The Bachelor of Arts in Sports Administration (BASA) program provides undergraduate level studies for traditional and non-traditional students seeking a career in sports administration, including in the areas of recreation, youth, collegiate, and professional leagues.

The program provides students with a unique academic experience: a strong background in the fundamental aspects of sports administration (law, finance, marketing, and fundraising), as well a specialization in a particular area of sport (coaching, fitness, and facilities, among others). It supports the success of students in the educational process and prepares them to be world citizens through global education, while encouraging the development of applied research for practitioners in the field of sports and recreation administration.

The BASA Program is administered from the Metropolitan and Florham Campuses, and conducted in the traditional on-campus format. It is also available off-campus (weeknights and Saturdays) and online.

Program highlights

  • Create a career in growing field of sports administration professionals
  • Begin taking sports-related classes right away
  • Gain hands-on learning experience through internships and networking opportunities with accomplished sports professionals, teams, and organizations
  • Enhance your experience with field trips to local sports-industry destinations
  • Improve critical thinking, communication, and leadership skills
  • Take classes on campus or online

Admissions requirements

Please submit an application to FDU Admissions for the BASA program via the Common Application. The FDU application is available here.

Standardized test scores are optional for students with a 3.3 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or higher, or 88 numerical average or higher except for applicants to nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, and education (QUEST program). If your GPA is below 3.3, standardized test scores are required. FDU accepts both the SAT and ACT.

High school transcripts, or equivalent, are required for admission and will be used to evaluate admission.

Program learning outcomes

BASA courses provide theoretical concepts directly related to practical applications. These courses have learning exercises as well as research requirements that generally are applied projects. As an applied program, students are required to demonstrate comprehension of the more abstract components of the course into a research project that can, in principle and reality, be utilized in the workplace

Communication – A BASA graduate will demonstrate the ability to prepare and deliver effective oral presentations and or write documents that present and evaluate information and opinion in a logical and analytical manner, incorporating research and documentation, and using style, grammar, mechanics, and format appropriate to an educated audience.

Information Literacy – A BASA graduate will demonstrate the ability to carry out thorough and effective information search strategies using traditional print, digital, and internet sources, evaluate information accessed, and use this information along with existing knowledge to create something new.

Critical Thinking – A BASA graduate will demonstrate competency in critical thinking that encompasses dimensions of informal logic and ethical analysis.

Quantitative Literacy – A BASA graduate will demonstrate the ability to analyze and interpret quantitative information.

Degree requirements

The BASA program of study for students varies depending on their campus location, transfer credits, and other factors. Prior to registering for classes, students must consult with their assigned academic advisor to establish their unique program of study.

Courses have been developed based on need and demand of the students. All courses are 3-credit courses.

General Education Requirements (53 Credits)

University Core (8 Credits)

  • UNIV 1001 Transitioning to University Life* (1)
  • UNIV 1002 PREPARING for Professional Life* (1)
  • UNIV 2001 Cross-cultural Perspectives (3)
  • UNIV 2002 Global Issues (3)

*UNIV 1001 and UNIV 1002 can be waived for transfer students. Please ask academic advisor.

College Writing (6 credits)

  • ENWR 1001
  • ENWR 1002

Oral/Professional Communications (3 credits)

  • Any 2000 level or above in COMM

Ethical Analysis (3 credits)

  • SPAD 2014 or from any discipline that is substantially concerned with ethical theories and questions such as a course in philosophy, religion, or a course with “ethics” in its title.

Quantitative Analysis (6 Credits)

  • MATH 1101 or MATH 1131 (3) 
  • MIS 1135 or MIS 1045 (3)

Scientific Analysis (6 credits)

  • PHYS 1126 (with PHYS 1026) and BIOL 1105 or BIOL 1180, or approval by academic advisor.

Social & Behavioral Science (6 Credits)

  • Six credits from any combination of courses in the social sciences (anthropology, economics, criminology, geography, political science, sociology) or behavioral sciences (psychology or communication studies) or approval of academic advisor. Courses may be in the same discipline; at least three credits must be at the 2000 level or above.

Humanities (6 Credits)

  • Six credits in any combination of courses in history, literature, language, philosophy, art history, film (not filmmaking) or approval by academic advisor. Courses may be in the same discipline; at least three credits must be at the 2000 level or above.

Arts and Culture (6 Credits)

  • SPAD 2025, ART 1177, ART 1103, or approval by academic advisor.

Modern Language (3 Credits)

[Student who place out of intermediate level are exempt from the language requirement. Those who have a qualifying score in AP (4 or 5), NYU, or CLEP tests may transfer those credits.]

