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Ohio once again tops SportBusiness International’s postgraduate course rankings

Ohio University’s Master of Sports Administration has secured top position in the 2017 SportBusiness International Postgraduate Sports Course Rankings.

It is the third year in a row, and the fifth time in six years, that the programme has topped the list. Ohio’s alumni were highly successful in securing full-time employment in the sports industry after completing their course, and expressed strong satisfaction with the quality of teaching, leading to high scores for the Masters in the two most important metrics.

Ohio also scored highly in the course leaders’ choice ranking, but was pipped to top spot in that list by the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In response to feedback from course leaders, this year the peer review score counted towards each university’s overall rankings score for the first time.

The rankings, now in their sixth year, attract entries from postgraduate sports management courses around the world. Only 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, are considered. Alumni of the courses are surveyed on topics including whether they secured employment within the sports industry after completing the course, and their views on the quality of teaching.

Commenting on Ohio’s success, Norm O'Reilly, Chair of the Department of Sports Administration at the university, said: “As Ohio University enters into its second 50 years of sport management education, with an ever-increasing number of quality academic programs around the globe, it is a true honour for us to continue to be recognised as one of the best graduate programs anywhere, in fact at the very top!

“SportBusiness International’s rankings continue to set benchmarks for our field and, as our field’s oldest programme, these rankings push us to stay ahead, to develop our offerings, to improve our faculty and to be innovative. We know we can’t be #1 every year and forever but we are inspired by the rankings in our planning and actions every year.

“Five times as the #1 ranked programme in the world for our graduate programme here at Ohio. This is very special for all of us, particularly our alumni and our current students. If we were a professional sport club, we’d be talking dynasty!”

The top European course in 2017 is the International Centre for Sport Studies’ Fifa Master programme, regaining the title it last won in 2015 and has now won five of the last six years. New entry the Russian International Olympic University is the second-placed European course and the University of Parma – University of Republic of San Marino – International Master in Strategic Management of Sports Organisations, Events and Facilities is third.

Top three postgraduate sports business courses

  • Ohio University – Master of Sports Administration
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management – MBA/MS Sport Management
  • George Washington University – MBA in Sport Management

Top three North American courses

Ohio University – Master of Sports Administration
University of Massachusetts Amherst, Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management – MBA/MS Sport Management
George Washington University – MBA in Sport Management

Top three European courses

  • The International Centre for Sport Studies (CIES) – FIFA Master

  • Russian International Olympic University – Master of Sport Administration
  • University of Parma – University of Republic of San Marino – International Master in Strategic Management of Sports Organisations, Events and Facilities

Top three courses as chosen by course leaders

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management – MBA/MS Sport Management
  • Ohio University – Master of Sports Administration
  • Deakin University – Master of Business (Sport Management)

Top three courses as chosen by graduates

  • Ohio University – Master of Sports Administration
  • George Washington University – MBA in Sport Management
  • University of Parma – University of Republic of San Marino – International Master in Strategic Management of Sports Organisations, Events and Facilities

Additional notes

The full rankings, with scoring for the top 40 universities, the top 15 American courses, the top 15 European courses, the top 10 ‘graduates’ choice’ courses and the top 10 ‘course leaders’ choice’ courses, will be published in a special supplement in the July edition of SportBusiness International magazine, available from June 30, 2017.
Patrick Odling, one of the SportBusiness International postgraduate course rankings team, is attending the NASSM conference in Denver, Colorado this week (May 30 – June 3). His contact details are below should you wish to meet him.

Contact details

For further details on the rankings, including information on how enter them, contact:

Kevin McCullagh
Head of Content, SportBusiness Group
kevin@sportbusiness.com
+44 207 954 3509

OR

Patrick Odling
Account Manager, SportBusiness Group
+44 20 7265 4103
patrick.odling@sportbusiness.com

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