The MSA course is designed for individuals who have higher education qualifications, leadership qualities and an ambition to develop their professional expertise and make an outstanding career in sports administration.
The main objective of the programme is to produce a new generation of effective sports managers with both strategic and operational skills.
The MSA course was developed in cooperation with acclaimed university professors and sport management practitioners from across the world and obtained a license from the Federal Education and Science Supervision Agency (license No.1734 of December 18, 2012).
In 2017 the influential British "SportBusiness International" magazine has ranked the MSA course second among all European postgraduate sports courses and the tenth best course in the world in its 2017 Postgraduate Sports Course Rankings - the only comprehensive guide to university sports management courses.
- international faculty including 19 world-class experts from 10 countries;
- location in the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics;
- integration of theoretical knowledge with practical experience in managing Olympic venues;
- opportunities for practical application of skills at the Olympic venues;
- an international group of students;
- a unique combination of winter and summer Olympic sports.
The course is based on the rich diversity of the Olympic legacy transformed into an original and innovative educational product. Students study both general and sport specific management subjects including the international business environment, sports diplomacy, economic theory, strategic management, marketing, finance and legal regulation within the sports industry. They also learn how political institutions (governments and other public authorities) work in the sports sector.
Professional management skills are polished and developed through studying sports logistics, project management, risk management, event organisation, negotiating techniques, and other subjects.
The curriculum utilizes a wide range of modern educational technologies: lectures and seminars, consultations, workshops, case studies, interactive classes, cascade training, practical application, master classes by sports celebrities, and research projects.
The programme culminates in a graduate qualification paper (thesis).
Language of instruction: English