MA Sports Leadership Program Overview

Concordia MA Sports Leadership Program

Make Your Next Move Count. Get Your Master’s 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 Chicago, 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 Master's in Sports Leadership program we will help you stretch beyond your current abilities, so you can help others do the same.

Our Master's 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.


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

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 U.S 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

  • 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 Chicago-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 grad.admission@CUChicago.edu or faxed to (708) 209-3454.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

calendarNext Start Date: August 26, 2019

timeCourse Length: 8 weeks

computerDelivery Format: 100% Online

application Deadline: August 16, 2019

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: August 26, 2019

timeCourse Length: 8 weeks

computerDelivery Format: 100% Online

applicationApplication Deadline: August 16, 2019

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: August 26, 2019

timeCourse Length: 8 weeks

computerDelivery Format: 100% Online

applicationApplication Deadline: August 16, 2019

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: August 26, 2019

timeCourse Length: 8 weeks

computerDelivery Format: 100% Online

applicationApplication Deadline: August 16, 2019

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