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Master of Arts in Sports Administration & Leadership

Mission Statement:

The program of study for the M.A. in Sports Administration and Leadership will prepare individuals for leadership roles in a variety of sport-related professions. The combination of didactic instruction and practical experiences encourages integration and synthesis of course work into real-life applications. The integrative studies core reflects Augustana’s commitment to the liberal arts as a foundation for ethical leadership and decision-making in any profession, while the elective studies component of the program allows each individual to customize his/her program of study with course work related to personal goals and interests.

Learning Outcomes:

The goals for the program function as the learning outcomes that will be validated through the synthesis portfolio. Candidates seeking their M.A. in Sports Administration and Leadership must:

  • demonstrate ability to apply theory(ies) of sports administration and leadership in practical experiences
  • exhibit in-depth knowledge of current issues in sports administration
  • understand and apply ethical/legal standards for professionals in sports administration
  • demonstrate advanced skills in oral communication
  • demonstrate advanced skills in written communication
  • demonstrate advanced skills in critical thinking
  • demonstrate advanced skills in research

A graduate paper and oral defense serve as the culminating projects for this degree. The graduate paper is a work of serious, creative scholarship and/or research which demonstrates graduate-level writing ability along with careful research. The oral defense is an opportunity for the candidate to defend the graduate paper and to validate the learning that has occurred as a result of graduate study.

Program Information