Designed to enhance the skills of students at all levels of experience in the industry, the Master of Sports Leadership program prepares you to excel in diverse fields of sports-related occupations.
Duration of Program
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The practice-oriented Master of Sports Leadership is structured to accommodate mid-career athletic administrators and coaches, as well as individuals seeking to prepare for careers in the sports industry. Developed in collaboration with Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society, the Master of Sports Leadership prepares you for a variety of sport-related occupations—whether it’s working with a professional or intercollegiate sports team, with a fitness club or wellness organization, or in marketing, communication, or sports management. Courses within this unique graduate degree examine the social and business issues that are critical to sports leadership. Offered in an online format with an intensive one-week summer institute in Boston, this practice-oriented degree provides you with a well-rounded educational experience—equipping you to advance your career in the sports industry.
Practice-oriented degree offering hands-on experience, internship, and capstone project
Option to take part in integrated experiential learning
Choose from concentrations for a specialized focus on professional or collegiate athletics, analytics, or eSports
Online program provides flexibility for working professionals, and summer residency offers enhanced interactive experience
Identify your leadership styles and strengths and take steps to improve your leadership capacity
Understand what it takes to build highly effective teams
Obtain approaches and techniques for effectively tackling ethical dilemmas
Explore the legal issues related to equipment use, facility management, and accommodation for special populations
Learn how to leverage sports for greater social and economic good
Examine the planning, scheduling, and financial issues associated with running a successful athletics program
Discover how to use sports to foster diversity, prevent violence, and improve the health of local and global communities
The following sport management degree program has been accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA), located in Fort Collins, CO, USA:
Master of Sports Leadership
Northeastern's Master of Sports Leadership was recently inducted into the COSMA Hall of Fame as a Biz Connector for excelling in creating partnerships with professionals in sports.
Already a multi-billion-dollar field, the sports industry is projected to experience faster-than-average growth over the next several years. Located all over the country, sports-related organizations and businesses require a variety of educated and skilled employees to manage day-to-day operations. While knowledge is crucial, success is often contingent upon your willingness to work beyond 9-5—with many sporting events and related activities taking place on nights, weekends, and holidays. The sports industry is exciting—filled with people who are driven by a passion for what they do and who are extremely satisfied with their career choice.
"The Sports Leadership program taught me the value of developing relationships, which is important in every area of athletics."
Michelle K., Program Graduate
"Once I retire from playing sports professionally, I still want to be involved in the industry. This degree will prepare me to have the most options."
A graduate degree or certificate from Northeastern—a top-50 university—can accelerate your career through rigorous academic coursework and hands-on professional experience in the area of your interest. Apply now—and take your career to the next level.
How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.
Statement of purpose (500–1000 words): Identify your educational goals and expectations of the program. Please be aware that Northeastern University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to your statement of purpose.
Unofficial undergraduate transcripts; official transcripts required at the time of admission
Two letters of recommendation from individuals who have either academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities such as a faculty member, colleague, or mentor, preferably one from your current employer
English language proficiency proof. Students for whom English is not their primary language must submit one of the following:
Official associate or bachelor's degree transcript from an accredited college or university in the U.S., stating degree conferral and date
TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Duolingo, or NU Global Exam scores
International out-of-country application complete (start date: January 10, 2022)
November 8, 2021
International in-country application complete (start date: January 10, 2022)
December 13, 2021
Domestic application complete (first half start: January 10, 2022)
December 20, 2021
Domestic application complete (second half start: February 22, 2022)
February 8, 2022
Recommended Admissions Deadline
International out-of-country application complete (start date: April 11, 2022)
February 7, 2022
International in-country application complete (start date: April 11, 2022)
March 14, 2022
Domestic application complete (first half start: April 11, 2022)
March 28, 2022
Domestic application complete (second half start: May 23, 2022)
May 9, 2022
Recommended Admissions Deadline
International out-of-country application complete (start date: July 11, 2022)
May 9, 2022
International in-country application complete (start date: July 11, 2022)
June 13, 2022
Domestic application complete (first half start: July 11, 2022)
June 27, 2022
Domestic application complete (second half start: August 8, 2022)
July 25, 2022
Recommended Admissions Deadline:
International out-of-country application complete (start date: September 19, 2022)
July 18, 2022
International in-country application complete (start date: September 19, 2022)
August 22, 2022
Domestic application complete (first half start: September 19, 2022)
September 6, 2022
Domestic application complete (second half start: October 31, 2022)
October 17, 2022
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Summer Institute Overview
Below is a look at where our Sports Leadership alumni work, the positions they hold, and the skills they bring to their organization.