Ohio Crowned Best Postgraduate Sports Management Course in the World by SportBusiness

SportBusiness today launched the 10th edition of its postgraduate course rankings, naming Ohio University’s Master of Sports Administration as the best postgraduate sports management program in the world for 2021.

The Athens-based school has now claimed the top spot in eight of the 10 years the ranking has run, and has taken the crown in the past two years, with its long history and constant ability to modernize and stay ahead of the sports industry curve ensuring its position as the best sports management program in the world.

The full Postgraduate Rankings 2021 report is available now on our portal, where you will find the full table of the top 40, analysis and breakdown of all the data, interviews with the course leaders of the top three programs in the United States. United and Europe, and features examining hot thematic issues in sports business education.

You can also download a PDF of the report here.

Ohio defends its crown

Ohio became the first university in the world to offer a master’s degree in sports management when it launched the MBA/MSA course in 1966, and the depth of its alumni network, built over 55 years of history, is a big part of his continued success. In our surveys this year, its 2018 alumni offered overwhelmingly positive responses about their time studying in Athens and their job prospects afterwards.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst’s MBA/MS Sport Management finished in second place overall, also winning the prestigious Professors’ Choice award for the third year in a row, with other academics continuing to rank the business faculty athlete of the UMass as the strongest in the world.

In third place is the University of South Florida’s Vinik Sport & Entertainment Management Program, which continues its impressive rise in our rankings, having only launched in 2012. It becomes the first program founded after the first editions of the ranking to be on the podium.

The Fifa Masters, run by the International Center for Sports Studies, has once again been voted Europe’s top course, a position it has held nine out of 10 years.

It is one of only two Europe-based programs in the top ten, joined by the Master of Advanced Studies in Sport Administration and Technology from AISTS in Switzerland.

Our Graduates’ Choice award – given to the course with the best responses from its 2018 alumni – for 2021 goes to the Sport International Master in Strategic Management of Sports Organisations, Events and Facilities from the University of Parma and the University of Saint -Marin, which is also the third highest ranked program in Europe.

The SportBusiness Postgraduate Rankings are formed on the basis of two surveys – one completed by alumni of the courses who graduated three years ago, therefore the class of 2018 for this edition, and the other by the academic heads of the courses – and are the only such rankings in the world. exclusively on postgraduate training in sports management.

Top 3: Overall

  1. Ohio University – Masters in Sports Administration
  2. University of Massachusetts at Amherst – MBA/MS in sports management
  3. University of South Florida – Vinik Sports and Entertainment Management Program

Top 3: Europe

  1. The International Center for Sports Studies (CIES) – The FIFA Master
  2. Academy of Sports Science and Technology (AISTS) – Master of Advanced Studies
  3. University of Parma and University of San Marino – masterSport International Master in Strategic Management of Organizations, Events and Sports Facilities

The report

The full 68-page report is now available as a PDF download from here, and you can browse all the content on the web via the Postgraduate Rankings online portal here. It will also appear in the next quarterly issue of SportBusiness.

The rankings were founded in 2012 with the aim of providing prospective students with a reliable and statistically sound measure of the quality of postgraduate courses available to them, and we have doubled that goal in 2021, focusing on evidence of the unique work in progress. at each establishment.

Inside the report, you’ll find interviews with top academics from major universities, profiles of course alumni who went on to take on leadership roles for Fifa, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Concacaf, and feature-focused articles. on research discussing the latest work being done at these schools.

We also look at how two very different academic organizations – Loughborough University in the UK and the Josoor Institute in Qatar – are developing their sports management offerings, discuss the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the year 2020-21, and celebrate the 10th edition of the Postgraduate Rankings by chatting with the course leaders and directors who made their mark.

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