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Ashland University’s Sport Management MBA is ranked #2 in Ohio and #19 in the nation. This unique MBA program will provide you with not only the critical skills necessary to succeed in the sports industry, but also numerous field experiences to apply those skills in real-world sport settings.

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A Verizon MiFi Hotspot for Mobile Learning is Included in Tuition This battery-powered wireless network allows you to securely connect to the internet anywhere in the USA that has Verizon cellular network coverage. Your Verizon MiFi can be used for anything, and we expect the always-available internet connection to be useful for your current professional career, as well.

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Top National Ranking

AU’s Sport Management MBA was ranked #19 in the country.

*Source: Top Management Degrees

Top 2 in Ohio

AU’s Sport Management MBA was ranked #2 in Ohio.

*Source: Top Management Degrees

ACBSP Accredited

The Ashland University MBA program has been fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) for more than 20 years.

AACSB Member

Ashland University’s Dauch College of Business & Economics is a Member of AACSB International. As a Member, our MBA Program is designed to adhere to all Membership and Accreditation requirements.


AU’s Sport Management MBA meets the accreditation guidelines established by the Committee on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA).

* Fall 2016 Survey of Ashland University MBA Alumni

Ashland University’s Sport Management MBA Program

Our Online Sport Management MBA program is designed to be completed start-to-finish in less than 1 year. The program is affordably priced with a tuition of $29,500, which includes all web-based course materials.

The curriculum is structured into a series of 30 credit hours, delivered over 6 sessions that span just under 12 months. Even though our 1 Year Online MBA program is designed for an accelerated schedule, it is also available in a part-time format. Part-time students typically complete the program within two years.

Students can enroll in the program Online from anywhere in the United States, however, Ashland University also makes a hybrid format available, through optional in-class enrollment at any of our 4 MBA Centers and Ashland University’s main campus.

Top Management Degrees placed Ashland University’s Sport Management Online MBA as No. 2 in Ohio, and No. 19 nationwide.

Additionally, Ashland University’s Online MBA has been awarded as a College of Distinction through recognition by professional accreditations in the field.

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The 1 Year Online MBA Program’s Features Include:

GMAT / GRE Waiver Available

Our careful review of applications, resumes, and prior education accomplishments allow us to predict success in the MBA program. Therefore, GMAT/GRE waiver options are available. A GMAT waiver allows you to pursue your online MBA: no GMAT required. This holds true for each of our specializations and online MBA programs: no GMAT required for waiver recipients.

Financial Aid Available

Ashland University provides a number of financial aid options ranging from tuition assistance grants to standard student loans. Financial aid may cover up to 100% of tuition, depending on a variety of factors. All students are encouraged to apply, regardless of background or financial status.


Our $29,500 All-Inclusive Tuition includes a Verizon MiFi hotspot along with 4G/LTE wireless internet service for 1-year. Additionally, hybrid course options make in-class learning available without an additional cost. For students who wish to attend some lectures in-person, this flexibility adds valuable face-time with our experienced professors.

Verizon MiFi Hotspot for Mobile Learning Included in Tuition

Ashland University is committed to your success and we understand the many commitments you have in your life. To ensure and enable more opportunities for coursework and learning, we’ve included a Verizon MiFi hotspot along with 4G/LTE wireless internet service for 1 year.

This battery-powered wireless network allows you to securely connect to the internet anywhere in the USA that has Verizon cellular network coverage. Your Verizon MiFi can be used for anything, and we expect the always-available internet connection to be useful for your current professional career, as well.

After you graduate, the MiFi device is yours to keep. Monthly service after 1 year must be purchased separately through Verizon.

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MBA in Sport Management

This program is designed for those interested in a variety of in-demand positions in the areas of professional sports, intercollegiate and high school athletics, campus and municipal recreation, sport marketing and promotions, sport administration, and facility and event management. Through focused coursework, students gain the critical skills demanded to succeed in the sport industry.

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Sport Management MBA Program Course Structure

The curriculum is structured into a series of 30 credit hours, at minimum. The core courses of all Ashland University MBA Programs are as follows:

  • Organizational Design & Change Management
  • Operations Management
  • Financial Management
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Marketing Management
  • Strategic Planning & Policy Analysis
  • International study tour or internship for elective credit

The specialization in Sport Management is gained through the completion of the following courses:

    • This is a survey and field experience course that deals with the administration, leadership, philosophy, standards, policies, and procedures for implementing sport and recreation programs. It focuses on the development of an understanding of administrative analysis and its relationship to decision making. The field experience component of the course requires students to work in a setting appropriate to their area in sport with a cooperating supervisor appropriate for the program. The field experience allows students to engage in a major project which involves problem identification, analysis of related research, development of a process or procedure to address the problem, development of an evaluation process and preparation of a project product.
    • This course is a historical, philosophical, and sociological examination of ethical and social issues related to sport in its dimensions as play, competition, leisure, education, and work.
    • This course is an examination of the marketing and promotion of professional, intercollegiate, and recreational sport. The course will explore aspects of marketing and promotion that are unique to sport.

Accelerated 1 Year Sport Management MBA Program

Students can expect to complete the entire MBA program in just 1 year. Earning an MBA in 1 year allows you to quickly accomplish your career goals. Unlike other online MBA programs that can take 2 years or longer, our 1 Year Online MBA program is completed in just 12 short months.

Additionally, you can continue working full-time because our program does not require you to be available Monday-Friday during the normal business day.

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Flexible Pace

We understand that things can change with your schedule and availability. That is why we offer flexible completion of our Online MBA course work. The graduation requirement is a minimum of 30 credit hours. Students can start at one pace, and switch to another.

If you are concerned about having enough time to keep up with a 1 year accelerated MBA program, then our flexibility will allow you to adapt. Students who seek a lower course load can complete the program in less than 3 years.

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Experienced Faculty

Ashland University’s Online Sport Management MBA Program is taught by the same professors and faculty who teach in-class. The Dauch College of Business & Economics is committed to providing the same level of quality for online students, as is provided in the classroom setting.

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Hybrid Online & In-Class Structure

Students who are local to Central Ohio and Northeast Ohio can opt to enroll for in-class courses for a physical in-person learning experience. Ashland University teaches MBA courses with the same faculty and professors for in-class and online learning. As a result, local students can enroll for classes at the Ashland University main campus, or any of our 4 MBA centers throughout Ohio in Independence, Medina, Canton and Columbus.

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Other Specializations Available

Students who don’t want a Sport Management focus can choose a different specialization. However, Ashland University can not guarantee a 1 year accelerated program length and options for specialization courses will vary depending on the semester.

Specialization options include: Accounting, Business Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Financial Management, Global Management, Healthcare Management and Leadership, Human Resource Management, Management Information Systems, Project Management, or Supply Chain Management.

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About Ashland University and the Dauch College of Business & Economics

Since 1878, Ashland University has been a liberal arts and sciences institution, preparing students for exciting professions and careers. In 1978, our centennial year, we introduced the Ashland University MBA program, and 39 years later over 5,000 students have made their way through the program.

Our Program is built on the core values of the Dauch College of Business Economics:

Our program’s vision is to be the provider of choice of managerial resources to organizations in the geographical areas we serve. Our mission is to help our students achieve those competencies most prized by organizations wishing to hire or promote individuals into positions of increasing responsibility.

The core values of our program are:
  • Competency-based education.
  • Student-centered, experiential learning.
  • Systematic stakeholder involvement and outcomes assessment.
  • Continual program review and improvement.
  • Scholarly activities in research, application, integration, teaching and service.

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