2018 Most Affordable Online Colleges for a Master's in Sports Management

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With 22 out of 25 of the schools on this list offering tuition rates under $10,000 a year, there are many options for students seeking an affordable online sports management program. In the top spot is Midwestern State University, offering an online Master of Education in Sports Administration for just $4,749 per year. University of Central Missouri, ranked #2, offers two master's programs in sports management: a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in sports business and a Master of Science in Kinesiology with a concentration in sport management.

You can read more about our ranked schools below or browse our 2017 rankings of the most affordable online master's programs. View our methodology or learn more about SR Education Group.

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Rank College Annual Tuition
#1 #1 Midwestern State University Annual Tuition $4,749
#2 #2 University of Central Missouri Annual Tuition $5,784
#3 #3 Chadron State College Annual Tuition $5,850
#4 #4 Pittsburg State University Annual Tuition $5,904
#5 #5 East Central University Annual Tuition $5,988
#6 #6 Southeast Missouri State University Annual Tuition $6,009
#7 #7 Jacksonville State University Annual Tuition $6,112
#8 #8 University of South Dakota Annual Tuition $6,663
#9 #9 Fort Hays State University Annual Tuition $6,800
#10 #10 Grace College and Theological Seminary Annual Tuition $7,290
#11 #11 Georgia Southern University Annual Tuition $7,380
#12 #12 Campbellsville University Annual Tuition $7,485
#13 #13 University of South Alabama Annual Tuition $7,500
#14 #14 Concordia University - Texas Annual Tuition $7,875
#15 #15 Wilmington University Annual Tuition $8,388
#16 #16 Endicott College Annual Tuition $8,604
#17 #17 University of Louisiana-Monroe Annual Tuition $9,000
#18 (tie) #18 (tie) Arkansas State University Annual Tuition $9,612
#18 (tie) #18 (tie) Eastern New Mexico University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $9,612
#20 #20 Old Dominion University Annual Tuition $9,684
#21 #21 University of Southern Mississippi Annual Tuition $9,898
#22 #22 Baker University Annual Tuition $9,990
#23 #23 Gardner Webb University Annual Tuition $10,110
#24 #24 Liberty University Annual Tuition $10,170
#25 #25 Concordia University - Saint Paul Annual Tuition $10,450
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  • Annual Tuition: $4,749
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 756
  • Example Classes:
    Ethics & Legal Issues in Sport Management; Globalization & Sports; Leadership in Sport Management; Media and Community Relations in Sport; Sport in American Culture; Sport Marketing & Finance
  • Annual Tuition: $5,784
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,394
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Sport Event Management in Kinesiology; Advanced Sport Marketing; Organizational Leadership in Athletics and Sport; Sport Finance; Sport Law and Risk Management; Sport Public Relations
  • Annual Tuition: $5,850
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 631
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Coaching Philosophies; NCAA Rules; Nutrition for Sport and Wellness; Sport Law; Sports Management; Worksite Wellness
  • Annual Tuition: $5,904
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,151
  • Example Classes:
    Finance and Marketing in Sport/Leisure Services; Leadership & Legal Issues in Sport/Leisure Services; Social-Psychology of Sport and Recreation; Sport/Leisure Facility Development and Operation
  • Annual Tuition: $5,988
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 762
  • Example Classes:
    Leadership and Personnel Management; Practicum and Portfolio in Sports Administration; Principles of Sport Finance; Sports in American Society
  • Annual Tuition: $6,009
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,400
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Research Project; Design and Operation of Sport Facilities; Principles and Practices of Sport Management; Topics, Trends, Issues in Sport Management
  • Annual Tuition: $6,112
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 931
  • Example Classes:
    Contemporary Issues in Sport; Current Issues and Trends in Athletics; Human Resources Management in Sport; Law and Ethics in Wellness & Sport Studies; Legal & Ethical Sport Management & Recreation; Promotion and Event Planning in Sport
  • Annual Tuition: $6,663
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,536
  • Example Classes:
    Current Issues in Sport Management; Legal Aspects of Sport; New Media and Technology in Sport; Sport Budgeting and Finance; Sport Facility & Risk Management; Strategic Sport Communication
  • Annual Tuition: $6,800
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,379
  • Example Classes:
    Facilities in Physical Education and Athletics; Legal Issues in Health and Human Performance; Sports Marketing, Planning and Promotion
  • Annual Tuition: $7,290
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 381
  • Example Classes:
    Athletic Decision Making; Athletic Finance and Marketing Management; Athletic Organization and Administration; Facility Planning and Management; Risk Management and Ethical Issues; Sport Medicine and Strength Training Administration
  • Annual Tuition: $7,380
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,496
  • Example Classes:
    Current Trends in Sport Administration; Financial and Strategic Management in Sport; Research and Analysis in Sport; Revenue Generation in Sport; Sport Facility and Event Management; Sport Law and Risk Management

