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University of Massachusetts Amherst tops SportBusiness Postgraduate Course Rankings 2019

The University of Massachusetts Amherst’s MBA/MS in Sport Management has been named the best postgraduate sport administration course in the world for 2019 by SportBusiness Professional.

The school, which finished second in the previous two editions of the rankings, moved up to first after improving in nearly every criteria on its 2018 performance. It had a particularly strong showing for diversity – with a third of its students coming from a minority ethnic background and close to a third from overseas – while it also received top marks on the course leader measure, demonstrating the high esteem in which the course is held by other educators across the sector.

“Obviously it’s a tremendous honour and source of pride for our programme to earn the number one ranking,” said Steve McKelvey, graduate programme director at the Mark H McCormack Department of Sport Management. “It’s not only a recognition of outstanding job done by our world-class faculty, but it’s also a testament to the exceptional support of our alumni who, in serving as Graduate Student Mentors, guest speakers and conduits to jobs and internships, help provide a unique and positive experience that’s now been validated by SportBusiness’ survey of our grad students.”

Ohio University falls to second place for only the second time in the eight-year history of the rankings, having placed top in every other year. Its performance once again in 2019 is a testament to the consistency and strength of its Master of Sport Administration course, the world’s oldest postgraduate sports administration degree.

A strong showing from the Fifa Master at the International Centre for Sport Studies (CIES) saw it move back on to the podium, coming third globally and retaining its number one position in Europe.

Ohio University’s Professional Master of Sport Administration degree was also named the best online course. 

The rankings are based on surveys completed by alumni who completed the courses in 2016, to allow enough time for them to have fully entered the workforce and reflect on the effects of their degrees. Course leaders from across the world also complete a separate survey, giving an insight into how courses are viewed by experts in the sector.

The top three schools in each category of the rankings follows. Tomorrow we will publish the full report, including the top 40 sports courses worldwide, alongside the top 15 in North America and Europe and breakdowns of the data from the surveys.

The report will be published in issue 253 of SportBusiness Review, available in July, and as a standalone supplement to delegates of the NASSM 2019 Conference, which runs from May 29 to June 1 in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Top three: Overall

  1. University of Massachusetts Amherst Mark H. McCormack, Dept of Sport Management – MBA-MS in SportManagement, MS in Sport Management
  2. Ohio University – Master of Sports Administration
  3. The International Centre for Sport Studies (CIES) – The Fifa Master

Top three: North America

  1. University of Massachusetts Amherst Mark H. McCormack, Dept of Sport Management – MBA-MS in SportManagement, MS in Sport Management
  2. Ohio University – Master of Sports Administration
  3. University of South Florida – MBA-MS in Sport & Entertainment Management

Top three: Europe

  1. The International Centre for Sport Studies (CIES) – The Fifa Master
  2. Russian International Olympic University – Master of Sport Administration
  3. University of Parma – University of Republic of San Marino – International Master in Strategic Management of Sports Organisations, Events and Facilities

Top three: Average salary

  1. Ohio University
  2. George Washington University
  3. The International Centre for Sport Studies (CIES)

Top three: Most useful/frequently used in current role

  1. University of Massachusetts Amherst
  2. San Diego State University
  3. Ohio University

Top three: Graduates’ Choice

  1. Ohio University
  2. University of Massachusetts Amherst
  3. University of Parma – University of Republic of San Marino

Top three: Most valuable in furthering career

  1. University of Massachusetts Amherst
  2. Ohio University
  3. University of Parma – University of Republic of San Marino

Top three: Peer review

  1. University of Massachusetts Amherst, Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management
  2. Ohio University
  3. The International Centre for Sport Studies (CIES)