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Master of Sport Administration (MSA)

Graduate Degree

The UIU Advantage

Looking for an exceptional, convenient education to advance or kick off your career in sports? UIU’s Master of Sport Administration is delivered entirely online. As a graduate, you will understand the organizational, financial, personnel and technology issues involved in sport and sport business and have a greater understanding of the needs within athletic departments in high school, college, and professional sports.

Why Master of Sport Administration at UIU?

  • Your MSA follows a fast-paced, 8-week curriculum that is especially flexible, convenient and affordable for adult learners.
  • The MSA degree provides learners with the current theories, concepts, and learning models necessary to assume administrative, coaching and leadership roles in high school, higher education and sports business settings.
  • Graduates are positioned to make significant contributions to their respective sport organizations.
  • Learn from faculty who have real-world experience and are experts in the fields they teach; enjoy the support of helpful, caring staff who are there for you from start to finish.

Area of Emphasis

The degree is available with an emphasis in:

  • Sport Management


The Upper Iowa University Master of Sport Administration degree requires 36 semester credits of graduate-level coursework with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for completion. A full-time course load is three semester credits per session (UIU has two sessions per semester).

MSA Vision Statement

The Master of Sport Administration Program of the School of Business and Professional Studies at Upper Iowa University is committed to establishing itself as a national leader in educating and preparing graduate students who maintain active, healthy lifestyles for leadership positions in sports organizations. Our success is dependent upon a diverse community of students, the support of alumni and friends, and faculty members who are uniquely qualified to lead the changing world of sports through valued partnerships and excellent service to sports organizations.

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MSA Courses

See course descriptions for the classes you need for your Master of Sport Administration degree.

Academic Calendar

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Careers with an MSA

Graduates can find employment in a variety of fields, such as coaching, compliance, facility and event management, hospitality management, marketing, public relations, recruiting, sport information, sport management (Olympic, intercollegiate, high school, youth), and student athlete affairs.

Tricia Vogel

Tricia Vogel, '20

Master of Sports Administration

The MSA program at Upper Iowa has been very beneficial to me and future career goals. I have learned practical knowledge that can be easily applied to my goals of becoming an athletic director. The professors in the MSA program were all very helpful and provided a great learning experience for me. I am glad that I chose Upper Iowa for my MSA.

Distance Learning

adult student in class

Unique Course Schedule

Most graduate students take one course each eight-week session, allowing for higher comprehension, achievement and balancing of your studies with your other commitments.


When you’re ready to apply for your Master of Sport Administration, we’re ready to help you every step of the way.

Academic Support Services

Providing resources to support you through your classes.

Karla Gavin

Faculty Spotlight

Karla K. Gavin
Director of the Master of Sport Administration Program - Associate Professor of Sport Administration (2010)

One of my favorite responsibilities of being a faculty member is serving as an academic advisor for my students.  I enjoy putting puzzles together and that is what advising is, finding the right pieces to fit together to meet the students’ needs, so they can accomplish their personal and academic goals.