UNC's sports administration grad progam world renown
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 14:05
A leading publication covering the international sport business community has tabbed UNC’s sport administration graduate program as one of the top 5 in the world, according to the university’s news service.
The SportBusiness International magazine’s first-ever ranking of sport management courses from around the world included the University of Northern Colorado’s program, which is also only one of two universities from the U.S. to be named.
“I’m extremely honored for us to be so highly ranked,” said David Stotlar, director of College of Natural and Health Sciences’ School of Sport and Exercise Science. “It’s a great tribute not only to our faculty but to the great success our graduates have achieved.”
To be eligible for consideration in the rankings, graduate programs had to focus on covering the sport business in its entirety and, at a minimum, offer curriculum for no fewer than three consecutive years.
Course providers were asked to supply data on graduates employed after completing the program and other facts and figures, including course length and student demographics.
Alumni also were surveyed about the quality of teaching and support in career placement in the sports industry.
At UNC, 30 graduate students enroll annually in Sport Administration, which has been offered as a graduate program since 1988. Within three months after earning their degrees, nearly eight out of 10 graduates are employed full time in the sports industry.
UNC graduates currently working in the sector have taken positions in the NBA, NFL, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympics, and in numerous college athletic departments.
Sport Administration faculty include Stotlar, Dianna Gray and Linda Sharp. They teach program courses on sport management, law, ethics, marketing, finance and public relations. For more information about the program, visit http://www.unco.edu/nhs/ses/ms_sa.htm
Sport Business International
Postgraduate Sports Course Ranking 2012
1. Ohio University
2. The International Centre for Sports Studies (Switzerland)
3. Windsor University (Canada)
4. Coventry University (United Kingdom)
5. University of Northern Colorado