Gain the theoretical, administrative and managerial skills needed to excel in the sports industry by earning your Master of Sports Administration (MSA) at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Taught by faculty who share their insights and practical knowledge based on extensive professional experience in sports, the 36-credits program will enable you to effectively manage and lead a wide range of activities in sports including organizational leadership, marketing, operations, fundraising, financial administration, and event management.

Program highlights

  • Offered 100% online, as well as in-person evening classes on the Metropolitan and Florham campuses in New Jersey
  • Industry-focused concentrations in Coaching Theory Strategies and Sports Administration
  • Faculty with extensive sports industry experience
  • Week long experiential study opportunity in Britain
  • Internships at leading sports companies such as New York Mets, Yankees, NJ Devils and more
  • 50% tuition scholarship for all applicants

Admissions requirements

  • Completed online application. There is no fee to apply
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Official transcripts
  • Current professional resume
  • English proficiency test
  • GMAT and GRE scores are NOT required

Degree requirements

The 36-credit MSA degree program requires five (5) courses, which includes a three-credit (3) internship or individual job-related project, as well as seven (7) courses.

MSA 6701* Legal Issues in the Domestic and International Sports Industry
MSA 6702* Sports Administration Research and Policy Analysis
MSA 6703* Financial Administration in Sports
MSA 6704 Internship I or Individual Job Related Project
(This course meets the required course for each certificate in the program. It cannot be taken until students complete at least 9-credits, 3 courses in the program.)
MSA 6705* Strategic Planning, Implementation and Evaluation
(Capstone Course – after completion of at least 27 credits)
Elective Courses (Only two electives allowed)
MSA 6624 Organization and Administration of Sports
MSA 6625 Physiological Basis of Physical Fitness
MSA 6626* Nutrition for Sports and Fitness
MSA 6628* Valuing Diversity
MSA 6629* Motivation and Performance
MSA 6630 Global Sports
MSA 6634* Sports Security
MSA 6635* Events Planning and Administration
MSA 6636 Internship II


The MSA degree offers three areas of specializations, and students must complete five courses in an area of specialization and the required Internship (MSA 6704) to be awarded a specialization in that area. The areas of specialization are:

  • Sports Administration
  • Coaching Theories and Strategies
  • High School Athletic Director
Elective Courses by Concentration
Sports Administration concentration (Select Any Five Courses & MSA 6704 Internship)
MSA 6601* Organizational Leadership and Team Development
MSA 6602* Facility Development, Administration and Programming
MSA 6603* Sports Marketing and Promotions
MSA 6604* Sports in a Social Context
MSA 6605 Legal and Professional Ethics in Sports
MSA 6606* Group Dynamics
MSA 6607* Human Resource Administration in Sports Organizations
MSA 6608* Sports Risk Assessment
MSA 6609* Communications and Media Relations
MSA 6610* Strategies in Fund Raising and Development


Coaching Theory and Strategies concentration (Select Any Five Courses & MSA 6704 Internship)
MSA 6605 Legal and Professional Ethics in Sports
MSA 6608* Sports Risk Assessment
MSA 6611* Coaching Leadership
MSA 6612 Coaching Theory, Methods and Issues
MSA 6613* Coaching Psychology
MSA 6614* Assessing Human Performance
MSA 6615* Effective Team Administration
MSA 6633* Weight Training and Conditioning


High School Athletic Director concentration (Plus MSA 6704 Internship. Courses completed would fulfill the NJ Supervisor Standard certificate requirement.)
EDUC 6702* Curriculum and Instruction Theory and Practice

EDUC 6703*

Supervision of Instruction and Personnel Evaluation
EDUC 6704* Change: Curriculum Development and Program Improvement
EDUC 6718* Curriculum Program Evaluation and Student Assessment
MSA 6607** Human Resource Administration in Sports Organizations


* Available in an online modality

** MSA department requirement for minor or certificate.

♦ MSA 6704 – Mandatory for all specializations

Career options

  • Athletic Director
  • Brand Marketing Manager
  • Media Relations Director
  • Sport Event Manager
  • Tournament Director
"Fairleigh Dickinson's MSA program gave me an opportunity to pursue my passion. I am grateful that I received a great education and obtained key internships. "
— Bryan Wasyluk, Manager Arena Operations, Barclays Center
Contact Information
Robyn Lubisco, Ph.D, Associate Professor, Florham Campus
201-692-7180 (Metro Campus)
973-443-8971 (Florham Campus)
Contact Information
J.C. Kim, Associate Professor, Metropolitan Campus

Course Descriptions