Dickinson State University (DSU) has received approval by the Higher Learning Commission to offer a master’s degree in athletics. The university developed the new Master of Sport Administration in athletic leadership to prepare highly qualified mid-career professionals and recent higher ed. graduates to advance their coaching or athletic administration professions. The program is designed for individuals who have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree and wish to pursue a master’s degree to advance in the coaching or athletic administration arena.

Starting with the fall 2022 semester, students can pursue the MSA in a flexible, online format that fits most working adults’ lives. All the coursework will be taught asynchronously by highly qualified faculty.

“Learners will be exposed to all aspects of athletics leadership, including administration, psychology, strength and conditioning, recruiting, and fundraising,” stated Thadd O’Donnell, chair of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation at DSU. “The program is intended to get students ready for these roles, whether it’s coaching a sport or sports or leading an entire athletic club or department.”

“With the steady growth of youth and adult competitive activities, both team-focused and individual, the MSA is a sound approach to holistically train professionals in the planning and implementation of relevant, safe, and sustainable athletic programs, activities, and events,” said John Miller, DSU interim vice president and provost.

Dickinson State is now accepting applications for admission to the Master of Sport Administration in Athletic Leadership program. For more information about the program, please visit www.dickinsonstate.edu/masters.

For questions regarding admissions, please contact DSU’s Office of Admissions at 701-483-2175 or dsu.hawk@dickinsonstate.edu.