UWindsor Sport Management Program Receives High Global Ranking
High praise for a program at the University of Windsor.
SportBusiness ranked the Master of Human Kinetics program in Sport Management 21st in the world and 2nd in Canada.
Ohio University’s Master of Sports Administration was ranked number one.
The University of Ottawa’s Master of Human Kinetics in Sport Management finished 17th, just under two points ahead of Windsor in the rankings.
The rankings are based on two surveys, completed by course leaders and alumni three years before publication – meaning the 2021 edition is based on responses from the classes of 2018. Each course ultimately receives a score out of 100 based on weighting. average of the results of the surveys of graduates and course directors.
The global consulting and analytics firm’s report has ranked the top 40 sports business postgraduate courses in the world.
“This year we scored third best for teaching quality and fifth for best value for money. We scored well on extracurricular support and industry networking, among other things” said Jess Dixon, a professor in the Department of Kinesiology.
Graduates of the program go on to work in a variety of sports sectors, including with professional sports franchises and national/provincial/territorial sports governing bodies, sporting goods and apparel companies, municipal parks, leisure and culture, sports agencies and universities.
Dixon says the results really validate what they’re doing.
“Based on the results, the quality of teaching we were ranked third in the world and the amount of support they receive from our department in terms of job placement options, career support and advice were also among the best in the world,” he said. .
Dixon says the opportunities are endless because the skills students develop could lead them into professional sports or even a city parks and recreation department.
“Between those two extremes, you have people who work for national/provincial/territorial bodies governing the sport, in some cases international federations,” he says. “We’re talking about Hockey Canada and Ontario Soccer. Then, international organizations like FIFA or the International Olympic Committee.
Dixon says this ranking also helps with recruiting.
“It definitely helps our students when they’re looking for jobs, there’s a bit of brand recognition there now after 10 years of ranking in that group. It kind of validates a lot of the decisions that we make in this when it comes to school curricula and the kinds of things we do inside and outside the classroom,” he adds.
The University of Windsor also launched a new graduate program in sports management last year for high school graduates interested in pursuing careers in the sports industry.