Northwestern University School of Continuing Studies

School of Professional Studies

Master of Arts in Sports Administration


Wieboldt Hall, 6th Floor

339 East Chicago Avenue

Chicago, IL 60611

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA in Sports Administration

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Sports is a multibillion-dollar business. It demands professionals with skills ranging from finance to marketing, from communications to risk management. The School of Professional Studies has developed a master's program to prepare students for leadership positions in all segments of the sports industry. With the proliferation of sports programs in colleges across the United States, Northwestern stands out in its commitment to providing a program with world-class credibility and academic excellence, backed by leaders in the industry. Students have access to faculty expertise from all aspects of the sports industry including team executives, sports agents, corporate sports consultants, and professionals in sports media, events, sponsorship marketing, and collegiate and professional administration, to name a few. Students who are serious about the business of sports gain an understanding of theoretical concepts and the ability to apply those concepts in an 11-course curriculum encompassing the diverse aspects of the sports profession. The MSA curriculum consists of six core courses that provide students with a solid foundation in strategic, analytic, and creative thinking relevant to the business of sports; three elective courses covering topics such as social media strategy and sports economics; a leadership course, and the capstone project. MSA courses are offered weeknights on the Chicago and Evanston campuses. The MSA program provides students with access to Chicago’s fast-paced sports community—from guest speakers to program events, students are exposed to professionals who are shaping the Chicago, national and even international sports marketplace.


Northwestern University is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Loans Offered: Students in master's degree programs may qualify for federal or private loans. Graduate students should direct their financial aid eligibility questions to the Chicago Office of Financial Aid at 312-503-8722.

Locale: Midsize City

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