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10 Most Affordable Top-Ranked Schools for Online Master’s in Sports Management Degree Programs 2016

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By SMDG Staff
February 2016

In this article, we list the most affordable among top-ranked schools with online master’s in sports management degree programs for 2016.

For most head coach and collegiate athletic director positions, a graduate degree in sports management is required. What’s not required? Going into debt to pursue your passion or dream to work in the sports industry. Today, online master’s in sports management degree programs are offered at low cost, and with a significant return on investment.

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Methodology

We identified an initial list of outstanding institutions by reviewing the rankings in Forbes magazine, The Princeton Review, and U.S. News and World Report. From among the superset of the most highly regarded institutions with graduate programs in sports management, we selected the 10 with the lowest graduate tuition according to NCES College Navigator

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Ranking the 10 Most Affordable Top-Ranked Schools for Online Master’s in Sports Management

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#10 – Lasell College

Online Master’s in Sport Management

Newton, Massachusetts

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Lasell College - Top Online Master's Sports Management

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $10,330

Earning an online Master’s in Sports Management degree from Lasell College means attending one of the top ranked private institutions in the country. In fact, U.S. News and World Report ranks the college as the 26th Best Regional Colleges in the North, according to the 2016 edition of Best Colleges. Located just ten miles from Boston, the school offers a residential atmosphere with access to internships and activities in the city. Other rankings by U.S. News include #20 for Best Colleges for Veterans, and the Chronicle of Higher Education lists the school as among the Top 10 Fastest Growing Colleges. The accredited online sports management degree program is taught by industry professionals with decades of experience working as sports attorneys and athletic leaders.

#9 – Liberty University

Online Master’s in Sports Management

Lynchburg, Virginia

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Liberty University - Top Online Master's Sports Management

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $9,710

Recognized as among the top Sports Administration graduate programs, Liberty University offers a Master of Science in Sport Management degree with three areas of specialty – Outdoor Adventure Sport, Sport Administration, and Tourism. The school has received several rankings by U.S. News and World Report. In fact, the 2016 edition of Best Colleges lists Liberty University as the 80th Best Regional University in the South and the 58th Best College for Veterans. Liberty’s online master’s in sports management is offered as a non-thesis program, designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead in industry related fields. Students take courses in ethics, financial management, and legal issues, as related to the world of sports and fitness.

#8 – Ohio University Main Campus

Online Master’s in Athletic Administration

Athens, Ohio

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Ohio University - Top Online Master's Sports Management

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $9,510

Students in search of an accredited online sports management degree may choose from one of the sports administration graduate programs offered at Ohio University’s Main Campus in Athens. Successful completion of the program earns a Master’s in Athletic Administration. Accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA), the program focuses on demanding and rigorous curriculum that prepares students for the ever-changing field of interscholastic athletic administration. Ohio University is ranked as the 135th Best National University in the United States by U.S. News and World Report. According to the 2016 edition of Best Colleges, the school ranks as the 68th Best Top Public School, with many of the university’s online master’s programs earning top ranked spots.

#7 – Georgia Southern University

Online MS in Sports Management

Statesboro, Georgia

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Georgia Southern University - Top Online Master's Sports Management

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $8,728

Found in the rural area of Statesboro, Georgia, approximately 200 miles from Atlanta, Georgia Southern University offers an online sport’s management master’s degree program that is highly ranked by U.S. News and World Report. In fact, the online graduate business programs (excluding the MBA) at Georgia Southern are ranked #21 out of over 1,200 similar programs in the country. This ranking includes the online Master’s in Sport Management. The program is designed to be completed in 24 months, or with the option of taking courses as the students’ schedules permit. Course topics include financial and strategic management in sport, revenue generation in sport, sport law and risk management, and sport marketing.