  • 3 credits in a language other than English at the 1002, i.e., intermediate level.   

Required Sports Administration Courses (16 Credits)

  • SPAD 2004 Introduction to Sports Administration (3)
  • SPAD 2018 Internship (3)
  • SPAD 3010 Job Strategies (1)
  • SPAD 4000 International Sports Administration (3)
  • ECON 2001 Microeconomics (3)
  • ECON 2101 Macroeconomics (3) 

Sports Administration Electives from Section B (18 credits)

  • SPAD 2010 Legal Aspects of Sports Administration
  • SPAD 2014 Ethical Issues in Sports
  • SPAD 2015 Team Development
  • SPAD 2019 Sports Marketing, Public Relations
  • SPAD 2020 Fund Raising in Sports
  • SPAD 2022 Facility Management
  • SPAD 2025 Global Perspectives in Sports
  • SPAD 3000 Fiscal Concepts in Sports
  • SPAD 3003 Sports and Society
  • SPAD 4001 Sports Internship II
  • SPAD 3030 Human Resource Administration in Sports
  • SPAD 3024 Special Topics  

Sports Administration Electives from Section C (18 Credits)

  • SPAD 2012 Nutrition and Wellness
  • SPAD 2013 Exercise Physiology
  • SPAD 2016 Stress Management
  • SPAD 2017 Safety, First Aid, and Prevention of Injuries
  • SPAD 2021 Strength and Conditioning
  • SPAD 3001 Theory, Philosophy, and Principles of Coaching
  • SPAD 3002 Human Kinesiology
  • SPAD 3004 Youth Program Administration
  • SPAD 3005 Management in Athletic Training, Athletics, and Health
  • SPAD Special Topics Course
  • ACCT 2021 Accounting I
  • ACCT 2022 Accounting II
  • COMM course 2000 or above
  • LAW 2276  Business and the Law
  • SPCH 1155 Fundamentals of Speech

Courses Approved by Academic Advisor – allowed up to 18 credits

Free Electives (15 Credits)

Study Abroad at Wroxton

We have a study abroad class built into our curriculum. Any of our students (MSA, BA/MSA, or BA) can take the course.

SPAD 4000 International Sports Administration (3-credits)
MSA 6630 Global Sports (3-credits)

8 Perfect Days in England. Learn about sports based cultures and history! Explore sports business opportunities! Some of the sites we visit include, but not limited to:

  • Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum 7 Tour
  • Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium
  • Villa Park – home of the Aston Villa Football Club
  • The World Rugby Museum
  • Silverstone Motor Racing Circuit
  • River and Rowing Museum

Career options

The BASA degree combines allows students to combine their love for sports with their interest in business management. With a degree in sports administration from FDU, professional opportunities may include leadership and management roles with intramural and community athletic programs, university or college sports programs, and amateur and professional athletic leagues. Being exposed to case studies, discussions and research from BASA classes, students are well-equipped to undertake planning, coordinating, marketing, and budgeting tasks in fields related to sports and recreation.

Careers Choices: Director of Promotions, Sport Agency Representative, General Manager, Sport Analyst, Sport Business Entrepreneur, Athletic Director, Marketing Manager, Fitness club manager, Sports equipment salesperson, Facilities coordinator, Team owner, Sports agency representative, Recreation center manager, Golf course manager, Park superintendent, Tournament director, Compliance officer, General manager, Associate director of marketing, Assistant director of facilities, Director of youth sports, Media relations director, Advertising sales representative, Guest service manager, Ticket manager, Special event promotions manager, Tournament planner, Sports information director, Customer relations director, Sports Networker

Potential Employment Setting: Professional and Minor Leagues, College Athletic Departments, Amateur, Intramural, Club Sport, and Recreation Programs, Private Section Marketing Firms

Internship Sites: Our students have interned at many prestigious sports organizations, including, but not limited to: Madison Square Garden, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Brooklyn Nets, New York Jets, New York Giants, New Jersey Devils, New York Red Bulls, Philadelphia union, and more.

Internship and Job Opportunities:

All BASA students should follow the steps listed below in order to see the latest job opportunities and internships available in the Sports Administration field.

  1. Login to WebCampus
  2. Click on FDU Community tab on the top
  3. Inside My Organization box click “Bachelor_of_Sports_Administration”
  4. Under Discussion Board is a list of current internship posts and job opportunities
Effective July 1, this program will be under the auspices of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management.
Contact Information
Dr. Robyn Lubisco, Program Director at Florham Campus
973-443-8971 (Florham Campus) 201-692-7180 (Metro Campus)
Contact Information
Dr. J.C. Kim, Program Director at Metropolitan Campus

Course Descriptions