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PhD Sports Leadership Program Overview
Earn Your Doctorate in Sports Leadership Online

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Take the Next Step in your Sports Career Development

Pursuing your Doctorate in Sports Leadership is a serious endeavor, requiring a deep commitment to your craft and an uncompromising desire to push your knowledge far beyond many of your peers.

But with this commitment comes great challenges.  Mainly, how do you maintain your current career while reaching for advanced knowledge?

This innovative program is completely online allowing you to earn a highly-respected degree from an accredited university, while keeping your day job and continuing to earn while you learn.

Many of our students are actively working in the NFL, NHL, NBA, MLS, MLB and minor leagues as they pursue their doctorate online. These pillars of the sports community aren’t interested in giving up their career to pursue a degree, instead they’ve married both concepts, which allows them to apply their learnings to the workplace in real time.

You can do the same!

In addition to our online curriculum, our online PhD in Sports Leadership is unique because of the connection you’ll build with our faculty.

Our online Doctorate in Sports Leadership is ideal for aspiring sports administration and business professionals seeking preparation for careers in private and public health, professional collegiate and high school sports organizations, sports stadiums and arenas, sports marketing, management and communications firms and much more.

This research heavy sports leadership program requires 67 credit hours for graduation, and includes courses in leadership, sports management, recreation and leisure, research, statistics, ethics and a 9-credit hour dissertation requirement.

Our program is affordable, often less than 1/3 of the price of other doctorate programs, and completely online, allowing you to keep your day job while you work towards your future!

Program Features

  • Program is offered 100% online – no need for on-campus visits
  • Interdisciplinary degree programs
  • Nationally recognized faculty
  • No residency requirement or on site visit required
  • Concordia University Chicago Tuition Guarantee
  • Fall, Spring, and Summer start dates available
  • $711 per credit hour, plus cost of books

Program Admissions Requirements

  • Master's Degree in Health Science, Sports Leadership, or related field with a minimum of 3.0 GPA on 4.0 scale.
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT), there is no minimum score requirement; however, the score is evaluated by the program coordinator during the application process. GRE or MAT must be taken within the past three years.

Required Documentation

  • Application for admission: Apply online.
  • Writing sample that demonstrates your ability to write in a scholarly manner at a level typical of graduate work. A paper from your master's program would be most appropriate. This sample should approach, but not exceed, five pages in length.
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of application, including statement of career goals and research interests.
  • 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
    College of Graduate and Innovative Programs
    Addison Hall, Office 158
    7400 Augusta Street
    River Forest, Illinois 60305-1499
  • Application documents may also be emailed to grad.admission@CUChicago.edu or fax to (708) 209-3454.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

calendarNext Start Date: August 26, 2019

timeCourse Length: 8 weeks

computerDelivery Format: 100% Online

applicationApplication Deadline: August 16, 2019

PhD Sports Leadership Curriculum
Sports Leadership Specialization Courses 30 Credit Hours

