Jan 17, 2021  
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2009-2011 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2009-2011 [Archived Catalog]

Athletic Administration

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The Master of Science in Recreation and Sport Sciences with a concentration in athletic administration is an online program that combines the personal touch of high-intensity residential experiences with the “anytime, anyplace” convenience and ease of access of online education enabled by the latest in information technology.

The program is a lock-step program lasting 27 months. All participants start together and work together as a learning community throughout the program. Likewise, there is a faculty team that works with participants throughout the program. You’ll form a network that will support you in your learning efforts, advise you on work issues, and continue even after you receive your degree.

The program requires three on-campus residencies through the two years of the program. The first is a one-week orientation residency, occurring typically in either the 1st or 2nd week of July. It kicks off the program. The second residency takes place in either the 3rd or 4th week of June in the following year. The last residency is usually in the 1st week of June after students have completed almost 24 months of study in the program. Students will have the opportunity to participate in the graduation commencement immediately following this residency.

Residencies are intense face-to-face learning experiences with your fellow participants and faculty. Be prepared: we’ll work long hours to maximize the benefits of our time together. During the residencies, we focus on start-up of courses, do learning assessments, and work on some skill areas that are best learned in a face-to-face environment. Residencies also give us an opportunity to “get to know each other” in a way that is not as possible in a purely online learning format.

Between residencies, you will collaborate with your fellow participants and with the faculty on the Ohio University Without Boundaries (OUWB) intranet. You will also participate in interactive, multimedia learning modules that will help you develop a deep understanding of the content and help you apply that content in the work setting.

Most learning modules will use a unique, challenge-based format that engages you with an applied situation before you even start learning the content. You will re-address the challenge at the end of the module to ensure that you have mastered the content and can apply it in the workplace. We have found that the challenge-based learning format gets you more engaged with your learning more rapidly. Further, since you learn the required content in the context of its use, you develop an active using knowledge that can more readily be recalled and used in the workplace. Besides, it is simply more fun to learn by being challenged than it is to try to memorize a dry set of facts

Eligibility to Apply

You must meet the following requirements to be considered for unconditional admission to the School of Recreation and Sport Sciences graduate program in athletic administration (online):

  1. Earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university.
  2. Minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 2.70 on a 4.0 scale on last 90 quarter hours or last 60 semester hours.
  3. Two to four years of experience in interscholastic athletic administration, coaching or related experience.


The following materials must be received before your application can be considered for admission:

  1. Completed application questionnaire (the questionnaire can be obtained from the Web site, www.ouwb.ohiou.edu/maa/
  2. Official transcripts from each postsecondary institution attended.
  3. Three letters of recommendation, one of which must come from your immediate supervisor.
  4. A two to four page essay discussing your career goals, noting how the master’s degree will help you achieve your career goals, and noting areas or competencies that you expect the program will help you strengthen or develop.
  5. GRE and GMAT scores are not required but will be considered if they are submitted.
  6. Career essay.

Applications for admission are accepted for summer only. Application materials may be submitted by e-mail or by hard copy.
E-mails should be directed to: ouwb@ohio.edu.

Hard copy should be sent to:
Ohio University Without Boundaries
42 West Union Street
Athens, OH 45701

All application information must be received by March 30.

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