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MA Sports Leadership Program Overview

Concordia MA Sports Leadership Program

Make Your Next Move Count. Get Your Masters In Sports Leadership

Most people confuse what it means to be a leader, incorrectly assuming the loudest, most visible person in their environment must be the correct individual to follow.

That is an overly simplistic view of leadership. Being the most vocal member of a crowd does not earn you the title of leader, in fact these yard barkers are rarely the true change agents in an organization.

Leaders know how to grow the people around them by setting goals, crafting expectations, creating strategic plans, building teams and empowering others to make decisions.

The MA in Sports Leadership program at Concordia University, in conjunction with Sports Management Worldwide, teaches the fundamentals of leadership and develops graduates ready to step to the front of any sports business. Our program is affordable, often less than 1/3 of the price of other sports management programs, and completely online, allowing you to keep your day job while you work towards your future.

The art of being a leader is in the ability to get a group of people to stretch beyond their current capabilities. As a student in our Masters in Sports Leadership program we will help you stretch beyond your current abilities, so you can help others do the same.

Our Masters in Sports Leadership program will prepare you for leadership positions within professional and intercollegiate sports organizations, intramural sports and recreation programs at secondary schools, and amateur athletic organizations.

This degree is a 33 credit program, with 15 credits of required courses and 18 credits of sports electives. Depending on your elective choices, you can learn the skills necessary to thrive in sports agency, marketing, media relations, finance, promotion, player personnel, team resource assessment, organizational leadership and more.


Masters in Sports Leadership Program Features

  • All courses are 100% online, no campus visit required
  • 33 credits required for completion, comprised of 11, 8-week courses
  • MA Sports Leadership Program begins three times annually: fall, spring, summer
  • Affordable tuition is guaranteed throughout the entire program
  • Small cohort/class sizes, 10-18 students
  • Regionally accredited institution qualified to offer federal financial aid to students
  • $460 per credit hour
  • Program is in partnership with Sports Management Worldwide, a leading institution for sports management education offering 25 online courses and 4 degree programs.

Masters in Sports Leadership Admissions Requirements

  • A conferred bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent non-U. S. degree.
  • To be considered for Full Admission, candidates will present a cumulative grade point average above 2.85 or will have earned a master’s degree with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  • To be considered for Provisional Admission candidates will present credentials that generally satisfy full admission requirements, but need to satisfy additional admission requirements such as special program prerequisites. All admission requirements must be satisfied by the end of the candidate’s first semester of enrollment to continue in the program. Provisional Admission is only available to US residents and citizens.
  • To be considered for Probationary Admission, one or more of the following special conditions may exist: 1) a cumulative GPA between 2.25 and 2.84 (on a 4.0 scale); 2) holding a master’s degree with a cumulative GPA below 3.0; and/or 3) credentials/documents that raise cause for reservation for admission. Students admitted on probationary status must earn a 3.0 GPA in graduate course work within their first semester of enrollment to continue in the program.

Required Documentation for the Masters in Sports Leadership Program

  • Application for admission: Apply online
  • Objective Statement: Provide information on your future educational goals and/or objectives and their relationship to pursuing graduate work at Concordia University Chicago.
  • Transcripts: Provide one official, sealed transcript from each institution through which a degree was earned.
  • International Transcripts: Any foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a Concordia-approved international credentialing service, such as WES (World Education Services) or ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators).
  • Two letters of recommendation. Letters should be from individuals able to comment on the applicant’s academic proficiency, personal character and competence and effectiveness in professional work.
  • All documents should be submitted to:
    Concordia University Chicago
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    Addison Hall, 158
    7400 Augusta Street
    River Forest, Illinois 60305-1499
  • Application documents for the MA Sports Leadership program may also be emailed to CUC@smww.com or faxed to (708) 209-3454.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

