Ohio named best postgraduate sports course provider

Ohio University has been named the world’s best postgraduate sports course provider by SportBusiness International’s Postgraduate Sports Course Ranking 2012.

The SportBusiness International Postgraduate Sports Course Ranking 2012 is the first-ever authoritative assessment of teaching in the sector of postgraduate education catering for the business of sport. The Ranking assessed courses that were Master’s level and above, 100 per cent covering the business of sport, and have been running consecutively for more than three years.

Ohio was the sole course provider to get 100 per cent of its 2009 graduates full-time jobs within the sports industry just 12 weeks after graduating and its MBA and Master of Sports Administration also achieved the highest total satisfaction percentage from the student responses to the criteria of quality of teaching, provision of job support and provision of extra-curricular support.

“We believe we were the first place in the world to offer a course of this kind,” said Dr. Ming Li, chair of Ohio University’s Sports Administration department. “Our course receives a tremendous amount of recognition from the North American sports market. It’s probably the most famous sports management course in the States.

“Also, since 1966 we have produced a lot of alumni that have gone on to be very successful in the sports industry. The alumni are a major reason behind our success due to their unrelenting support and their loyalty to the course long after they have graduated. They provide job opportunities, internship opportunities, research projects and mentoring student opportunities.”

The International Centre for Sports Studies (CIES)'s FIFA Master placed 90 per cent of the students from its 2008/09 intake in permanent employment within three months of graduation while Windsor University's Master in Sports Management achieved an 85 per cent employment rate. The university whose graduates had the highest average salary three years after graduation was Deakin in Melbourne.

To see the full 14-page feature on the postgraduate sports course sector, including the Postgraduate Sports Course Ranking 2012, see the May issue of SportBusiness International magazine out today.


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