Master of Science (M.S.) in Sports Administration

The Master of Science in Sports Administration Program at Boston College addresses the challenges and opportunities of an industry in rapid growth. Designed to propose new thinking and broaden leadership competencies for those in sports management as well as administrators and coaches, this degree focuses on balancing the needs of the many stakeholders within an athletic system. The Sports Administration Masters focuses on development and cultivation of the individual, team and organization through the establishment of an intentional culture of trust and commitment which adhere to the broader core values of the institution.

Students will learn how to guide team members into alignment, and learn how to embrace and overcome setbacks through a positive focus on teamwork and collaboration. Using the Jesuit principles as the foundation for leadership and decision-making, graduates will learn how to authentically lead and bring out the best in others by espousing core values as guiding principles.

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In a city known for relentless commitment to and support of professional and collegiate athletics, we believe offering an M.S. in Sports Administration at Boston College fills a gap in the region.
Elisabeth Hiles, Program Director

At a Glance

How many courses?

Ten courses are required for the program.


Study full- or part-time. Tailored to the needs of technical professionals and individuals seeking knowledge to advance their careers.


Our Faculty

What will I study?


  • Courses: 10
  • Credits: 30

Current courses for Spring 2019

Where Our Students & Graduates Work


Director of Basketball Operations, Virginia Commonwealth University

Inside Sales Representative, Brooklyn Nets, Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment

Head Coach, Girls Volleyball, Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, MA 

Account Manager, Ticket Sales, Collegiate Level

Associate Communication Director, Collegiate Level

Assistant Football Strength and Conditioning Coach, Collegiate Level


Application Information


If you are mailing physical documents in support of your application, please mail those application materials to: 

Boston College
Woods College of Advancing Studies Admissions Office
St. Mary's Hall South
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Online Application


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university (minimum GPA 3.0)
    • Applicants with GPA lower than 3.0 will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
  • Personal Statement
  • 2 Letters of recommendation
  • Application fee $60 (to be paid as part of the online application)

At this time the program is not open to international students requiring an I-20. 

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To be uploaded to your online Application Form

In addition to your academic history and relevant work experience, please include any licenses currently held, any social justice-related experience, any language skills other than English, and any research experience or publications.

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In 1,000-1,500 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation are required. If you have been out of school for less than 5 years, one of these letters must speak to your academic abilities and should come from a professor, academic advisor, or other person who would be able to discuss your academic record.

Letters must be sent directly from recommender either through online application portal or directly to Woods College.  We will not accept letters that are not in a sealed envelope mailed directly from recommender or emailed directly from recommender.


Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to your online Application Form for purposes of application review. However, official transcript(s) must also be submitted upon acceptance/matriculation. Both undergraduate and graduate transcripts are required.


If you have questions about the program, please contact Program Director Elisabeth Hiles.


Entrance Term: Application Due Date: Decision Letter Sent By:
Fall Early Deadline: May 1 June 1
  Regular Deadline: June 15
July 15

Rolling admissions after regular deadline.

Applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis, pending availability.
Spring  Early Deadline: October 15
November 15
  Regular Deadline: November 15 December 15
  Rolling admissions after regular deadline.  Applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis, pending availability.
Summer  Early Deadline: March 1 April 1
  Regular Deadline: April 1 
May 1
  Rolling admissions after regular deadline. Applications will be reviewed on a case by case basis, pending availability.

Articulation Agreements

University of New England

Qualified graduating UNE students are eligible for: 

  • Application fee waiver
  • Preferred admission into the Sports Administration program without competing with the rest of the applicant pool

Completion of both SPT 340-A Athletic and Sports Administration and SRM 160 Introduction to Sport and Recreation will replace Boston College’s Introduction to Sports Management (ADSA7501).

Completion of SPT 325 Sports Marketing will replace Boston College’s Sports Marketing and Commnication (ADSA7502)