calendarNext Start Date: October 22, 2018

timeCourse Length: 8 weeks

computerDelivery Format: 100% Online

application Deadline: October 8, 2018

MA Sports Leadership Curriculum
Required Core Courses 12 Credit Hours

Course Number Course Title Credits
SPML 6090
Sports Administration
This course seeks to answer the question, which occupations benefit from a
Masters in Sports Leadership? Emphasis on practical application of concepts,
principles and practices between sports organizations and community
associations and the role of sport leader and administrator.
3
SPML 6130
Social and Historical Foundations of Sport
Examines the social, political, cultural, philosophical, psychological, historical and practical aspects of sport history and evolution. Role of sport in contemporary society nationally and internationally.
3
SPML 6030
Sports Leadership and Ethics
A Masters in Sports Leadership requires expert level understanding of Leadership and ethical practices in business decision making in the field of sports management. This course will prepare students to make, and explain ethical decisions in the field of sports management.
3
SPML 6140
Research in Sports
A leadership role in the sports industry requires a basic understanding of ongoing research. This course explores and examines the different methodological approaches to researching contemporary issues in sports; research design and reporting; bibliography.
3
Sports Leadership Specialization 18 Credit Hours
Course Number Course Title Credits
SPML 6010
Essentials of Law
The law, legal issues and professional ramifications in the field of sports management.
3
SPML 6020
Economics of Sport
Understanding the role of economics in the sports industry is pivotal for anyone holding a sports leadership role. Specifically, economics related to the business of sports, revenue sharing, profit margins and marginal revenue product. Economic theory and the tools of quantitative analysis used in management decision making.
3
SPML 6040
Sports Finance
Fiscal responsibility and financial stewardship in the field of sports management.
3
SPML 6070
Sports Promotion
Explore and examine the relationship between the mass media and the sports industry. Topics include sports broadcasting, print media and the development of public relation tools such as media guides and press releases, effective principles, theories, practices and methods involved with all aspects of sports communications.
3
SPML 6050
Leading in Time of Change
Change theory, change processes, change agency in the field of sports leadership and management.
3
SPML 6060
Diversity in Sports
Managers require understanding in diversity. The MA in Sports Management graduate degree gives a deeper understanding of diversity in the field of sports in general and specifically in relationship to gender, race and various cultures.
3
Capstone Experience 3 Credit Hours
Course Number Course Title Credits
SPML 6100
Sports Leadership Capstone
Students propose, develop and write a master’s project demonstrating research skills and understanding of sports leadership.
3

PROGRAM INFORMATION

calendarNext Start Date: October 22, 2018

timeCourse Length: 8 weeks

computerDelivery Format: 100% Online

applicationApplication Deadline: October 8, 2018

MA Sports Leadership Faculty
 

Dr. Lynn Lashbrook

Learn From Active Sports Industry Leaders

The faculty at Concordia University Chicago is comprised of active participants of the sports industry, hard at work in the fields they teach.

Our online program gives our faculty the flexibility to maintain an active role in the industry, while bringing their knowledge and experience direct to our students.

At Concordia University, we recognize a top-flight education is only possible with best-in-class instructors who have real world experience. You deserve the best, which is why we recruit passionate and active instructors for all our degree programs.

We are committed to helping you achieve your academic and professional goals. That commitment to you doesn't end after graduation, our faculty is dedicated to your long-term success in sports business.

Lynn Lashbrook, EdD
EDUCATION:
EdD, Kinesiology. University of Northern Colorado
MEd, Health and Physical Education. Springfield College
BS, Health and Physical Education. Fort Hays State University
Donna Blaess, PhD
EDUCATION:
PhD, Educational Psychology. University of Iowa
MA, Guidance and Counseling. University of South Florida
BA, English and History. University of Tampa
Paul Bucchi, PhD
EDUCATION:
PhD, Business Administration with Electronic Commerce Specialization. Northcentral University
MBA, Management Information Systems Specialization. Northcentral University
BS, Advertising and Marketing Specialization. University of Florida
Kathryn Hollywood, PhD
EDUCATION:
PhD, Administration & Supervision, Concentration in Church Organizational Leadership. Fordham University
Professional Diploma, Pastoral Counseling. Fordham University
MA, Theology. St. John’s University
MA, Clinical Psychology. St. John’s University
BA, Psychology. St. John’s University
Juan Vives, PhD, EdD
EDUCATION:
PhD, Organizational Leadership Concordia University Chicago, Organizational Leadership
EdD, Educational Leadership Northcentral University, Educational Leadership
MEd, School Supervision and Administration Bank Street College of Education
MS, Reading, State University of New York at Albany
BA, State University of New York at Albany
Sharon Beverly, PhD
EDUCATION:
PhD Leadership in Higher Education
MS Education, Queens College
BA Physical Education
Sandra Svoboda, EdD
EDUCATION:
EdD Educational Leadership, Northcentral University
MA Educational Policy and Leadership, The Ohio State University
BGS, Literature, Science and Art, The University of Michigan
Michael Heifferon, PhD
EDUCATION:
PhD — Motor Learning/Orthopedic Sports Medicine, The University of Toledo
MS – Strength Training and Athletic Conditioning, The Ohio State University
MBA — Healthcare Administration, Baker College, Flint Michigan, MI
BA – Physical Education, The Ohio State University 

