Postgraduate Rankings 2020

Welcome to the 2020 SportBusiness Postgraduate Rankings.

#1 - Ohio

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

#2 - University of Massachussets

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

#3 - CIES

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

Alumni profiles

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.

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

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.


Research in Focus

As part of this year’s Postgraduate Rankings, SportBusiness is highlighting some of the most important and impactful research to have been produced and published by the institutions we survey.

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.


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.

As the ties between universities and sports organisations grow closer and educational institutes continue to look for new ways to strengthen their connections to industry, SportBusiness takes a look at…

While the Covid-19 pandemic has inevitably touched almost every aspect of modern life, the two sectors with which this publication is concerned were arguably among the hardest hit

This year, the Sport Integrity Global Alliance launched the SIGA University Network (SUN), an initiative that connects over 20 educational institutes from 14 different countries worldwide to help to build…