CIES and Ohio star in 2014 Rankings shortlists

Date: 
28 April 2014

Ohio University and CIES (International Centre for Sports Studies) are going head-to-head in all three major categories in SportBusiness International’s 2014 Postgraduate Sports Course Rankings.

The two courses (Ohio’s Master of Sports Administration and CIES’ FIFA Master) have been named in the final five for the Overall Winner award, which determines the best postgraduate sports management course based on factors such as graduate employability, strength of alumni, quality of teaching and international appeal. They are joined by University of Massachusetts Amherst’s (MS in Sport Management), Deakin University (Master of Business in Sport Management) and – making its debut – University of Central Florida (DeVos Sport Business Programme).

As well as being in the running for the main award, Ohio and CIES also made the final cut for the Professors’ Choice award – voted by course leaders for the programme with the best reputation, and Graduates’ Choice award – voted for by former students through a satisfaction survey based around extra-curricular support, job help, quality of teaching and access to the alumni. The full shortlists are below and the winners will be announced at the WISE (Work In Sports Exhibition) in Lausanne on May 7.

Ohio and CIES’ respective courses have dominated the Rankings since their inception in 2012, with the former winning the overall award in both the 2012 and 2013 Rankings, and the latter twice-winner of the best European course category.
Last week we announced 25 courses had made the cut for the overall winner award, and the final rankings will be published in the June edition of SportBusiness International.

Overall Winner final shortlist (in alphabetical order)

  • Central Florida University, DeVos Sport Business Management programme
  • CIES (International Centre for Sport Studies), FIFA Master
  • Deakin University, Master of Business (Sport Management)
  • Ohio University, Master of Sports Administration
  • UMass, Mark McCormack Sport Management department, MBA in Sport Management

Professors’ Choice final shortlist (in alphabetical order)

  • CIES (International Centre for Sport Studies), FIFA Master
  • Deakin University, Master of Business (Sport Management)
  • Ohio University, Master of Sports Administration
  • Oregon University, MBA Sports Business
  • UMass, Mark McCormack Sport Management department, MBA in Sport Management

Graduates’ Choice final shortlist (in alphabetical order)

  • Brussels University, Master in Sport Management
  • Central Florida University, DeVos Sport Business Management programme
  • CIES (International Centre for Sport Studies), FIFA Master
  • Ohio University, Master of Sports Administration
  • Oregon University, MBA Sports Business

Editor’s note

SportBusiness International’s Postgraduate Sports Course Rankings are the internationally-recognised rankings of the world’s top sports management courses and were launched in 2012. As a sign of the rankings rapid growth, the world’s best postgraduate sports course will be announced at the inaugural WISE (Work In Sports Exhibition) in Lausanne, Switzerland, next month (May 7-8), with the full rankings published in the June edition of SportBusiness International magazine.

Hosted by WISE ambassador and former Olympic hurdler Colin Jackson, the winning courses in the categories of Best Student Satisfaction, Professors’ Choice and Best Postgraduate Sports Course will be revealed at an awards ceremony in the Beaulieu Lausanne exhibition and congress complex on May 7.

More than 500 sports courses and management alumni submitted data for this year’s Rankings, which is a record and almost quadruples the response from our launch edition in 2012. Now entering its third edition, the Rankings have been dominated by Ohio University's MSA in Sports Administration to date, with the programme winning both the 2012 and 2013 best course accolades, topping the tables in categories such as graduate employability and course satisfaction. It only considers postgraduate level courses that are 100 per cent related to the business and administration of sport, and have been running for at least three consecutive years.

Contact SportBusiness International deputy editor Owen Evans for more information at [email protected]