Northwestern Qatar graduates first student with MA

May 04, 2021

Ghaida Almarwani is the first graduate student from Northwestern Qatar. Almarwani graduates this year with a Master of Arts in Sports Administration through a program offered in partnership with Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies. 

Designed to educate the next generation of media professionals and leaders in the sports industry, the program’s curriculum includes core courses on operations, marketing, and sponsorship in sports. Additionally, students enroll in a four-course program on Global Sport Communication which allows them to specialize in communication, marketing, and promotional roles in the global sports industry.

Commenting on her experience as part of the program’s inaugural class, Almarwani said, “The program prepares students with the professional skills and knowledge to thrive in a range of careers in the sports industry. With courses that range from sports finance and budgeting to marketing, and social issues to technology, I am confident that with this degree I will be an asset to any organization in the sports industry.” 

The courses are delivered by faculty with extensive professional and scholarly expertise in the field of sports and sports management. Students can enroll in an array of courses that include sports research methods; legal and ethical issues; the technology of sports; and global sports communication. 

“The program prepares students with the professional skills and knowledge to thrive in a range of careers in the sports industry.”
- Ghaida Almarwani

Students in the program participate in workshops and get hands-on experience working with the media and new technology. “During some of the elective courses, I was able to be part of a press conference, design my own website, draw a mock-up on my own mobile app, and plan a campaign from start to finish,” Almarwani said.

For more information on the MSA, click here.