Master of Sports Leadership

Program Format
Online|Boston Residency Requirement|
Entry Terms
Fall: September 16, 2019, and October 28, 2019
Winter: January 6, 2020, and February 18, 2020
Credits Required for Graduation
45 Quarter Hours


Designed for mid-career athletic administrators, coaches, and individuals seeking careers in the sports industry, the Master of Sports Leadership is a practice-oriented graduate degree examining the social and business issues that are critical to sports.

The program’s curriculum, developed in collaboration with Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society, focuses on areas such as leadership, law, media relations, management, and the role of society as they relate to sports. In addition, elective courses within the Master of Sports Leadership cover a range of topics, from fundraising and event management to corporate sponsorships and sports marketing. The program culminates with a graduate project or internship, providing you with practical experience you may apply to your current or future professional career.

Program Objectives

  • 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

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