Master’s degree programs in athletic administration build upon the foundation courses students took as part of their bachelor’s degree program. These programs are business-oriented and designed for students who wish to work in the business side of sports.
Classes are specifically tailored toward a career in athletics administration. Students can expect to take advance courses in fields like communication, financial planning, marketing, ethics, and even law, all pertaining to the field of athletics. Some programs prepare students for the NIAAA Certified Athletic Administrator certification exam.
Earning an advanced degree in athletic administration is one of the best ways to qualify for high-level positions within a sports organization. A master’s degree in this field allows students to work with governing sports associations, as a manager or director with a college or team, and more. Specific daily tasks and the salary students can expect to receive while working in athletic administration depends on their specific job title after graduation.
Students can also work in college sports fundraising, as a member of a booster club, or as an equipment or facilities manager. Moving outside of working with a sports team or school, students can also work with a governing association, like the NFL or MLB, allowing them to work with the rules and regulations, financial planning, athletic eligibility, ticketing, and more involved with their sport of choice.
With an M.E.d in athletic administration, students qualify for the following career opportunities:
As an athletic director, students can expect to make $45,000 to $75,000 to start, and more if they work with a top program or have experience. These jobs are extremely exclusive, so working in a lower-level position first is a great way to work up to this position someday.
According to recent reports on Payscale.com, graduates in this field can expect to earn the following salaries, depending on experience level and qualifications:
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