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.

Note: Students must take Global Perspective in Sports (SPAD 2025) before taking International Sports Administration (SPAD 4000). Students will be given the chance to study abroad every two years (SPAD 4000).

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

Florham Campus curriculum

Credit Distribution

  • 6 credits in Writing Workshop
  • 3 credits in Mathematics
  • 4 credits in Language.
  • 6 credits in Social Behavioural Science.
  • 3 credits in Communication Skills.
  • 4 credits in Laboratory Science
  • 13 credits for Free Electives
  • 31 credits in SPAD Core Requirements
  • 36 credits for Major Courses
  • 12 credits in 4 required University Core Courses

Required Courses

Written 6 credits
ENGW 1001 College Writing Workshop
ENGW 1002 Research Writing Workshop

 

Mathematics 3 credits
Math 1126 Contemporary Mathmematics
  or
Math 1128 Mathematical Methods

 

Language 4 credits
Beginner Language
Practicum

 

Social Behavioral Science 6 credits
SOCI 1201 Introduction to Sociology
PSYC 1201 General Psychology

 

Communication Skills 3 credits
Any course 2000 or above

 

Laboratory Science 4 credits
BIOL 1070 Ecosystem and Environmental Science with lab

 

University Requirements 14 credits
UNIV 1001 Transitioning to University Life
UNIV 1002 Preparing for Professional Life
UNIV 2001 Cross-Cultural Perspective
UNIV 2002 Global Issues
INTER 1009 Perspective on the Individual
INTER 2013 The American Experience

 

Free Electives 13 credits
From section c or any course within the university

 

SPAD Core 31 credits
SPAD 2004 Introduction to Sports Administration
SPAD 2025 Global Perspectives in Sports
SPAD 3010 Job Search Strategies
SPAD 2018 Sports Internship I
SPAD 4000 International Sports Administration
BUSI 3620 Human Resource Systems
SPAD 2022 Facilities Management
SUST 1000 Introduction to Sustainability
ECON 2001 Microeconomics
ECON 2102 Macroeconomics
MIS 1045 Information Technology for Business

 

Major Courses 36 credits
21 credits must be completed from section b
15 credits must be completed from section c

 

Students will be required to complete the following:

Section B. 21 credits must be completed
SPAD 2010 Legal Aspects of Sports Administration
SPAD 2014 Ethical Issues in Sports
SPAD 2015 Team Development
SPAD 2017 Safety, First Aid, and Prevention of Injuries
SPAD 2019 Sports Marketing, Public Relations
SPAD 2020 Fund Raising in Sports
SPAD 3000 Fiscal Concepts in Sports
SPAD 4001 Sports Internship II
SPAD 4500 Coaching Certification

 

Section C. 15 credits must be completed
SPAD 2012 Nutrition and Wellness
SPAD 2013 Exercise Physiology
SPAD 2016 Stress Management
SPAD 2021 Strength and Conditioning
SPAD 2030 Ultimate Sports Marketing
SPAD 3001 Theory, Philosophy, and Principles of Coaching
SPAD 3002 Human Kinesiology
SPAD 3003 Sports and Society
SPAD 3004 Youth Program Administration
SPAD 3005 Management in Athletic Training, Athletics, and Health
ACCT 1131 Accounting I
ACCT 1132 Accounting II
LAW 2276 Business and the Law

* Florham students must complete a foreign language requirement, e.g., Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, etc.

Metropolitan Campus curriculum

Credit Distribution

  • 6 credits in Writing Workshop
  • 3 credits in Mathematics
  • 6 credits in Social Behavioral Science
  • 3 credits in Communication Skills
  • 4 credits in Laboratory Science
  • 14 credits in University Requirements
  • 14 credits for Free Electives
  • 31 credits in SPAD Core Requirements
  • 39 credits for Major Courses

Required Courses

Written 6 credits
ENGW 1101 College Writing Workshop
ENGW 1102 Research Writing Workshop

 

Mathematics 3 credits
Math 1141 Introduction to Math Methods
  or
Math 1131 College Mathematics
  or
Math 1101 Comprehensive Mathematics

 

Social Behavioral Science 6 credits
SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology
PSYC 1101 General Psychology

 

Communication Skills 3 credits
Any course 2000 or above

 

Laboratory Science 4 credits
PHYS 1126 Earth Physics with lab

 

University Requirements 14 credits
UNIV 1001 Transitioning to University Life
UNIV 1002 Preparing for Professional Life
UNIV 2001 Cross-Cultural Perspective
UNIV 2002 Global Issues
INTER 1009 Perspective on the Individual
INTER 2013 The American Experience

 

Free Electives 14 credits
From section c or any course within the university

 

SPAD Core 31 credits
SPAD 2004 Introduction to Sports Administration
SPAD 2025 Global Perspectives in Sports
SPAD 3010 Job Search Strategies
SPAD 2018 Sports Internship I
SPAD 4000 International Sports Administration
BUSI 3620 Human Resource Systems
SPAD 2022 Facilities Management
SUST 1000 Introduction to Sustainability
ECON 2001 Microeconomics
ECON 2102 Macroeconomics
MIS 1045 Information Technology for Business

 

Major Courses 39 credits
21 credits must be completed from section b
15 credits must be completed from section c
3 credits INTER 2008 Literature & Culture

 

Students will be required to complete the following:

Section B. 21 credits must be completed
SPAD 2010 Legal Aspects of Sports Administration
SPAD 2014 Ethical Issues in Sports
SPAD 2015 Team Development
SPAD 2017 Safety, First Aid, and Prevention of Injuries
SPAD 2019 Sports Marketing, Public Relations
SPAD 2020 Fundraising in Sports
SPAD 3000 Fiscal Concepts in Sports
SPAD 4001 Sports Internship II
SPAD 4500 Coaching Certification

 

Section C. 15 credits must be completed
SPAD 2012 Nutrition and Wellness
SPAD 2013 Exercise Physiology
SPAD 2016 Stress Management
SPAD 2021 Strength and Conditioning
SPAD 2030 Ultimate Sports Marketing
SPAD 3001 Theory, Philosophy, and Principles of Coaching
SPAD 3002 Human Kinesiology
SPAD 3003 Sports and Society
SPAD 3004 Youth Program Administration
SPAD 3005 Management in Athletic Training, Athletics, and Health
ACCT 1131 Accounting I
ACCT 1132 Accounting II
LAW 2276 Business and the Law

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.

Possible careers with the BASA degree include:

  • 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

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
Contact Information
Dr. Robyn Lubisco, Program Director at Florham Campus
201-692-7180 (Metro Campus)
973-443-8971 (Florham Campus)
lubisco@fdu.edu
Contact Information
Dr. J.C. Kim, Program Director at Metropolitan Campus
201-692-6521
jckim1@fdu.edu