Innovative Higher Education

, Volume 40, Issue 4, pp 359–372 | Cite as

Issues in Athletic Administration: A Content Analysis of Syllabi from Intercollegiate Athletics Graduate Courses



This study examined courses focused on intercollegiate athletics in sport-related graduate programs (e.g., Sport Leadership, Sport Management, and Athletic/Sport Administration). A content analysis of course syllabi was used to determine the alignment of course scope and content. Analysis included course type (i.e., required or elective), instructor status, course hours per week, number of major readings, course objectives, course topics, course structure and activities, and student assessment. While several course topics were consistent across syllabi, intercollegiate athletics courses were found to vary widely in their course purpose statements, course objectives, and major readings. This study highlights new directions for future work in aligning professional preparation programs for athletic administrators and has implications for course design, which we believe is significant because of the importance of intercollegiate athletics within U.S. higher education.


Intercollegiate athletics Graduate programs Syllabus Athletic administrators Occupational socialization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of California, RiversideRiversideUSA
  2. 2.Wake Forest UniversityWinston-SalemUnited States
  3. 3.State University of New York CollegeOld WestburysUSA

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