Wilmington College partners with Ohio Dominican to offer the 4+1 Sports Management Program

WILMINGTON — The Dominican University of Ohio has partnered with Wilmington College to allow WC students pursuing a bachelor of science degree in sports management to earn a master’s degree in just one year of additional study through the program in line of Masters of Science in Sports Management from ODU.

Through this accelerated bachelor’s to master’s program, WC students will take graduate-level courses in their senior year that meet the requirements of the undergraduate elective and graduate programs. Students then spend their fifth year completing their master’s degree requirements.

The Ohio Dominican Sports Management Graduate Program is available 100% online, allowing students to complete their master’s degree regardless of location. Undergraduate students at ODU currently have the opportunity to participate in 4+1 programs through the university’s Sports Management, MBA, Health Administration, and English Masters programs.

“I am thrilled that Wilmington College sports management students have the opportunity to advance their education and enhance their academic credentials through ODU’s Master of Science in Sports Management program,” said Manuel Martinez, Ph.D., vice president of academic affairs at ODU.

“This partnership will provide students with the tools, knowledge and skills they need to take on leadership positions in the growing athletics industry, whether at the recreational, high school, college or professional level. I am grateful to the leadership of Wilmington College for their openness and eagerness to explore creative opportunities between our institutions that benefit our students.

Dr. Erika Goodwin, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty at Wilmington College, expressed her gratitude to ODU for the partnership that will greatly benefit students in the WC program who wish to pursue graduate studies.

“This is a great collaboration that offers our students free graduate courses, while they are still our undergraduates, with the possibility of earning a master’s degree from a regional university,” said she said, citing it as another “significant milestone” in a year in which WC also achieved national accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation in Sport Management (COSMA).

“I believe the Ohio Dominican has recognized the exceptional hands-on learning opportunities we provide our sports management students – experiences like working in the Super Bowl and NCAA DI football playoffs – as a benefit to students who may eventually enroll in their graduate program,” she said. .

“Also, being one of the few schools in Ohio to have achieved COSMA accreditation, it certainly reflects well on the high standards and rigor of our curriculum that would lend itself to student success at the graduate level. “

Goodwin praised Dr. Alan Ledford, WC’s Program Director for Sport Management, for his key role in the ODU partnership and COSMA certification. “He is always looking for opportunities for students in his program.”

About ODU

The Dominican University of Ohio is a private four-year liberal arts and full master’s institution, founded in 1911 in the Catholic and Dominican tradition by the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

The university has approximately 1,650 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 39 majors and nine graduate programs.

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