Master of Science (M.S.) in Sports Administration

Master of Science (M.S.) in Sports Administration

Propel your career in the field of sports administration by studying how organizational culture is built upon core values, creatively addressing the needs of stakeholders in an athletic organization, and developing your own leadership abilities. Industry professionals will prepare you to face the challenges of this field and experiential learning opportunities will provide valuable practical experience.

At a Glance

How many courses?


Ten courses for 30 credits.

Flexible Scheduling


Study full- or part-time. The program is tailored to the needs of professionals and individuals seeking to advance their careers.

How much does it cost?


The tuition rate for the 2021–2022 Academic Year is $1,248 per credit.

Curriculum

Requirements

  • Courses: 10
  • Credits: 30
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Spring 2021 Course Offerings

These listings are informational only. For a current listing of courses, including closed or canceled courses, please use the Course Information and Schedule system.

Lead With Integrity

Using Jesuit principles as the foundation for leadership and decision-making, you'll learn how to lead ethically, bring out the best in your team members, and overcome setbacks through collaboration.
Sports are about selflessness and being a team player, and those qualities pretty much define what the Jesuit values are all about. My ethics class has helped me build my own principles, which I’m going to use to help other people, and follow for the rest of my life. In my role as a coach, I’m working to develop my players physically, mentally, socially, and athletically. Hopefully, when they leave they are better people.
Julian Campenni, Defensive End Coach at Bowling Green State University

Financial Aid

We know that a BC education is a worthwhile but significant investment. We're committed to helping you affordably achieve your educational goals while treating each student and their family equitably. Financial aid and payment plans may be available for students taking a minimum of six credits across a semester.

Our Faculty

Learn from experienced professionals—practitioners who are actively in the field and translate their hands-on knowledge to the classroom.

Careers

Defensive End Coach, Bowling Green

Director of Women's Basketball Operations, Virginia Commonwealth University

Inside Sales Representative, Brooklyn Nets

Player Development, Dallas Mavericks

Director of Club and Intramural Sports, Marshall University

Strength and Conditioning Coach, Miami Dolphins

Internships

The final-semester internship course guarantees a placement with either Boston College Athletics or a local or professional sports organization. Past internship sites include:

Brooklyn Nets

Houston Texans

Los Angeles Rams

New York Mets

New England Revolution

Harvard Athletics

Babson Athletics

Worcester Railers Hockey

Advisory Board


Nick Bobrov
Director of European Scouting, New York Rangers

Matt Hasselbeck
Former NFL quarterback
ESPN Analyst

Jade Pricket
Senior Associate Director of Student, Athlete Development, Boston College

Dave Cataruzulo
Director of Alumni Affairs and Planned Giving, the Roxbury Latin School


 

Martin Jarmond
Athletic Director, University of California, Los Angeles

Doug Ramos
Team Physician, Creighton University
College World Series Physician
Chair, Big East Health & Safety Committee

Michael Serazio
Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Boston College

Alison Quandt Westgate
Associate Athletic Director for Academics & Student Services, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Sports in Boston

In a city known for relentless commitment to and support of professional and collegiate athletics, we believe offering an M.S. in Sports Administration at Boston College fills a gap in the region.
Patty Raube Keller, Program Director

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Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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Application & Deadlines

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university (minimum GPA 3.0)
    • Applicants with GPA lower than 3.0 will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
  • Personal statement
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Application fee of $60 (to be paid as part of the online application)

Start Your Application

If you are mailing hard copies of application materials, please send them to:

Boston College
Woods College of Advancing Studies Admissions Office
St. Mary's Hall South
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Entrance Term: Application Due Date: Decision Letter Sent By:
Fall Early Deadline: May 1 June 1
  Regular Deadline: June 15
(International Students applying for Fall must submit an application by June 15th.)
July 15
 

Rolling admissions: after June 15 

Applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis, pending availability.
Spring  Early Deadline: October 15
(International Students applying for the spring semester must submit an application by October 15th. Applications received after October 15th will be considered for the summer semester.)
November 15
  Preferred Deadline: November 15 December 15
  Rolling admissions: after November 15 Applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, pending availability.
Summer  Early Deadline: March 1 April 1
  Regular Deadline: April 1 
(International Students applying for summer 1 must submit an application by March 1st. Summer 2 applicants must submit an application by April 1st.)
May 1
  Rolling admissions: after April 1 Applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, pending availability.

Standardized Tests

The Woods College M.S. in Sports Administration does not require the GRE or GMAT for admission. If you believe your scores would enhance your application, please feel free to submit them. Our GRE reporting code is 7534 and our GMAT reporting code is 44X-HX-07.

For all non-native English speakers the TOEFL (reporting code 3276) or IELTS (if applicable) is required. Please view the international page for required test scores. If your undergraduate degree was conducted in English, you may be eligible for a TOEFL waiver. Please contact Woods College Admissions if you believe you qualify for a waiver.


International Applicant Info

Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to your online application form for purposes of application review. However, official transcripts must also be submitted upon acceptance/matriculation. Both undergraduate and graduate transcripts are required if applicable.

