Postgraduate Rankings 2021

Welcome… to the 2021 SportBusiness Postgraduate Course Rankings.

#1 - Ohio University’s Master of Sports Administration

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

#2 - University of Massachusetts Amherst’s MBA/MS Sport Management

#3 - University of South Florida's Vinik Sport & Entertainment Management Program

One of the youngest courses on the list makes its first appearance on the podium.

Take a look inside the report


Loughborough University has entered the SportBusiness Postgraduate Course Rankings for the first time. Dr Peter Dickenson, part of the MSc Sport Management programme, explains why the university has made sport one of its ‘strategic pillars’, and how its Loughborough-based programme reaps the benefits of its campus environment, where sport is all around.

The Josoor Institute was established in 2013 as the educational arm of Qatar’s World Cup 2022 organising committee, with a goal of securing a long-term dividend from that event by significantly boosting the country’s capacity to host major events. SportBusiness spoke with major stakeholders to discuss how it is working to secure that legacy, and their ambitions for Josoor’s future.

#1 in Europe - The Fifa Master at CIES

The Fifa Master has been our top-ranked course in Europe for nine out of 10 years.

#2 in Europe - AISTS’s Master of Advanced Studies in Sport Administration and Technology

AISTS offers the second-highest ranked course in Europe for the second year in a row.

#3 in Europe | masterSport International Masters in Strategic Management

Italy's masterSport completes the European podium, as well as claiming the Graduates' Choice award.

#1 Online – Ohio University’s Professional Master of Sports Administration

As well as taking the top spot overall in our rankings with its campus-based Master of Sports Administration, Ohio University also offers the top-scoring distance-learning course in our survey, via its…


To mark the milestone of the 10th annual edition of the Postgraduate Rankings, SportBusiness casts an eye back over the evolution of the sports academic sector and speaks to programme directors of the three courses to have topped the list during that time

Last year, SportBusiness spoke with Columbia University’s Scott Rosner and Brunel University London’s Vassil Girginov about how the first few months of the Covid-19 outbreak had affected campus life. This year, we checked in with them again to find out about the effects of an entire year under the pandemic, and how they assess its likely long-term impact.