What makes our Sports Administration Program unique, besides highly qualified professors, is a well established internship program. South Florida is one of the most sports industry rich areas of the country, with four major sports franchises and the PGA
As a leader in the field of Sports Administration, St. Thomas University (Biscayne College) pioneered the first undergraduate sports administration program in the nation in 1973. † In 1977, St. Thomas University began offering a Master of Science (M.S.) in Sports Administration as a vehicle for teaching the unique skills of management necessary for the modern sports administrator. Presently, the Sports Administration Program offers both a B.A. and a B.B.A. in Sports Administration at the undergraduate level and on the graduate level an M.S. in Sports Administration; an M.B.A. with a specialization in Sports Administration; and 2 joint degrees with the School of Law, i.e., a J.D./M.B.A. and a J.D./M.S.
The curriculum design, blending management and sports business courses, meets the challenge of the rapidly changing world of sports. The growth of professional sports, college athletics, leisure services, facility management, and media and business participation has created a need for specialized professional preparation. † The complex nature of today's sports programs is increasing the need for professionally prepared sports managers.
The uniqueness of the sports administration programs at St. Thomas University revolves around three elements:
1. †††† Business courses with an application to sports comprise the curriculum.
2. †††† South Florida is a natural laboratory setting which affords numerous opportunities for aspiring sports administrators to gain valuable experience while taking their classes and pursuing their degrees. † Students are assisted with learning about available local opportunities via weekly (or as needed) emailed documents.
3. †††† The South Florida area, a major sports market, exposes students to sports industry professionals who serve as guest lecturers and adjunct professors thus increasing the studentsí networking base. † Professionals from all areas of sports are engaged in lending counsel and instruction through adjunct professorships, classroom † presentations, volunteer opportunities, and internships. Throughout the year, leaders from the sports industry are invited as seminar speakers on specific topics related to sports management. †
What makes our Sports Administration Program unique, besides highly qualified professors, is a well established internship program. South Florida is one of the† most sports industry rich areas of the country, with four major sports franchises and the PGA; the LPGA; Sony Ericsson; NASCAR, etc. Our students, because of our well-placed alumni, are able to seek internships all over the country as they have access to our alumni. Additionally, St. Thomas Universityís Sports Administration program is able to bring top industry speakers into the classroom.
The STU Sports Administration Program is located in St. Thomas Universityís Fernandez Family Center for Leadership and Wellness (FFC) which was dedicated in September of 2009. Both the programís classroom and faculty offices are headquartered in the Fernandez Center. Under the direction of the FFC director, Sports Administration students oversee the daily operations of the Center and help coordinate the needs of all of the athletic teams and outside events.
M.S. or M.B.A. in Sports Administration
Since 1977, St. Thomasí sports administration program has been a national leader in graduate sports administration/management education. † Professionals from all areas of sports and athletics are engaged in lending counsel and instruction through adjunct professorships, classroom presentations, volunteer opportunities, and internships. Throughout the year, leaders from the sports industry are invited to be speakers on specific topics related to sports management.
In 1994, a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) with a specialization in Sports Administration was introduced to meet the need for more accounting and financially trained professionals. † America is on the move, and the business of sports, from professional baseball to managing a fitness center, needs well-prepared administrators.
Since a great percentage of our graduate students are from somewhere other than South Florida, they are expected to get involved with local sports organizations, gaining valuable experience while they are taking their classes. † This affords them the opportunity to explore a variety of areas in sports, learning what they like to do as well as what they donít particularly care to do. † In addition, as they take that information into the classroom, it is shared with their classmates who learn from it, too. † They are assisted with finding experiential opportunities via the weekly (or as needed) emailed documents listing the opportunities for experience that have come in since the last mailing. † In addition, the annual graduate sports administration student reception (held in August each year and by invitation only) is an event not to be missed. † Twenty to thirty local sports organizations send representatives (many of whom are our alumni) to announce their needs for graduate student help.