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,485
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 431
  • Example Classes:
    Ethics in Sport; Event Management & Promotions; Facility Development & Management; Sport & The Law; Sport Administration; Sport Psychology
  • Annual Tuition: $7,500
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,687
  • Example Classes:
    Social and Ethical Issues in Sport Management; Sport Business and Finance; Sport Event Law and Risk Management; Sport Event Marketing; Sport Leadership and Organizational Behavior
  • Annual Tuition: $7,875
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 848
  • Example Classes:
    Critical Issues/Events in Sports; Ethics and Leadership in Education; Facilities and Event Planning; Laws in Sports Administration; Media and Marketing; Organizational Behavior in Sports
  • Annual Tuition: $8,388
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 6,201
  • Example Classes:
    Analysis of Decision Making; Financing Sport Operations; Leadership Development and Change Management; Legal and Ethical Issues in Sports; Organization Theory and Design; Sociology of Sport

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,604
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,544
  • Example Classes:
    Contemporary Issues in Sport; Facilities Planning in Sport; Sport Law and Risk Management; Sport Marketing and Media; Strategic Management and Leadership in Athletic Administration; The Impact of Technology in Sport

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,000
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,322
  • Example Classes:
    Advanced Strength and Conditioning; Finance and Economics in Sport; Marketing and Public Relations in Sport; Psychology of Motor Learning; Sport Sociology; Sports Medicine
  • Annual Tuition: $9,612
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 3,818
  • Example Classes:
    Ethical Issues in Sport; Sport Finance & Budgeting; Sport Governance & Operations; Sport in Society; Sport Law; Sport Marketing

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,612
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,151
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Sport Psychology; Physiological Principles of Training; Scientific Principles of Strength and Conditioning; Social and Psychological Aspects of Sport; Sport Law and Risk Management
  • Annual Tuition: $9,684
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 4,571
  • Example Classes:
    Facility Management for Sport, Recreation and Entertainment; Social Issues in Sport; Sport Law; Strategic Marketing in Sport
  • Annual Tuition: $9,898
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 2,711
  • Example Classes:
    Applied Research Methods and Statistics in Sport; Financial Management in Sport; Socio-Ethical Issues in Sport; Sport Marketing and Public Relations; Sport Venue and Event Management; Trends and Issues in Sport Management
  • Annual Tuition: $9,990
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 970
  • Example Classes:
    Administration, Policy, and Governance; Legal Aspects of Sport Business; Marketing Strategies in Sport; Organizational Culture and Dynamics; Organizational Teams and Effective Leadership; Sponsorship and Revenue in Sport
  • Annual Tuition: $10,110
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,693
  • Example Classes:
    Ethics and Leadership in Sport; Legal Issues in Sport; Sport Facility Design and Event Management; Sport Marketing and Promotion
  • Annual Tuition: $10,170
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and TRACS
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 30,631
  • Example Classes:
    Current Issues & Theory for Hospitality & Tourism Management; Economic & Financial Management of Sport; Foundations of Sport Ministry; Hospitality & Tourism Marketing Strategy; Legal Issues in Sport; Sport & Event Tourism Planning & Impacts
  • Annual Tuition: $10,450
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Total Graduate Enrollment: 1,819
  • Example Classes:
    Ethics & Policy in Sport Management; Human Resource Management; Research Design Methods; Sport Sales; Sports Marketing

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