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Ohio PMSAOverview


Since introducing a Master of Sports Administration degree in 1966, Ohio University has long been recognized as the birthplace of sports education. Today, the College of Business, through the Department of Sports Administration, offers coursework leading to the Professional Master of Sports Administration degree in a manageable online format designed to meet the needs of practicing sports professionals. This 21-month online program will require three residencies on Ohio University’s Athens campus. Click to view the program brochure for more details.



The Ohio Professional MSA program curriculum includes three components:

  • Sports Administration Core
  • Applied Projects
  • Current Issues

The Sports Administration Core allows students to apply business concepts, principles, and theories to examine issues that are commonly encountered by sport executives.

The following courses are included in the Sports Administration Core:

  • Leadership in Sports Administration
  • Sports Marketing
  • Sponsorship in Sports
  • Event and Facility Management
  • Sports Governance
  • Sports Law
  • Finance Administration of Sports
  • Human Resource Management in Sports


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Past and Present Professional MSA Students


If you are interested in who some of the past and current students of the Professional MSA program are please look below at some of the bios of the Class of 2013 and 2014.  These snapshots will give you a good indication of the types of professionals that we are interested in for future Professional MSA classes. For a link to the full Class of 2013 click here and for 2014 click here.




Corey Breton
Undergraduate Institution:  Western Michigan University (’03)
Postgraduate Education:  MSA, Ohio University (’14)
Current Job Title/Company:  Vice President of Sales and Service, Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx
Previous Experience:  Various Management positions, Atlanta Hawks & Philips Arena; Account Executive, Phoenix Suns

Jarrod Krisiloff
Undergraduate Institution: University of Southern Indiana (’05)
Postgraduate Education: MSA, Ohio University (’14)
Current Job Title/Company: Sr. Director of Marketing – Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Previous Experience: Director of New Media Platforms – IMS Productions, Director of New Media &Consumer Strategies – Indianapolis Motor Speedway/INDYCAR

diane sabau Diana Sabau
Undergraduate Institution: BA, St. Bonaventure University, ('91)
Postgraduate Institution: MSA, Ohio University, ('14)
Current Job Title/Company: Sr. Associate Athletics Director for External Relations at The Ohio State University
Previous Experience: Assistant Athletics Director, Director of Branding and Creative Services at The Ohio State University




dan butterly Daniel Butterly
Undergraduate Institution: Illinois State University
Postgraduate Education: MSA, Ohio University ('13)
Current Job Title/Company:Associate Commissioner - Marketing, Mountain West Conference
Previous Experience:Assistant Commissioner, Mountain West Conference; Tournament Manager, NCAA Men's Basketball Championships; Assistant Commissioner, Missouri Valley Conference

Christa Mann
Undergraduate Institution: Georgia State University ('08)
Postgraduate Education: MSA, Ohio University ('13)
Current Job Title/Company: Marketing Communications Coordinator, United States Olympic Committee
Previous Experience: Manager of Media Relations, Atlanta Beat; Womens Soccer Color Analyst, FOX Soccer Channel and Comcast Sportsnet; Womens Professional Soccer Correspondent, Soccerbyives.net and Goal.com

Mark Rossi
Undergraduate Institution: University of Rochester ('87), Nichols College
Postgraduate Education: MSA, Ohio University ('13)
Current Job Title/Company: Vice President - Sales and Marketing, Dover Motorsports Inc.
Previous Experience: Vice President of Business Development, Sara Lee Coffee and Tea; Category Sales Development, Nestle; Team Leader, Nestle USA