Sport Leadership prepares you to apply business, coaching and physical education principles to effectively manage athletic programs and teams, fitness/rehabilitation facilities and health clubs, and sport recreation services.

School of Education & Health Sciences

Master of Arts in Sports Leadership

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Why Pursue a Master of Arts in Sports Leadership at North Central College?

A master's degree in Sport Leadership prepares students to apply business, coaching, sportsmanship, and physical education exercise science principles to effectively manage athletic programs and teams, fitness/rehabilitation facilities and health clubs, sport recreation services, sports administration, sports marketing, sports management, and other related services to leadership positions within the sports industry.

Graduate Degree Program Features

  • 100% Online Curriculum - flexible courses designed to fit busy schedules 
  • Comprehensive Curriculum - a strong curriculum that looks to the future by offering courses in trending sports leadership topics, such as Sport Promotion, Marketing and Public RelationsFinancial Models in Sport, and Management of Facilities and Events.

Student Learning Outcomes 

  • Correlate principles of leadership with knowledge of sport and the sport industry in order to advance organizational strategic initiatives.
  • Articulate and apply principles of financial and facilities management, marketing, and human resource management in the leadership of a sport organization.
  • Articulate and apply theories of motivation, leadership and talent development.
  • Apply principles of conflict resolution and collaboration in their organizations and teams.
  • Apply ethical and legal principles and evidence-based decision making to solve dilemmas.
  • Demonstrate understanding of diversity, equity and cultural difference, and be able to utilize techniques to interrupt bias and create a culture of inclusion.

Master of Arts in Sports Leadership Curriculum

All courses are offered in fully online formats and are delivered in mini sessions. The program consists of 12 courses, 36 credit hours.

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Degree Requirements

A minimum of 36 credit hours: 15 credit hours of core courses, 15 credit hours in Sport Leadership courses and six credit hours of electives.

Core Courses

  • MORG 500 - Leadership and Organizational Theory

    MORG 500 - Leadership and Organizational Theory

    3.00 credit hours

    Students examine a variety of traditional and contemporary leadership theories and apply them to the behavior of business leaders, entrepreneurs and publicly known leaders. They examine power and explore the importance of ethical leadership while learning how to craft a compelling vision, create transformational change and develop followers. Organizational and systems theories are explored to help ensure students know how to build and create cultures that advance learning, growth and success.

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  • MORG 525 - Diversity and Inclusion

    MORG 525 - Diversity and Inclusion

    3.00 credit hours

    In this course, students enhance their cultural competency and learn to develop a global mindset. They begin to unravel how to identify and tackle conscious and unconscious bias and learn how to create an inclusive culture that engages and promotes people of different identities, backgrounds and worldviews. The ethical components of diversity programs are considered, with particular emphasis on recent trends in diversity and inclusion programs. Topics for study include gender, racial and ethnic diversity, as well as generational, religious, educational and socioeconomic diversity.

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  • MORG 550 - Communication, Group Dynamics and Conflict Resolution

    MORG 550 - Communication, Group Dynamics and Conflict Resolution

    3.00 credit hours

    Students learn key elements of group dynamics and strategic communication. They discover their own conflict style and develop tools to lead strong teams and solve conflict. Case studies and real-world examples are analyzed to help the student unravel how to approach conflict, engage in meaningful dialogue and successfully negotiate resolution.

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  • MORG 575 - Evidence Based Decision-Making

    MORG 575 - Evidence Based Decision-Making

    3.00 credit hours

    Students learn how to find, use and evaluate data and information to make informed decisions. They analyze information from a variety of places, including organizational information, scientific data, publications, research and professional judgment, and apply reliable evidence to a variety decision-making models.

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  • MORG 696 - Innovation Project

    MORG 696 - Innovation Project

    3.00 credit hours

    This semester long course serves as a culminating experience in which students are expected to apply knowledge and insights gained from their graduate courses to an innovation project in an organization. Students must ground this project in evidence and research that demonstrates the need, purpose and goals of the initiative.

    Prerequisite(s)

    27 credit hours in graduate coursework and MORG 575.

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Sport Leadership Courses

  • MSPT 603 - Legal and Ethical Aspects of Sport

    MSPT 603 - Legal and Ethical Aspects of Sport

    3.00 credit hours

    Students gain a foundational background of the legal system. Topics include constitutional law, contract law, tort law, risk management, product liability, administrative and statutory law, Title IX and gender discrimination, drug testing and legal aspects of amateurism as these pertain to all areas of regulation in sport. Ethical dimensions of organizational leadership, including the role of ethics in sport, fair play/gamesmanship, sportsmanship, sport enhancement, gender equity, dis/ability and commercial exploitation be discussed. Connections between theory and real-world scenarios are made.

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  • MSPT 606 - Sport Promotion, Marketing and Public Relations

    MSPT 606 - Sport Promotion, Marketing and Public Relations

    3.00 credit hours

    Students explore marketing practices, procedures and operations utilized at all levels of sport. Focus areas include technologies for developing strategic marketing and practical applications as they pertain to a wide array of sport organizations and the use of analytics including both quantitative and qualitative data to drive key business decisions. Students are provided an introduction to the structure, function, role and effect of the media in the sport industry, including the foundational study of the principles and fundamentals of sports information and media relations.

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  • MSPT 609 - Financial Models in Sport

    MSPT 609 - Financial Models in Sport

    3.00 credit hours

    Topics include budgeting, fundraising, traditional and alternative revenue streams, managing expenses and keys to sound financial decision making. Students are able to develop a conceptual framework for planning, development, management and implementation of fundraising events in sport.

