Wayne State University

Wayne State University is also featured in our ranking Top 50 Master’s in Sports Management Degree Online Programs.

Sports Administration in the Motor City

The online sports administration graduate program at Wayne State University is ranked in the top 50 nationwide. Graduates of the program can go into any subfield, such as coaching, sales management, marketing, and leadership development as it applies to sport administration, among others. Coursework includes both practical and theoretical studies in event management, interscholastic athletic directorship, financing, and collegiate athletic directorship. There are also practicums available for fieldwork in any of the disciplines, pardon the pun.

The chief advantage offered by Wayne State University for those in pursuit of an online Master’s in Sport Administration is that there are four franchises of the four major sports all within the downtown area: the Red Wings, the Pistons, the Tigers, and the Lions. There are also a dozen or more minor-league teams and teams of niche sports within the city limits. The secondary advantage, even over other Michigan schools, is that there is virtually no travel time to reach the offices of any of these teams. Students can walk to the three major stadiums in less than 10 minutes. Anyone who doesn’t want to walk less than a mile can simply hop on the People Mover.

About Wayne State University

The beginnings of what would eventually become Wayne State University occurred in 1868 when a group of Civil War doctors formed an institution of higher learning for the teaching of medicine called Detroit Medical College. As the years passed, the school added other branches of learning to its curriculum, including:

•1881, a normal school

•1917, a junior college

•1924, a pharmacological college

•1933, a liberal arts college

The year 1933 was significant, too, because of the actions of the City of Detroit, which united all of the university’s various colleges under one banner through municipal legislation. The single entity has added other departments, including fine and performing arts, engineering, public affairs and social work, and others. In 1956, the institution adopted the name Wayne State University. Today, nearly 30,000 students attend classes both on campus and online.

Wayne State University Accreditation Details

As with many of the top schools in the country, Wayne State University has earned the accreditation of The Higher Learning Commission. It is a prestigious affirmation of the quality of the education offered and must be renewed every 10 years. The programs at Wayne State University have consistently achieved the accreditation of The Higher Learning Commission since 1915. In addition to this accreditation, the university has also earned accreditations from the following:

•Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

•Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education

•Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

•American Bar Association

•American Board of Funeral Service Education

•American Occupational Therapy Association

•American Physical Therapy Association

•American Psychological Association

•American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

•Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

•Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs

•Council on Education for Public Health

•Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

•Liaison Committee on Medical Education

•National Association of Schools of Dance

•National Association of Schools of Music

•National Association of Schools of Theatre

•Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

•Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs

•Network of Schools of Public Policy

•National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences

•Council on Rehabilitation Education

•Council on Social Work Education Office of Social work Accreditation

•Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant

•American Library Association


•The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

•Planning Accreditation Board

Wayne State University Application Requirements

The application fee for graduate programs at Wayne State University is $50. It is waived for Wayne State University graduates. Graduate applicants must also hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and have achieved a 2.75 GPA during that time in their upper-division coursework.

Graduate applicants, by and large, do not have to complete the Graduate Record Examination, but certain departments at the university do require that test. The sports management department does not, at this time, require it.

Applicants must have each attended institution submit their full academic transcripts and degrees earned to the admissions office. Student-issued transcripts or copies of PDF transcript files will not be accepted. Students should check with admissions to ensure they send the right transcripts, which will avoid delays.

Tuition and Financial Aid

In-state tuition for undergraduate students for the 2018-2019 academic year is $14,293. Out-of-state tuition is $30,776. Room and board and fees come to $12,855. Graduate tuition for the same year is $17,851 for in-state students and $36,448 for out-of-state students. Room-and-board costs for graduate students is the same, although online students don’t usually live on campus. Wayne State University has a Good Neighbor policy for Canadian students and for students from certain counties in Ohio whereby the out-of-state portion of the tuition is waived.

Students wishing to pursue financial aid should begin with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. This is an all-encompassing application that assesses each student’s eligibility for the different types of aid. In most cases, tax returns for the student are required as are tax forms for undergraduate students who might still be dependents on their parents’ tax forms.

In addition to any loans, there are grants, scholarships, and other forms of aid available. These forms of aid have their own requirements, processes, and qualifications, and students should investigate those fully when considering how to pay for their studies. Loans must be repaid. Grants and scholarships do not require repayment. The Wayne State University website provides a link that directs applicants to some available scholarships.

All students, whether graduate or undergraduate, must maintain a standard of performance to continue their eligibility for financial aid. Falling below that standard could result in the suspension or even revocation any awarded aid. Even certain grants and scholarships might be affected because of poor academic performance.

Wayne State University has given American students and students from around the world nationally ranked education for 150 years.