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration also is available. Students also can choose these degree concentrations:

Sport Mentorship
Sport Management Studies students gain comprehensive on-the-job experience with the opportunity to practice sport management theory in a practical setting under the direct supervision of a recognized leader in the sports industry. You'll select the site to complete your mentorship, which also can, if approved, be your current place of employment. Students complete a minimum of 300 hours in the 12-credit Sport Mentorship course.

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#6 ranks Cal U's online Master's of Science in Sport Management Studies degree #6 in the nation.
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Degree Benefits

Cal U's 100% online Master of Science in Sport Management Studies degree lets you:

  • Be a student at a historic state university while working full time.

  • Learn from expert faculty and student peers. .

  • Get in-depth knowledge of sports organizations in intercollegiate athletics.

  • Build valuable contacts in the sports industry.

  • Become part of a global professional network of program alumni.

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Graduate Outcomes

Sport management students are ready for key roles in management and leadership within the sports industry. Graduates go on to such positions as athletic director, head football coach, fitness center director and physical education instructor. Cal U students also work in a wide range of sport businesses and organizations:

  • NCAA Division I, II and III intercollegiate athletics administration.

  • NAIA intercollegiate athletics.

  • Interscholastic athletics nationwide.

  • Major and minor league baseball.

  • NHL and NFL.

  • Public parks and recreation.

  • YMCA.

Curriculum, Admission Requirements and Related Programs

Sport management studies students learn practical approaches and results-focused strategies to help advance the strategic goals of intercollegiate organizations.

Course Credits
SPT 700  Research Methods in Sport 3
SPT 710  Socio-cultural Aspects of Sport 3
SPT 720  Sport Marketing 3
SPT 730  Public Relations in Sport 3
SPT 740  Legal Aspects in Sport 3
SPT 750  Sport Finance 3
SPT 760  Sport Ethics 3
SPT 770  Leadership and Management in Sport 3
SPT 790  Sport Governance 3
SPT 791  Sport Compliance 3
SPT 792  Legal Aspects of Equity in Intercollegiate Athletics 3
SPT 793  Development of Human Resource Strategies in Intercollegiate Athletics 3
Total 36



Admission Requirements

Regular Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.00 or higher (Students with a GPA below 3.00 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements:
    • Bachelor's degree with a GPA under 3.00 will be reviewed for a decision
    • Resume listing at least two professional references

Provisional Admission
Applicants who have provided unofficial documentation of test scores, prerequisite courses, transcripts or lack of letter(s) of recommendation may be admitted provisionally.

This policy also applies to undergraduate students who apply for graduate admission pending bachelor degree completion. Upon receipt of all official documents, a student will be changed from Provisional Admission to either Regular Admission or Conditional Admission. Provisional Admission students may take classes for one term but will not be eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

How to Apply:

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Box 91
250 University Ave. 
California, PA 15419

For additional information:
Phone: 1.866.595.6348

Related Programs



  • Intercollegiate Athletic Administration



Worldwide Appeal


Students enroll from all 50 states, and from around the globe. Many students study full time or part time while on active duty in military service.


Strategic Sport Analysis

The specialized concentration in Strategic Sport Analysis in the Master of Science in Sport Management Studies program prepares you to incorporate analytics and economic analyses into the daily management of sport organizations.


Sport Management

The master's degree in Sport Management Studies offers the Sport Management concentration that enables working professionals to develop solid skills to meet the challenges of the dynamic sports world.

Sport Management Studies Faculty

Dr. Carol Biddington

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Dr. Mary Kreis
Associate Professor

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Dr. Laura Miller
Professor, Sport Management Program Director

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Dr. Robert G. Taylor
Associate Professor and Program Coordinator

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Dr. Brian D. Wood
Associate Professor

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