Please mail transcripts to:

Boston College
Woods College of Advancing Studies Admissions Office
St. Mary's Hall South
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

If your academic institution provides electronic transcripts please indicate wcasadm@bc.edu as the recipient.

Boston College Alumni and Current Students

Your BC transcript must be formally requested from the Office of Student Services and submitted to the Woods College. Woods cannot request or access transcripts independently. 

International Applicants

All students who have attended or are currently attending an institution outside of the United States must provide a detailed, course-by-course transcript evaluation indicating the conferral of an undergraduate degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.  

This evaluation is not just an English translation, but a document provided by an accredited evaluating agency that shows all grades, course titles, credit hours, United States degree equivalency, grade-point average (GPA), and date of degree conferral. 

This detailed, course-by-course transcript evaluation must be submitted to complete the application.

Please request a detailed, course-by-course transcript evaluation for all international institutions where a degree was conferred from one of the following agencies:

Educational Credential Evaluators
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470

www.ece.org

Center for Educational Documentation
P.O. Box 170116
Boston, MA 02117

www.cedevaluations.com

World Education Services Inc.
P.O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087

www.wes.org

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to demonstrate English language proficiency. For required scores, visit our International Student page.

International Student page

Personal Statement

Your personal statement is to be uploaded to your online application form.

In 500–750 words, describe your academic and professional goals; any experience relevant to this program; and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.

Résumé

Your résumé is to be uploaded to your online application form

In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include any licenses currently held, any social justice-related experience, any language skills other than English, and any research experience or publications.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required. If you have been out of school for less than 5 years, one of these letters must speak to your academic abilities and should come from a professor, academic advisor, or person who would be able to discuss your academic record. Please do not submit recommendations from friends or family.

Applicants who have graduated within the past three years, one recommendation letter must come from an academic recommendation/professor.

Letters of recommendation must be uploaded to the online application, emailed, or sent directly to Woods College by the recommender.  We will not accept letters that are not recieved directly from the recommender.

Please note: letters of recommendations should be provided by professional or academic recommenders.

Interview

For all international students and non-native English speakers, interviews are conducted as part of the application process. The purpose of the interview is for the admission committee to gain a better sense of an applicant and how the program fits his or her academic and vocational needs. Additionally, the interview provides the committee an opportunity to answer a student’s specific questions and to address the unique needs one may have in transitioning to Boston College. The interview will last no more than 15 minutes. Qualified applicants will receive information on how to schedule an interview once their application has been received and initially evaluated. 

Questions

If you have additional questions not listed here, please contact Program Director Patty Raube Keller.

How many courses are required for this program?

10 courses are required (30 credits total).

Do you accept international students?

Yes! International students are encouraged to apply early.

What if my GPA is not a 3.0? Am I still eligible to apply for the program?

Yes, you are welcome to apply. We will consider your application and weigh a variety of factors to determine whether we are able to offer you admission. For particular applicants, we may be able to grant admission into the program with particular conditions noted (for example, passing the first two courses with a B or better in each during the first semester).

Must both of my letters of recommendation be from an academic source?

No, we prefer that one letter of recommendation be from an academic source and the other from an employer or person in a supervisory capacity who can speak about your interests and experience.

Does this program require the GRE?

GRE and GMAT scores are optional. They can be submitted as a way of strengthening an application, but they are not required.

Is there an option to take courses as a nondegree student?

Yes, qualified, accepted, nondegree students may enroll in one of two courses as a nondegree student: Introduction to Sports Management or Sports Marketing and Communication. Please review the nondegree student process and course options.

How much does the program cost?

Tuition can be found on the tuition and aid webpage.

Do you offer financial aid?

All domestic students are eligible to apply for financial aid. The Woods College also has additional scholarships for students who qualify based upon both merit and need. You are welcome to inquire further with regard to your specific circumstances and needs.

Do you offer graduate course credit transfer?

Students can transfer in up to 6 credits (usually equivalent to 2 courses). Decisions on whether to accept transfer credits will depend upon an assessment of whether the courses to be transferred fit within the Masters of Science in Sports Administration curriculum.

Can you tell me about your faculty members?

All of our faculty members have advanced degrees in their specific fields of expertise and are accomplished practitioners in private industry.

What is the deadline for admission?

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with a November 15th deadline for spring enrollment and an August 1st deadline for fall enrollment. However, applications will still be considered after such deadlines, depending on available space. Also, in particular circumstances, applicants may be approved to take summer courses and should inquire with the program director for more information.

How long does it take to complete the degree?

This is variable and is largely based on how many courses a student takes at any given time. If you take 2 courses per semester, you can complete the degree in 18 months.

Can students work full-time and pursue this degree?

This is certainly a possibility and we have designed the program to be flexible to accommodate a variety of scheduling needs.

Do you offer graduate student housing?

No. Boston College does not currently offer housing for graduate students but our Office of Residential Life does have a staff member who can help you find off-campus housing.

Ask a Student

Interested in hearing more about the student experience? Schedule a time to meet with current MSSA student, Corina Bourantas.

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