Adam Nelson, Europe office

Welcome to the 2020 SportBusiness Postgraduate Rankings.

The Isenberg School of Management's flagship sports programme retains its high standards with a second-placed finish in 2020.

Though slow progress continues to be made, the sports industry remains an overwhelmingly male-dominated one. Adam Nelson talks to three academics from schools who are pushing to correct this on the importance of education to gender-parity in the sector.

Felicia Ganthier is director of operations at the WWE and a graduate of Columbia's MS Sports Management

Burke Magnus graduated from UMass’s MBA/MS in Sport Management in 1994 and joined ESPN in 2008, taking up his current role in 2015.

Emilio Collins graduated Ohio University with a Masters in Sports Administration in 1996, and this year was named as the recipient of the department’s Charles R. Higgins Distinguished Alumni Award for 2020.

The Master of Sports Administration degree at Ohio University tops our list for the seventh time in nine years.

The Fifa Master is Europe's best postgraduate sport management degree.

Pierre Ducrey was part of the third intake of students on the CIES Fifa Master, which he graduated with distinction in 2003. He was appointed as Olympic Games operations director in March 2020, having joined the International Olympic Committee as an intern shortly after finishing his Masters degree.

Thayssa Plum took the Master of Advanced Studies in Sports Administration and Technology at AISTS in 2011, and is now senior media relations manager at Fifa.

Magali Louis, head of research and eduction, and Claude Stricker, executive director, discuss how the postgraduate research projects at AISTS are developed and the real-world industry impact they have had.

Dr Razan Baker graduated from Brunel University London with a PhD in sports sciences in 2014 and was appointed director of international communication at the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee in 2020.