UCF's DeVos Sport Business Management Graduate Program was ranked as the second-best sports business provider in the world by SportBusiness.

The June issue of the magazine includes the SportBusiness International 2015 Postgraduate Sports Course Rankings, which include the top 25 programs ranked in categories such as class size, student satisfaction, work placement and male-female ratio.

"With more entries and more categories than ever, the 2015 Postgraduate Sports Course Rankings reflect the growing importance and sophistication of sports industry academia," according to SportBusiness.

DeVos offers a program to students that allows them to earn their master's in Sports Business Management and a Master of Business Administration, "focusing on ethics, diversity, leadership and community service," according to its website.

"We work hard to produce great business leaders who not only build the bottom lines of their organizations, but also know how to use the power of sport to improve society," said Richard Lapchick, chair of DeVos.

Lapchick said last year SportBusiness ranked DeVos third in the nation and fifth in the world. He hopes the 13-year-old program will continue to grow and receive support.

"We are honored to have moved up to be No. 2 in the world in the rankings for 2015. We are confident that our great alumni and our current students will help us earn the No. 1 spot in the near future," he said.

UCF came in close behind Ohio University's Masters in Sports Administration, falling short in student satisfaction and graduates employed within three months. Florida Atlantic University was the only other state school to make the list.

Top 10 course providers

1. Ohio University

2. University of Central Florida

3. Columbia University

4. The International Centre for Sports Studies

5. George Washington University

6. Florida Atlantic University


8. Coventry Business School

9. Deakin University

10. Real Madrid Graduate School


Marina Guerges is the Editor-in-Chief at the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @marinaguerges or email her at