#6 – Texas A&M University – College Station

Online Master’s in Sports Management

College Station, Texas

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Texas A&M University - Top Online Master's Sports Management

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $8,554

Among the top ranked online sport management graduate programs, Texas A&M University in College Station offers a non-thesis required degree in sports management. Successful completion of the degree program earns an online MS in Sports Management. Texas A&M is nationally ranked among the best universities in the country. In fact, U.S. News and World Report ranks the university as the 70th Best National University in the United States. Other rankings include #21 among the Best Value Schools, #58 among the Best Colleges for Veterans, and #26 among the Top Public Schools. Low in-state graduate tuition also earns Texas A&M University a top spot on our list of online master’s in sports management degree programs. Ready to become an Aggie?

#5 – Troy University

Online Master’s in Sport and Fitness Management

Troy, Alabama

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Troy University - Top Online Master's Sports Management

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $7,372

Students interested in pursuing an online master’s in sports business find the Master of Science in Sport and Fitness Management at Troy University to be a favorable choice. The program at Troy is one of only five graduate sport management programs in the United States accredited with COSMA – Commission on Sport Management Accreditation. The school offers one of only three COSMA accredited graduate sports management programs that are offered entirely online. Students gain a flexible study program, COSMA accreditation, and prestigious rankings from some of the top ranking indicators in the country. In fact, U.S. News and World Report ranks Troy University as the 65th Best Regional University in the South, according to the 2016 edition of Best Colleges. Other rankings include #27 among Top Public Schools. Princeton Review has named Troy University as a Best in the South East School, seven years in a row.

#4 – University of Central Missouri

Online Sport’s Management Master’s

Warrensburg, Missouri

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University of Central Missouri - Top Online Master's Sports Management

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $7,326

Top regional rankings and low in-state graduate tuition earn the University of Central Missouri a high ranking on our list for earning an online MS in Sports Management. Students enrolled in the online Master’s in Sport Management program may select the thesis or internship option. Six credits are earned for completion of the thesis and 3-4 credits are earned for completion of the internship. The University of Central Missouri is highly ranked with U.S. News and World Report. In fact, the 2016 edition of Best Colleges lists the school as the 75th Best Regional University in the Midwest and the 21st Best Top Public School in the country.

#3 – Winona State University

Online Master’s in Sports Management

Winona, Minnesota

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Winona State University - Top Online Master's Sports Management

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $7,130

The unique sport management program at Winona State University allows students to earn a Master of Science in Leadership Education with a concentration in Sport Management. The online master’s in sports management degree program requires a combination of core leadership education courses with sports management emphasis. The program requires a successfully completed capstone writing project and comprehensive examination of both areas of study. Winona State University is highly ranked with U.S. News and World Report and The Princeton Review. In the 2016 edition of Best Colleges, U.S. News ranks Winona as the 72nd Best Regional Universities in the Midwest and the 18th Best Top Public School. Other rankings include #56 among the Best Colleges for Veterans.

#2 – Indiana State University

Online Master’s in Sports Management and Recreation

Terre Haute, Indiana

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Indiana State University - Top Online Master's Sports Management

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $7,040

Students interested in the top sports management MBA programs find the online Master’s in Recreation and Sport Management degree from Indiana State University to suit their interests. The degree program combines several areas of study, including business, legal aspects, marketing, and recreation. Offering much more than a generalized degree program, students gain insight into the business and marketing world of sports and recreation. Successful completion of the accredited program earns a Master’s applicable to all areas of the sports industry. Indiana State offers one of the cheapest in-state graduate tuition rates among comparable schools offering online master’s in sports management programs. The school is also highly ranked with U.S. News and World Report.

#1 – Arkansas State University

Online Master’s in Sports Management

Jonesboro, Arkansas

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Arkansas State University - Top Online Master's Sports Management

Graduate Tuition/Fees: $5,576

Recognized as one of the best sports administration graduate programs in the country, Arkansas State University offers an online Sport’s Management Master’s degree that is accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA). High rankings and low graduate tuition rates earn the university a top spot on our list of online master’s in sports management degree programs. The university is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the 53rd Best Regional University in the South. Other rankings include #21 among the Top Public Schools, #41 among the Best Colleges for Veterans, and #12 among the Best Online MBA Programs in the country.

By SMD Staff
Posted January 2016


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