Online Master of Science in Sport and Fitness Administration

Become a Leader in Sport Administration

Seek Your Advanced Degree With a Renowned University

Prepare to direct sports and fitness programs with Winthrop University. Our online Master of Science in Sport and Fitness Administration program lets you explore the business of sport and recreation through an administrative lens, gaining in-demand skills for leading initiatives on behalf of private, public and nonprofit organizations.

This online program provides the credentials and experience needed to lead in the sport and fitness industry, with online courses that focus on facility management, personnel management and program development. As a full-time student you can finish in under two years, taking a fast track to careers in athletics, facilities management, sports law and beyond.

While seeking your M.S. in Sport and Fitness Administration online, you’ll experience the same caliber of instruction as our on-campus students and benefit from small class sizes that foster engagement with your peers and faculty. After graduation, you’ll possess a valuable master’s degree that can catch the eye of potential employers.

Winthrop is a public, comprehensive university committed to excellence, ranking among the top institutions of our kind in the nation. With our highly qualified faculty and high-quality curricula, we attract a diverse student population dedicated to achievement and social responsibility.

Online Courses

Finish in 2 Years

Transfer up to
9 Credits

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Select the Track That Supports Your Goals

With Winthrop’s M.S. in Sport and Fitness Administration program, you can choose to complete one of the following:


Gain hands-on skills that apply to a sport and fitness specialty, helping you stand out in the job market when you graduate.


Extensively research and analyze a sports business issue, developing specialized expertise relevant to this field.

Follow Our Faculty Into Sport and Fitness Leadership

While seeking your master’s degree, you’ll learn from experts specializing in coaching, global sports, marketing and other concepts that apply to sport and fitness careers. You’ll experience a comprehensive education to gain knowledge relevant to managing programs, personnel and facilities. Our online courses include:

Legal Issues in Sport and Fitness Administration

Learn about fundamental legal principles that apply to sports and fitness management careers, including issues that involve injuries and employee relations.

Computer Application in Sport and Physical Activity

Get an introduction to the role of social media, professional networking apps and software relevant to sport and fitness administration.

Management and Leadership in Sport and Fitness

Explore contemporary research and engage in analytical exercises to develop a comprehensive understanding of sport and fitness management.

Sport and Fitness Facility Management

This in-depth analysis of facilities management covers everything from construction issues to facility marketing to negotiating naming rights.

Discover What Makes Winthrop’s Programs More Impactful

Seek your online master’s degree with Winthrop and experience the same rigorous curricula as you would in an on-campus program. Take classes in the format that fits your schedule and get the support to succeed by engaging with our dedicated faculty and your classmates. Many of our programs bolster the coursework with hands-on learning through internships, practica, interactive assignments and capstone projects.

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Score Impressive Credentials for Sport and Fitness Careers

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of entertainment and sports jobs could grow 22% from 2020 to 2030.1 As this hiring grows, organizations could need additional leaders to oversee efforts to improve athletic performance, coordinate events and run facilities efficiently. By seeking Winthrop’s M.S. in Sport and Fitness Administration degree online, you can develop the leadership traits sought by sports businesses, colleges and nonprofits.

5 Rewarding Sports and Fitness Careers

  1. Athlete Development Specialist
  2. Athletic Academics Coordinator
  3. Compliance and Risk Management Specialist
  4. Event Coordinator
  5. Facilities Manager

The Values, Education and Experience That Matter to Your Future

Founded in 1886, Winthrop University provides a distinct, value-oriented education that enables students to thrive in the 21st century. Here, you’ll discover how our commitment to service, excellence, diversity, community and leadership provide a foundation for your professional and personal development, putting you on track for long-term success.

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  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Entertainment and Sports Occupations. Retrieved June 1, 2022, from