Courses & Curriculum

Courses & Curriculum

Nico Lorgnier - Assistant Professor
Sport Administration

MSA Courses and Curriculum

Sport Administration Core: 


MSA 520 Leadership in Sport 3
MSA 550 Strategic Sport Marketing 3
MSA 560 Moral and Ethical Issues in Sport 3
MSA 611 Risk Management/Contract Negotiation 3
MSA 660 Sport Finance and Business 3
MSA 799 Internship in Sport Administration 6
MSA 899 Practica for International Students 0
MSA 613 Organizational Behavior 3
MBA 503 Statistics 3
MBA 504 Economics 3
MBA 505 Financial Accounting 3

Specialization / elective area: Any three of the following.

MSA 530 Managing Sport Facilities 3
MSA 565 Sport Communication 3
MSA 621 Rules Compliance 3
MSA 631 Intercollegiate Athletics 3
MSA 641 Professional Sport 3
MSA 650 Special Events 3
MSA 670 Globalization of Sport 3
MSA 690 Research Methods in Sport Administration 3

Click here for degree requirement summary (DRS) sheet.


MSA 520 Leadership in Sport  (3 credits)
This course will examine the concepts relating to efficient management and leadership of the sport industry. Emphasis will be placed on principles and techniques of management relating to programs, facilities, special events and personnel.

MSA 530 Managing Sport Facilities (3 credits)
This course is designed to provide learning experiences in the administrative tasks of planning, managing, and operating various types of athletic facilities.  Financial, legal, and safety issues relevant to operating facilities will be examined.  In addition, management principles and concepts as they affect program selection and scheduling of sport and fitness facilities will also be examined.

MSA 550 Strategic Sport Marketing (3 credits)
A study of marketing concepts with application to sport organizations. Topics include promotions and public relations, sport consumer behavior, strategic market planning, marketing information management, marketing communications and sponsorship.

MSA 560 Moral and Ethical Issues in Sport (3 credits)
The purpose of this course is to help you establish a fundamental philosophy for sport in your life (both personal as well as professional). The course will address the questions of why you are/want to be involved in sports in a professional capacity, what values will drive your actions and decision-making in your professional life and what type of ethical code you will adopt.

MSA 565 Sport Communication (3 credits)
A study of basic knowledge and understanding of media relations in sport. Emphasis on building and managing an effective media relations program on the intercollegiate and professional level. Examines news releases, home town features, contest management, press conferences, statistics and publications.

MSA 611 Risk Management/Contract Negotiation (3 credits)
The aim of this course is to acquire an understanding of basic legal concepts and negotiation methods in order to apply them to the sport industry. The course will aid the student in recognizing and understanding how these concepts can be applied in the administration and management of sporting events, programs, facilities and personnel.

MSA 621 Rules Compliance (3 credits)
This course will provide an overview of the NCAA’s governance structure and legislative process, as well as the role of on-campus athletics compliance officers.  Students will examine each of the NCAA’s operating bylaws: amateurism, recruiting, eligibility, financial aid, awards and benefits and playing and practice seasons, and review infractions cases and other case studies relative to each of these bylaws.  Students will learn how rules violations are investigated, reported and processed (and maybe even avoided), and how the role of the NCAA’s enforcement staff and infractions committee impacts rules compliance in intercollegiate athletics.

MSA 631 Intercollegiate Athletics (3 credits)
An introduction to the management of intercollegiate athletics; a review of organizational structure in regards to the intercollegiate athletic department, conferences and the NCAA. Analysis of prevailing issues in college athletics including financial trends, academic recruiting, legislation, conference realignment, reform and Title IX/gender equity.

MSA 641 Professional Sport (3 credits)
This course is aimed at providing an overview of professional sports and their leagues, including their organizational structure and the associated job market.  The emphasis will be placed on sports outside of the four major leagues such as the PGA, WNBA, LPGA, and NASCAR.

MSA 650 Special Events (3 credits)
Overview of all elements involved in sport event management.  Key components of the course include practical application at actual events, interaction with industry experts, as well as creation and implementation of a major class event to benefit a local charity.  A strong emphasis is placed on coursework outside of the classroom environment.

MSA 660 Sport Finance and Business (3 credits)
An overview of general business economics and financial principles. Topics include private and public sector funding, economic impact analysis, sponsorship, partnerships and fundraising related to sport and sport organizations.

MSA 670 Globalization of Sport (3 credits)
This course explores the social, economic, cultural and political underpinnings which underline the relationship between globalization and sports. Both from a theoretical and practical standpoint the concepts of globalization, sports and development are studied in the contemporary context. In what way has globalization influenced the diffusion of sports around the world? What kind of new power relations has globalization established for sports organizations and athletes?

MSA 690 Research Methods in Sport Administration (3 credits)
Provides insights into the critical elements of research and enables the student to formulate an original hypothesis culminating in the master's project or thesis. Required for the thesis option.

MSA 799 Internship in Sport Administration (6 credits)
Individually structured work-related independent research guided by faculty/staff member. Goal is to integrate student's academic experience with that of the work place. Research report required. Download the internship packet.
Prerequisites: Completion of all other required courses; signature and approval of program director.

MSA 899 Practica for International Students (0 credits)
Allows the international student to learn and gain experience in the workings of a sport and/or entertainment organization in the United States.
Prerequisite: All international students must register each semester.


MSA 613 Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
The aim of this course is to acquire an understanding of theoretical research in organizational behaviors and to apply this knowledge in the sport industry. This course attempts to add to your understanding of life in complex organizations by covering topics including: fostering innovation and change, motivating and rewarding desired behavior, (re)designing sport organizations to fit with strategic objectives, selecting the appropriate leadership style to motivate others to perform, and using power and influence effectively in diverse organizations.

MBA 503 Statistics (3 credits)
Statistical concepts and techniques emphasizing problem solving and interpretation: descriptive measures, probability distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, contingency tables and analysis of variance.

MBA 504 Economics (3 credits)
Organization of resources to attain economic goals, supply and demand and determination of prices and output.  Emphasis on consumer behavior and the level and variability of macroeconomic activity; money, banking, inflation, and unemployment.

MBA 505 Financial Accounting (3 credits)
Reporting the financial results of operations and financial position to investors, creditors and managers; problems that arise in the preparation, analysis, and use of accounting data with emphasis on use of financial reports.