In addition, students at the graduate level have an opportunity to be selected to attend the Baseball Winter Meetings. † As a group of ten, they serve as the operations staff for the Professional Baseball Employment Opportunities - PBEO Job Fair. † This has been an annual offering since 1995 and is testament to the quality of work that our students display. (Please see the information on the web pages for degree program requirements.) Bachelor of Arts or Business Administration in Sport Administration St. Thomas University founded one of the first Sports Administration Program in the nation in 1973 when we were still Biscayne College. The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), founded in 1995, is a very strong business, finance and accounting degree that is applicable to any business industry beyond sports administration. † The Bachelor of Arts degree is an option for transfer students who may lose too many credits during the transfer process because they may not have been pursuing a business degree at their previous schools. † Both degrees are 120 credit hours. † Our most unique feature is the emphasis that is placed on getting experience. † Our South Florida climate allows for year around sports events, and students are encouraged to get experience while they are taking their classes. † They are assisted with finding experiences via the weekly (or as needed) emailed documents listing the opportunities for experience that have come in since the last mailing. † (Please see the information on the web pages for degree program requirements.) Juris Doctor with a M.S. or MBA in Sports Administration
Joint degrees with the School of Law = Juris Doctor (J.D.) with a Master of Science in Sports Administration or J.D. with a Master of Business Administration in Sports Administration
Insofar as most U.S. colleges and universities with law schools have added joint degree programs to fulfill the educational needs of law students who want to succeed in the business world today, these colleges and universities have gained a competitive advantage when compared to colleges and universities that do not provide this program.
† As no two students are the same, neither should they be forced into only one degree option. † Therefore, two sports administration masterís degree options are available to St. Thomas law students that are a Joint J.D. (Law) and Master of Science in Sports Administration and a Joint J.D. (Law) and Master of Business Administration in Sports Administration. ††
The faculties of the Law School and the School of Business work in close collaboration to offer exciting, joint-degree programs: the J.D./M.S. in Sports Administration and the J.D./M.B.A. in Sports Administration. † These programs offer St.Thomas students the opportunity to complete both the Juris Doctor and the Master's degrees in the three years it typically takes to complete the Juris Doctor degree alone. The School of Business and the Law School have agreed to accept credits from courses taken at the other school, thereby reducing the total number of credits needed for both degrees. Participants thus complete both degrees, receiving a diploma for each, in a reduced period with reduced overall costs.
Joint degree students generally enter and complete their first year of law school prior to
taking any master level courses. However, a student may begin one of the applicable master's programs prior to starting law school. Upon admission to the law school he/she will be required lo take the entire first year law school curriculum (and no master's level courses.) A student can be given credit only for the master level courses taken after matriculating into the law school.
While the School of † Business and the School of Law † work together in providing these joint degree programs, a joint JD/MS.SA or a JD/MBA.SA degree program offers clear benefits to its law students who are eager to pursue opportunities in not only sports but in entertainment in general. † (Please see the information on the web pages for degree program requirements.)
Name Title Employer
MBA student 2011
The decision to attend St. Thomas University can be attributed to much more than the prospect of living on the beach. The Sports Administration program here is one of the nationís elite. Many schools talk about experiential learning, but itís not the same at St. Thomas. With the institution being as small as it is, there are ample opportunities to get involved right on campus, and I am not just talking about running copies for some assistant AD. Within our athletic department alone is the chance to work hand-in-hand with our Athletic Director, get real-life learning experience as the Sports Information Director, or prove your ethics and moral standards as the compliance coordinator. Graduate student positions like facility manager and intramural coordinator will not only afford you the experience, but also a way to finance your education at the same time. And once you step off campus the possibilities are endless. All four professional sports leagues are represented here, big time intercollegiate athletics, NASCAR, elite levels of high school athletics, golf, the Orange Bowl Committee, soccer, World Judo competitions, personal training, etc. We have an alumni network that covers all these areas and more! There truly is no end to the number of organizations that will allow you the chance to develop your skills, build your resume, and complement the classic learning happening in the classroom. To that end, we shouldnít forget about the education. St. Thomas offers several degree options; whether you want to earn a Masterís degree, an MBA with a sports administration focus, or pair either with a J.D. from our nationally-recognized St. Thomas School of Law, there is something here for everybody. Oh, and youíll be able to call your family from the beach, when itís snowing back in your hometown!
Name Title Employer Class
Premier Sports & Entertainment Management
Director of Travel
Director of Women's Basketball Operations
University of Nebraska
Regional Vice President Ė West Region
Vice President of Tournament Business Affairs
Michael C. Godoy
Executive Director of Operations
Michael S Kelly
Associate Commissioner/Football Operations
Atlantic Coast Conference
Vice President - Events
Orange Bowl Committee
Jerry A McBurney
Arizona Sundogs (Central Hockey League)
Complete Ticket Solutions-CTS
Edward S Krajewski
Senior Associate Athletic Director of External Affairs
University of Miami
Assistant General Manager
American Airlines Arena - The Heat Group
Robert M. Agramonte
Regional Vice President
Dr. Larry Teis
Director of Athletics
Texas State University
Sr Vice President of Basketball Operations
Jeff S Craney
Manager, Special Events
ESPN Regional Television
Albert E Avila
VP/Assistant General Manager
James J Hendry