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MBA in Sports Leadership Program Overview

Concordia MA Sports Leadership Program

Getting Your Master's Will Make a Difference in Your Sports Career

The sports industry is a competitive field, with hundreds of resumes flooding employers every time they post a new opportunity. Getting hired for the job you want, instead of just the job you need, can be a frustrating experience.

Concordia University Chicago in conjunction with Sports Management Worldwide, has designed an MBA program with a specialization in sports leadership, the ideal degree for someone who wants to reach the highest peaks of the sports industry.

Our MBA program with a specialization in sports leadership is as ambitious as you are:

  • Our courses are all online, allowing you to continue working while you learn
  • Courses include audio chats with sports and business mentors
  • All faculty are experienced practitioners, bringing expertise to the classroom

The MBA program we’ve created has a strong backbone in advanced business management while offering specialized sports courses covering topics like Sports Finance, Economics of Sports, Sports Law Essentials and more.

This degree is a 48 credit program.


MBA in Sports Leadership Program Features

  • All courses are 100% online, no campus visit required
  • 48 credits required for completion
  • 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
  • $710 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.

MBA 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 MBA 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: May 6, 2019

timeCourse Length: 8 weeks

computerDelivery Format: 100% Online

application Deadline: May 1, 2019

MBA Sports Leadership Curriculum

Summer 2018
1st (8 weeks) MBAC6000 Managing & Leading Effective Organizations   ONLINE
MBAC6100 Global Marketing in the Digital Era   ONLINE
EDU6015 Seminar in Higher Education* TBD TBD
2nd (8 weeks) MBAC6050 Ethics, Law & Communication in Decision Making ONLINE
MBAC6150 Organizational Behavior ONLINE
Fall 2018
1st (8 weeks) MBAC6200 Economics for Managers ONLINE
MBAC6300 Accounting for Decision Making ONLINE
2nd (8 weeks) MBAC6250 Strategy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship ONLINE
MBAC6350 Managing Human Capital ONLINE
Spring 2019
1st (8 weeks) MBAC6400 Statistics Applied to Managerial Problems ONLINE
MBAC6500 Global Management ONLINE
2nd (8 weeks) MBAC6450 Financial Management ONLINE
MBAC6990 Capstone Course ONLINE
Each course is 3 credit hours unless otherwise noted.
Degrees are conferred in December* and May. *for Summer and Fall completion

*International students pursuing a Master’s degree at Concordia University Chicago are required to take the Seminar in Higher Education in addition to the courses required for their degree program. The Seminar is a 3-credit course taken during the student’s first semester as an enrolled student. This course will serve as an introduction to the U.S. based higher education learning environment. Students will work to develop academic language, graduate level study skills and gain essential support with cultural & institutional acclimatization.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

calendarNext Start Date: May 6, 2019

timeCourse Length: 8 weeks

computerDelivery Format: 100% Online

applicationApplication Deadline: May 1, 2019

MBA 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: May 6, 2019

timeCourse Length: 8 weeks

computerDelivery Format: 100% Online

applicationApplication Deadline: May 1, 2019

MBA 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 $710 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!)

MBA Sports Leadership Cost
Tuition (Per Credit Hour) $710
Technology Fee (Per Credit Hour) $15
Books (Approximate) $800
TOTAL $34,080

PROGRAM INFORMATION

calendar Start Date: May 6, 2019

timeCourse Length: 8 weeks

computerDelivery Format: 100% Online

applicationApplication Deadline: May 1, 2019

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

With over 15,000 graduates from over 162 countries, SMWW has graduates actively working in every major league around the globe. By enrolling in the MBA with sports leadership specialization degree program, you become a part of this vast network.

We develop well-rounded students, with a wide range of careers they can pursue after graduation including:

  • Player Personnel
  • Sports Analytics
  • Operations
  • Media, PR, and Communications
  • Community Relations
  • Front Office Management
  • Sports Marketing
  • Sports Agent
  • Athletic Director
  • Sports Information Director
  • Compliance Officer
  • Game Day Operations Director
  • NCAA Academic Advisor
  • Director of Ticket Operations
  • Director of Fundraising and Development
  • Coach
  • Professor of Sports Management
  • Fan & Event Management
  • Scout

Combining SMWW Sports Leadership Specialization courses with Concordia’s MBA program will give you the skills and knowledge to jumpstart your career in sports.

Whether you just want to further your career or you are interested in a dynamic sports career in collegiate or professional sports you will love our MBA with sports leadership specialization degree program.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

calendarNext Start Date: May 6, 2019

timeCourse Length: 8 weeks

computerDelivery Format: 100% Online

applicationApplication Deadline: May 1, 2019

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