Master of Arts in Athletic Leadership - Athletic Administration Track

Translate your athletic skills into organizational leadership success.

While a coach may lead a team to victory on the field, it’s the people in the front office who play an equally important role in setting a team up for success. Rider’s MA in Athletic Leadership with an Athletic Administration specialization can equip you with the tools to better understand how all the interlocking pieces of a sports organization fit together and how you can lead it to greater heights.

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Study 100% online

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Choose from 7 start dates

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Complete your degree in fewer than 2 years

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Specialize in 1 of 4 track options

Why Choose the Athletic Administration Track for Your Online MA in Athletic Leadership?

Selecting the right school for you is an important decision. You want to pick a program that will help increase your value in the sports world. When you choose Rider University, you gain the opportunity to learn from coaches, trainers and administrators who have achieved success in their areas of expertise and want to pass their knowledge onto you.

Pursuing your MA in Athletic Leadership with an Athletic Administration specialization can help you become a more effective leader and pave the way for career growth and new opportunities. Learn the industry-leading best practices and trends to help you elevate your success with our comprehensive graduate degree program.

What Does Our Athletic Administration Track Cover?

Learn the ins and outs of leading an athletic department or sports organization. Your Athletic Administration track is designed to cover a broad range of areas, from marketing and facilities management to best practices for decision-making and guidelines for staying in compliance with rules and regulations.

  • Learn to plan your vision and how to communicate your message to the media and the public with Athletic Communications  and Marketing
  • Gain a broader perspective on the bigger picture through courses including Concepts and Principles of Athletic Administration and Administrative Decision-Making
  • Examine the principles and techniques of planning and operating sports facilities, including communication, personnel management, management of physical resources and risk management, with Athletic Facilities Management

Admissions Requirements

Our online Master of Arts in Athletic Leadership is a great opportunity for those looking to enhance their career options. That’s why we do our best to make it as accessible as possible to anyone who has the desire to pursue it.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher in any discipline from an accredited college or university
  • A completed graduate application with a $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Two professional letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to the applicant’s career aspiration
  • No minimum GPA
  • A written personal statement of 500 words describing your experience as an athlete or administrator with your career aspirations stated
  • Official transcripts from the undergraduate degree-granting institution
  • Graduate test scores are not required

Why Earn Your Online MA in Athletic Leadership with an Athletic Administration Specialization?

The Athletic Administration track can help give you a competitive edge by teaching you the best practices for managing an athletic organization. Every course in the program was designed with a sports-centric focus, and classes are taught by sports professionals who are experts in their field.

By pursuing your MA in Athletic Leadership degree online, you can advance your knowledge and career potential around your busy schedule. Rider’s online degree platform can make your learning more flexible and accessible, helping you build the career you want.

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Gain access to dedicated faculty of sports professionals

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Enjoy the freedom of an online education

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Gain real-world experience through internships

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Earn your degree around your schedule

Pick a start time that works for you.

Your program has to fit around your life. So in addition to making our MA in Athletic Leadership degree 100% online, we also offer multiple start times throughout the year. Just choose the one that works best for you.

  • Spring A – February 1
  • Spring B – March 22
  • Summer A – May 18
  • Summer B – July 6
  • Fall A – September 8
  • Fall B – October 27

When you earn your MA in Athletic Leadership from Rider, you can expand your career opportunities and earning potential. Let us help you achieve your goals and position yourself for success.

How Many Credits Are Required for Your Online MA in Athletic Leadership with an Athletic Administration Specialization?

Your degree will consist of 12 courses and 36 credit hours, including an Internship of Coaching and/or an Internship of Administration. You can complete the entire curriculum in fewer than two years.

  • 15 credit hours in core courses
  • 12 credit hours in Athletic Administration track courses
  • 9 credit hours in elective courses

We want to help you be persistent in your pursuit. That’s why we offer 100% online coursework so you can prepare to advance your career around your busy schedule.

You’re ready to pursue your goals. We’re here to help you do it. At Rider, we’re committed to your growth, transformation and leadership.