Coker College’s Master’s in College Athletic Administration Ranked as One of the Country’s Best Online Degree Programs

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Hartsville, S.C. – Feb. 16, 2017 – Coker College’s master of science degree in college athletic administration is one of the best online master’s in sports management programs in the country according to’s 2017 rankings.

Coker College first introduced its Master of Science degree in college athletic administration in May 2012 after earning accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). The degree offers students a solid foundation in specialized areas such as sport business management, current issues in college athletics, NCAA compliance regulations, sport communication, sport law, recruiting of coaches and athletes, fundraising and sport marketing.

Nationally, increases in the number of bachelor’s degrees in sports management have quadrupled the overall growth rate of baccalaureate degrees in recent years, and master’s degrees in sports management have outpaced all master's degrees by a margin of seven to one.

A bachelor’s degree is considered the minimum educational requirement for most careers in athletic administration. Students who earn a master’s in sports management stand to advance their careers more quickly than those with less academic accreditation.

“College athletics is extraordinarily complex and has become a high-profile aspect of most institutions of higher education,” said President Robert Wyatt, when announcing the school’s master of science degree in college athletic administration.  “Coker’s program is designed to equip tomorrow’s administrators with a rigorous academic foundation—a forward-thinking curriculum that balances theory with real-world experiences and creativity with bottom-line analytical thinking.”

Graduates who earn a sports management master’s degree pursue careers in areas such as college athletic departments, the front offices of athletic organizations and major sporting goods retailers. Some find careers with professional sports teams, such as Ricky Meinhold, a full-time scout for the St. Louis Cardinals, who earned his master’s of college athletic administration from Coker College in December 2013. provides interested students with direct connections to schools and programs suiting their educational goals. Their mission is to help prospective students find the school that best meets their needs through proprietary research, user-friendly guides, and hundreds of unique college rankings. Rankings are based on the courses schools offer, available specializations, student outcomes, career support services, and other criteria used to determine academic excellence.

Release written by Media Relations Coordinator Elizabeth Coxe Hubbard.




Coker College is a student-focused, private liberal arts college located in Hartsville, South Carolina. Coker combines round table, discussion-based learning with hands-on experiences to encourage active participation in and out of the classroom. A supportive, close-knit community prepares Coker students with the confidence and practical life skills they need to reach their personal best, in college and beyond.

Founded in 1908, Coker is a bachelor’s and master’s degree-granting institution and competes in 24 NCAA Division II sports. Coker is ranked among the "Best Colleges" in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review, and by Washington Monthly as one of the Southeast's "Best Bang for the Buck" colleges.