Sport Administration
Learn the business of sport! Connect with industry professionals. Two industry placements will give you a head start in your career.

General information

Program code
4 Semesters (2 Years)
Ontario College Diploma
Work integrated learning
2 Field Placements

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2021 Barrie
Winter 2022 Barrie

Program description

Students develop the knowledge, skills and experience to succeed within the sport industry. The fundamentals of business administration are introduced through courses in accounting, marketing, technology, research, and entrepreneurship. Operations in sport organizations are explored through curriculum in fundraising, sponsorship, program planning, leagues, tournament organizing and scheduling, fitness, outdoor recreation and facilities. In addition to the theoretical components of the program, practical experience is obtained through community leadership opportunities and field placements.

Experiential learning opportunities

two men's sports team standing and facing each other at the centre field

Sport Administration student showcase

Jessica Stockdale, Sport Administration student at Georgian College

Meet Jessica Stockdale, second-year Sport Administration student at Georgian.

Jessica is the appearance manager for Angela James, first female hockey player inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Jessica co-ordinated Angela’s participation in Canada’s NICE/Explore Canada initiative.

Jessica is also a member of the Georgian Grizzlies women’s varsity basketball team.

Brad Nagle, Sport Administration student at Georgian College

Brad Nagle is in his second year of Georgian's Sport Administration program.

He recently completed his field placement with 4Hundred Source for Sports, a sporting goods store in Barrie, and was then hired onto their team!

Brad plans to attend university once he graduates from Georgian.

Brad is also a member of the Georgian Grizzlies men’s volleyball team

Career opportunities

Graduates of this program may be eligible for entry-level positions within amateur athletic associations, professional sport organizations, sport governing bodies, regional, provincial, national and international sport competitions, municipal parks and recreation departments, college and university athletic centres, varsity and intramural programs, community facilities, resorts, private and commercial clubs, event companies, outdoor adventure centres, sport retailers, equipment manufacturers, sport related charities and foundations.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • any Grade 111 or 12 Mathematics (C,M or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector Check

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student's responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: A record of criminal offences, for which a pardon has not been granted, may prevent students from completing their placements, thereby affecting their ability to graduate.

Admission details

Students are required to have Standard First Aid and CPR on admission to the program (on-line courses are not acceptable). It is the student's responsibility to renew their Standard First Aid and CPR certification annually while in the program. Students are asked to submit a copy of their current Standard First Aid and CPR certificate to the coordinator of the program.


Program-specific Courses

  • COMP 1058 - Technology in Administration
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • RECR 1001 - Program Planning
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • REAS 2003 - Research in Recreation and Sport
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • SPRT 1000 - Introduction to Sport Administration
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • ACCT 1013 - Accounting Fundamentals
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • FITN 1002 - Fitness and Wellness
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • MKTG 1000 - Introduction to Marketing
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • RECR 1002 - Event Planning
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • SPRT 1001 - Sport Organizations in Canada
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • SPRT 2000 - Sport Fundraising and Sponsorship
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • SPRT 2001 - Leagues and Tournaments
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • RECR 2003 - Administration Practices
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • RECR 2005 - Facility Operations
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • SPRT 2002 - Field Placement 1
    (Semester 3 / 60 hours)
  • ENTR 2009 - Entrepreneurship and Small Business
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • RECR 2001 - Outdoor Recreation and Environmental Sustainability
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • RECR 2004 - Trends and Opportunities in Sport
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • TOUR 2014 - Sports Tourism
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • SPRT 2003 - Field Placement 2
    (Semester 4 / 120 hours)

Communications courses

  • Select 1 course from the Communications list during registration
    (Semester 1)
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
    (Semester 2)

General education courses

  • Select 1 course from the General Education list during registration
    (Semester 1)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 3)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 4)