 

BIO:
A native of Rochester New York, Michael Heifferon completed his Bachelor of Education and Master of Science at The Ohio State University. He earned his Doctorate of Science from The University of Toledo and Masters in Business Administration from Baker College. Over the past 29 years as an athletic trainer, Michael has worked with the New York Yankees, The Ohio State University, The United States Olympic Committee and United States Anti-Doping Agency. Additionally, during that period of time Michael was selected to participate as a Doping Control Officer for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games and the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
Additionally, from 1992 until present Michael has remained a health care administrator with a career in strengthening and leading all areas of operations within ambulatory, orthopedic, primary care, occupational, pain management and sports medicine practices. His diverse healthcare management experience includes achieving bottom line objectives, improving organization communication, and negotiator with success in securing advantageous contracts with strategic business partners, professional staff, insurance providers, and vendors. Other areas of interest and strengths include marketing, financial budgets, joint ventures, benchmarking and strategic planning and implementation.

Melvin Landry, Jr., MBA
EDUCATION:
MBA, Marketing, University of New Orleans
MS, Agricultural Economics
BS, Agricultural Economics

PROGRAM INFORMATION

calendarNext Start Date: October 22, 2018

timeCourse Length: 8 weeks

computerDelivery Format: 100% Online

applicationApplication Deadline: October 8, 2018

MA Sports Leadership Tuition & Fees
Our tuition is reasonable and will not change over time.

In business, we often use the term ROI (Return On Investment), to quantify the impact of a purchase or expenditure. ROI is an applicable term here because your education is exactly the type of investment that you want to see a high return on!

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2011, the median amount earned for adults ages 25-34 working full-time, year-round, with a master's degree or higher was $59,200, compared to just $44,970 for individuals with a bachelor's degree.

That's a good start, but let's take this equation one step further.

To acquire a master's degree, and that aforementioned higher salary, requires a monetary investment that on average is between $1,000-$7,000 per credit hour. But at Concordia University, our master's program is just $460 per credit hour – a huge savings! As an accredited university, federal financial aid is also available for those in need.

A master's degree will help you make more money in your career, and a masters at Concordia University is more affordable than the national average…now that is a positive ROI!

(Congrats on completing your first business lesson!)

MA Sports Leadership Cost
Tuition (Per Credit Hour) $460
Technology Fee (Per Credit Hour) $15
Books (Approximate) $800
TOTAL $15815

PROGRAM INFORMATION

calendar Start Date: October 22, 2018

timeCourse Length: 8 weeks

computerDelivery Format: 100% Online

applicationApplication Deadline: October 8, 2018

What Can You Do With a Master's in Sports Leadership?
The Sports Industry Needs More Business Leaders – You Can Fill That Need

Every organization – from sports networks to professional teams – thrives when they have strong executive leadership. The leaders at the top of an organization help form the culture and environment that either propels a business forward or leads to its demise.

Our Master in Sports Leadership program teaches the essential skills to develop and lead an organization into the future, functioning at their most efficient. The program’s foundation is in sports leadership, research and administration while offering elective courses covering sports finance, sports promotion, sports facility and event management, sports law and more.

Our Master’s in Sports Leadership program is an asset to anyone aspiring to work in:

  • Player Personnel
  • Sports Analytics
  • Operations
  • Media, PR, and Communications
  • Community Relations
  • Front Office Management
  • Sports Marketing
  • Sports Agency
  • Athletic Administration
  • Sports Information
  • Compliance
  • Game Day Operations
  • NCAA Academic Advising
  • Ticket Operations
  • Fund raising and Development
  • Coaching
  • Sports Management Education
  • Fan & Event Management
  • Scouting
  • …and more

Our Master in Sports Leadership program will open doors for your sports career – make your move today, invest in yourself!

PROGRAM INFORMATION

calendarNext Start Date: October 22, 2018

timeCourse Length: 8 weeks

computerDelivery Format: 100% Online

applicationApplication Deadline: October 8, 2018

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