Master of Science in College Athletic Administration

ADVANCE YOUR CAREER IN ATHLETICS

Coker understands graduate students have busy schedules packed with work and family responsibilities, which is why we designed our entirely-online Master of Science in College Athletic Administration program with a flexible, convenient format.

If you’re interested in advancing your career or receiving focused training in specialized areas, Coker’s program will help you combine your passion for sports with the in-depth knowledge needed to further develop the skills necessary to qualify for high-level, athletic-focused positions.  

Coker’s College Athletic Administration graduates will learn the industry essentials, including how to develop and deliver an effective public relations campaign in college and university athletic programs while utilizing mass and social media, NCAA compliance principles and current key issues, how to develop and implement a successful fundraising program, create sound budgets, and handle a wide range of financial issues.

Coker’s coursework focuses on the industry’s three main components:


Coker’s M.S. in College Athletic Administration is ranked #12 in the country by OnlineMasters.com’s ‘Best Online Sports Management Programs’ category.

The program is also ranked #30 by TopManagementDegrees.com, based on “accreditations, affordability, and prestige.”

KEY CLASSES FOR YOUR SUCCESS

Marketing of Intercollegiate Athletics


This course examines the principles of marketing as they apply to intercollegiate athletics. Concepts unique to the sports product including consumer behavior, media and public relations will be emphasized. Promotional activities, market segmentation and legal aspects exclusive to intercollegiate athletics will be analyzed as the student develops successful marketing strategies.

Legal and Ethical Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics


This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the legal and ethical issues associated with the operation of an intercollegiate athletic department. Through the analysis of case studies and current issues, students will focus on the practical application of laws and regulations and the implications that ethics have on decision making and management in intercollegiate athletic administration.

Fundraising in College Athletics


This course is designed to combine fundraising theory with the skills and knowledge needed to implement and develop a successful college athletic fundraising program. In addition to providing insight into how to assess the fundraising environment and evaluate an organization’s capabilities, this course will cover topics on board development and using research to design critical campaigns and identify multiple sources of funding.

MS in College Athletic Administration - Program Preview

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WHY COKER UNIVERSITY?

  1. Cost & Aid

    Estimated Total Tuition Cost (15 months)

    Total Credit Hours 30 Hours
    Tuition Per Credit Hour $638
    TOTAL $19,140*

    Additional Expenses (per year)

    Coker Advantage (Tech) Fee $176 ($22 per term)

    *Estimated total costs are based upon current year figures and do not include the cost of course materials or possible increases for courses offered in a new fiscal year.

  1. Admissions

    To gain admission to the Master of Science in College Athletic Administration program, an applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation with an overall undergraduate grade point average of  3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students with a lower undergraduate grade point average may be reviewed for admission by the program faculty. 

    Additionally, students will be required to submit a portfolio of materials including the following:

    • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and/or graduate institutions attended.
    • A one-page personal statement explaining the student’s educational and career goals.
    • Resume
    • Two professional letters of recommendation. Electronic signatures accepted.

    Admission documents may be submitted electronically and should be sent to masters@coker.edu. If you have questions, please feel free to call 843.857.4139. 

  1. Course Sequence

    The Master of Science in College Athletic Administration program has two entry points per year, each June and February. Graduate students will take one course at a time in a cohort model.

    For more information, please email masters@coker.edu.

    Below is a sample course sequence of one cohort. (Actual course sequence may vary.)

    START DATE END DATE CLASS ID CLASS NAME
        MCAA 530 Fundraising in Intercollegiate Sports
        MCAA 540 Intercollegiate Athletic Facilities
        MCAA 535 Legal and Ethical Issues
        MCAA 520 College Coaching and Athletic Recruiting
        MCAA 570 Business Management of Intercollegiate Athletics
        MCAA 510 Current Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics
        MCAA 515 Sports Information and Communication in Intercollegiate Athletics
        MCAA 572 Marketing Intercollegiate Athletics
        MCAA 573 Financial Management of Intercollegiate Athletics
        MCAA 599 Directed Research/Practicum in Sport Management
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Hear from our Alumni

“I felt the masters program at Coker would give me the opportunity to diversify my knowledge of collegiate athletics…the program worked with my non-traditional schedule…I was the assistant athletic director for communications at Texas A&M University-Kingsville while earning my masters from Coker. The format was easy to manage for me, especially with the amount of travel I did. I would do some work from rental cars, hotels, arenas before games & it wasn’t too difficult to manage…I continued my career in collegiate athletics and moved on to the University of New Orleans in September 2017, overseeing promotions, digital and communications.”

Kelvin Queliz (M.S.C.A.A. ‘16)
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