Top Management Degrees Ranks Southeast Online MBA Program in Sports Management 7th Nationally


BS-ManagementCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 8, 2015 – has ranked Southeast Missouri State University’s online Master of Business Administration, sport management option, as the seventh best sports management master’s degree program nationally.

The list displays the 25 best schools offering online master’s degrees in sport management.

“It is always gratifying to have external validation of the high quality of the business programs offered by the Harrison College of Business,” said Dr. Gerald McDougall, dean of the Donald L. Harrison College of Business and professor of economics and finance at Southeast. “Harrison business faculty members are committed to offering affordable and accessible high quality programs that prepare graduates for success in an increasingly competitive business environment. The recognition by reflects this commitment.”’s business education rankings are designed to help prospective students make a smart choice about where to invest their time and money in earning their degree.  Schools were ranked based on faculty credentials, student services and engagement, admissions selectivity, course delivery technology, student satisfaction and tuition costs. The data was derived from the most recent and publicly available sources, including U.S. News & World Report and The National Center for Education and Statistics.

“We are committed to connecting people to inspiring ideas and high quality educational opportunities,” said Tammie Cagle, editor of Top Management Degrees. “We are confident that students will find both at Southeast Missouri State University.”

According to Dr. Beth Easter, program director and associate professor of sport management at Southeast, the sport management program’s dual accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International and the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation attests to the quality of the program and its commitment to student learning.

“Former students have gone on to careers in intercollegiate athletics, professional sports and business,” said Easter.

The program prepares students interested in the sport management dimensions of business.

According to Dr. Joe Pujol, chair of the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation and professor of exercise science at Southeast, the option in sport management is well constructed.

“The faculty members teaching the sport management courses are tremendous. A lot of effort went into determining the content that would go into the MBA option. No other accredited MBA in sport management is structured like the one at Southeast. Dr. Beth Easter has done a wonderful job of managing this program,” said Pujol.

Dr. Allen Gathman, associate dean for Online Learning, mentioned that the ranking reflects Southeast’s ongoing efforts to provide affordable, high quality online programs.  “Like all of our online degrees, the MBA sports management option meets the same high standards as any of our face-to-face programs.  Furthermore, this ranking offers some validation of the robust delivery system we provide for our online offerings, with 24/7 tech support for students and ongoing training and development opportunities for faculty using technology in their teaching.”