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  • MSPT 612 - Management of Facilities and Events

    MSPT 612 - Management of Facilities and Events

    3.00 credit hours

    Students develop the leadership required to implement best practices in the development and management of sport and recreational venues and events. Topics include facility design, planning, safety concerns, maintenance and scheduling.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MSPT 606 and MSPT 609.

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  • MHRM 515 - Strategic Human Resource Management

    MHRM 515 - Strategic Human Resource Management

    3.00 credit hours

    The course examines the role of human resource professionals as a strategic partner to organizational success. Key activities are examined including recruitment, selection, training, development, job analysis, job design, compensation, benefits, performance management and employee relations. Best practices of employers of choice are analyzed.

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Elective Courses

Two of the following:

  • MBUS 500 - Data Analytics for Managers

    MBUS 500 - Data Analytics for Managers

    3.00 credit hours

    This course develops analytical skills for business professionals as it pertains to data analysis, interpretation and presentation. The course relies on real-world data to develop competencies in the approach and tools necessary to analyze data. Students gain an understanding of how data scientists use data to inform business decisions. Students develop familiarity with various data analysis and presentation programs commonly used by business professionals.

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  • MBUS 606 - Entrepreneurship and New Venture Strategy

    MBUS 606 - Entrepreneurship and New Venture Strategy

    3.00 credit hours

    Entrepreneurship and New Venture Strategy focuses on skills and business strategies necessary for launching a business. Topics include opportunity recognition, new market development, resource allocation, growth strategies, innovation, legal issues, taxation and acquiring seed capital, among others. Each student develops a new venture concept plan to envision, and potentially create and launch, a new business.

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  • MHED 610 - Higher Education Administration

    MHED 610 - Higher Education Administration

    3.00 credit hours

    Students learn about the purpose, structures, functions, issues and concerns within higher education. Emphasis is placed on governance and the structure of leadership in a variety of institutions. Students examine several administrative operations including academic affairs, student affairs, business/financial affairs, enrollment management, athletics, building and grounds, institutional advancement and the presidency.

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  • MHED 620 - Higher Education Past, Present and Future

    MHED 620 - Higher Education Past, Present and Future

    3.00 credit hours

    The history of higher education are examined, including how it has been defined and developed over time, the different types of colleges and universities in the U.S., and what students have learned in college through the years. Students examine how higher education has been affected by events such as the Industrial Revolution, Civil Rights Movement, World War II and globalization, and understand how history and philosophy have shaped higher education in general. They begin to explore the purpose of higher education now and in the future and work to predict the future missions and structures of colleges, universities and higher education institutions.

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  • MHRM 625 - Recruitment and Selection

    MHRM 625 - Recruitment and Selection

    3.00 credit hours

    How organizations go about recruiting and selecting their personnel is a key aspect of human resource management. Choosing whom to employ is an important way in which employers pursue organizational goals. This course provide an understanding of methods and processes surrounding recruitment and selection as well as encourage the development of a critical approach to these important human resource functions.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MHRM 515.

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  • MHRM 645 - Workforce Training and Development

    MHRM 645 - Workforce Training and Development

    3.00 credit hours

    In today's business environment, it is important to understand how best to lead employees through the process of innovation and change. This course explores the concepts of innovation, creativity and change management within organizations through theory and practice. The course explores how organizational leaders must develop an understanding of change processes (including its relationship to organizational culture, strategic management and resistance to change) as well as ways to both utilize and instill innovation in others as an instrument of change.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MHRM 515.

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  • MHRM 655 - Compensation and Benefits

    MHRM 655 - Compensation and Benefits

    3.00 credit hours

    The course examines total compensation strategy and design. Compensation and benefits are central to recruit, retain, incentivize and equitably compensate organizational stakeholders. Critical issues such as employee pay, total reward strategy, team-based pay, competency-based pay, executive compensation, compensation to support talent management and benefits are explored.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MHRM 515.

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  • MORG 600 - High Potential Leadership Coaching

    MORG 600 - High Potential Leadership Coaching

    3.00 credit hours

    Students learn how leaders may use coaching, mentoring, sponsoring and advising to advance organizational objectives. They discover and apply various coaching models, techniques and assessment instruments to real-world coaching scenarios while exploring coaching models such as Appreciative Inquiry, Strength Based Coaching, Career Coaching and more. The ethical considerations of coaching will be examined.

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  • MORG 625 - Assessment, Evaluation and Planning

    MORG 625 - Assessment, Evaluation and Planning

    3.00 credit hours

    This course equips students with a variety of tools and frameworks that can be applied to create meaningful growth and change in an organization. Students examine the process, purpose and methods of needs analysis and explore a variety of assessment and evaluation tools that can be used for professional development plans and organizational change initiatives. Through case studies and real-world application, students learn how to conduct a needs analysis and craft appropriate development goals. They then learn how to evaluate, assess and modify those plans to create optimal success for the organization and its employees. Ethical considerations in needs assessment and evaluation are explored.

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  • MORG 675 - Strategic Leadership and Organizational Design

    MORG 675 - Strategic Leadership and Organizational Design

    3.00 credit hours

    This course equips students with the ability to analyze organizational needs, craft strategic plans and design organizations using a systems theory approach. Through case study and realworld analysis, students are able to uncover critical challenges, strengths and opportunities within a variety of organizations. They create targeted strategic plans and organizational designs and understand how those designs serve the entire organization and its stakeholders.

    Prerequisite(s)

    MORG 625.

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Graduate Online Learning

We pride ourselves on giving personal attention to our graduate students. Our sports leadership program faculty are committed to getting to know their online students and work diligently to foster community within the program. Our online graduate programs are personal but flexible. They are rigorous and challenging, yet supportive and encouraging. Our online students will not only walk away with a meaningful degree but also a community.

Learn more about graduate online learning at North Central College.


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