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Master of Arts in Sports Leadership

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

The Master of Arts in Sports Leadership (MSPT) program is 36 credit hours (12 courses):

  • Core set of five courses that includes a capstone focused on leadership fundamentals.
  • Five trending sports leadership courses. These courses will cover promotion, marketing, public relations, event and fiscal management, and law and policy while concurrently practicing the skills to effectively manage athletic programs and teams within the sports industry.
  • Two elective courses that continue to build leadership skills.

Courses are offered in asynchronous, seven-week sessions allowing you to learn on your own schedule. Take one course every session and complete your degree in two years.

Degree Requirements

Core Courses

Sport Leadership Courses

Elective Courses

Two of the following:

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.