Course Number Course Title Credits
SPML 6030
Sports Leadership and Ethics
3
SPML 6090
Sports Administration
This course is designed to emphasize the practical application of concepts, principles, and practices between sports organizations and community associations as it relates to the role of sport leader and administrator. Students will be required to review course materials, participate in discussion forums, and conduct research to acquire a thorough understanding of sports administration principles and theories.
3
LDR 6030
Leadership Theories and Professional Practice
In this course, students explore and examine contemporary and classical leadership theories and their application to a variety of professional settings; students assess and evaluate organization’s leadership platform, policies and professional practices.
3
LDR 7010
Developing Organization's Human Capital
3
LDR 7020
Leading the Knowledge Enterprise
Leading the Knowledge Enterprise is a course that introduces students to the exciting and sometimes hard to define field of knowledge management. The role of the leader is emphasized, especially as it relates to identifying and leveraging the intellectual capital of an organization; promoting and facilitating knowledge sharing and innovation; intellectual assets, knowledge management strategy, knowledge management cycle and knowledge taxonomies.
3
LDR 7030
Promoting and Leading Change
Effective change leadership requires an understanding of the basic principles and practices underlying innovation, change processes and sustainability in organizations. The focus of LDR-7030 is initiating, implementing and ensuring continuation of change as a key leadership challenge. Various change theories and principles are examined with an emphasis on the leader’s role in capacity building, creativity, organizational strengths and style. Participants are encouraged to develop a more situated and experience informed approach to change in the organizational front lines.
3
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LDR 6010
Pursuit of Leadership Excellence
In this course, concepts, skills and strategies for the enhancement of personal and professional leadership are examined. One’s fundamental leadership beliefs and assumptions are explored along with organizational performance and achievement.
3
LDR 6020
Critical Issues in Leadership
This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the critical issues faced by leaders in every organization in the 21st century. Current, relevant, and timely resources are explored to provide students with opportunities to analyze both organizations and their leadership.
3
LDR 7040
Creating & Leading a Learning Organization
In this course, students explore and examine the five disciplines of learning organizations; characteristics of learning organizations, growth cycles, building capacity and sustainability.
3
LDR 7050
Strategic Forecasting and Planning
This course examines strategic planning models, forecasting methods, trend analysis, futuring, problem-based learning, return on investment, organizational health and effectiveness, cost/benefit analysis and research and planning.
3
SPML 6010
The Essentials of the Law in Sports
This course introduces legal issues, and professional ramifications in field of sports management through the examination of regulations, government intervention, and ethically pertinent scenarios. This course allows learners to acquire a thorough understanding of legal considerations, which affect the interaction of league officials and athletes, their professional behavior, and what laws are established to protect their rights and assure they accountable for their actions.
3
SPML 6020
The Economics of Sport
The domain of sports, most notably, professional sports, has been elevated to one of the highest rungs of the financial ladder by having entered the world of professional entertainment industry. In the 21st century, sport has secured its place as one of the paramount forms of entertainment from Friday night high school football games to the Olympic venues. To function as an administrator within this profession, it is imperative to have a comprehensive understanding of the dynamic role of economics. In this course, students explore and examine the concepts and models of micro and intermediate economics as related to the business of sport.
3
SPML 6040
Sports Finance
In this course, students develop a framework with an in-depth analysis of the various tools, techniques, ratios, formulas, and other finance-related information, complex financial concerns in the sports workplace.
3
SPML 6050
Leading in Time of Change
This course introduces students to the valuable change management process in the dynamic world of sports leadership and management, preparing them to use and apply these skills practically with an understanding of varying concepts, theories and opinions.
3
SPML 6060
Diversity in Sports
This course is designed to teach students what diversity is and how it applies to sports in general and more specifically to gender, race, and various cultures. The course will help Learners understand the unique challenge for sports leaders to better understand diversity and through this understanding help “level the playing field.”
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 6110
Facilities and Events Management
Examines the principles and practices necessary to plan, develop, promote, operate and maintain sporting events, athletic centers and recreational facilities. Emphasis is on issues concerning personnel, finance, profitability, security, concessions, convention centers, event scheduling, equipment management, facilities maintenance and topics related to liability and risk management.
3
SPML 6120
Dynamics of Coaching
Coaching requires leadership abilities, social awareness, expertise in athletic components, and the ability to transcend these principles through recognized methodologies. This course focuses on the major coaching theories and models, methods, practices, and outcomes. Topics include study of first principles in coaching, coaching cases and analyses, great coaches, coaching decision making, and other contemporary issues.
3
SPML 6130
Social and Historical Foundations of Modern Sport
Sports are integrated into society and enjoyed throughout the world on a cultural and competitive level. This course examines the social, political, cultural, philosophical, psychological, historical and practical aspects of sport history and evolution.
3
SPML 6000
Organization and Administration of Recreation and Leisure Programs
This course provides an overview of principles and practices related to effectively managing a recreation and leisure program. Issues of branding, marketing, media, and personnel selection and development are considered.
3
SPML 6150
Philosophy & Educational Value of Sport
This course will build on Foundations & Theoretical Perspectives and provide students academic opportunities to identify and establish their personal and professional ideals and dispositions in relation to the academic literature and the mission/vision of their educational, recreational, and professional setting. Academic/co-curricular connectivity of sport and society.
3
SPML 6160
Assessment and Evaluation of Recreation and Leisure Programs
This course explores and examines the purpose and added value of assessment and evaluation in the recreation/leisure settings. Basic procedures and designs are used to develop a professional program evaluation/assessment plan. Cycle of evaluation/assessment, needs assessment, program planning and design, outcomes, objectives, findings, reporting for data driven decision-making.
3
SPML 6170
Current Trends in Recreation and Leisure
This course explores and examines the purpose and added value of assessment and evaluation in the recreation/leisure settings. Basic procedures and designs are used to develop a professional program evaluation/assessment plan. Cycle of evaluation/assessment, needs assessment, program planning and design, outcomes, objectives, findings, reporting for data driven decision-making.
3
SPML 6180
Foundations and Theoretical Perspectives of Recreation and Leisure Programs
This course explores and examines the purpose and added value of assessment and evaluation in the recreation/leisure settings. Basic procedures and designs are used to develop a professional program evaluation/assessment plan. Cycle of evaluation/assessment, needs assessment, program planning and design, outcomes, objectives, findings, reporting for data driven decision-making.
3
Research and Statistics 16 Credit Hours
Course Number Course Title Credits
RES 7900
Research Design
Principles of research theory, methods, inquiry, problem formulation, data collection, literature searches, and ethical considerations. Emphasis on how to design a doctoral-level research study.
4
RES 7605
Quantitative Analysis
An introduction to quantitative analysis of data. Statistical software will be used to explore descriptive and inferential statistics using both non-parametric and parametric techniques.
3
RES 7700
Qualitative Research
An examination and application of qualitative research approaches with a focus on research design, the role of the researcher, data collection and analysis, and writing from a qualitative perspective.
3
RES 7800
Mixed Methods Research
This course explores the theory, design, and application of mixed methods research.
3
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RES 7620
Advanced Topics in Statistics
An introduction to advanced statistical concepts including multivariate analysis, linear models, hierarchical linear models, factor analysis, and data management. Students will use statistical software packages and will learn to write basic syntax for custom analysis.
3
RES 7710
Advanced Topics in Qualitative Analysis
This course will prepare students to utilize naturalistic inquiry in their own research, most immediately, the dissertation experience. Students will be able to reflect on choices of inquiry paradigms, the goodness of fit between the problem and the approach chosen to explore it, the selection of appropriate instruments, and the role of the writer in the presentation of findings.
3
Foundations/Philosophy/Ethics 12 Credit Hours
Course Number Course Title Credits
EDL 7120
Research-Based Decision Making
3
EDL 7140
Organizational Change
Application of change theory to large and small organizations. Leadership strategies for successful change implementation.
3
FPR 7300
The Philosophy of Scientific Knowledge
This course provides an orientation to the nature, uses and limitations of science with the aim of achieving and understanding of the variety of approaches to research design and developing conceptual frameworks. With regard to the metatheory of knowledge, particular attention will be paid to the following topics: the relationship between theory and observations, the role of the researcher’s values in knowledge generation, how the research conceptualizes the relationship between researcher and subjects, the standards that are used to appraise theories, the theory of reality (ontology) and of how to know that reality (epistemology) that underlies critical theories, and how different methods of data gathering and data analysis influence the generation of scientific knowledge.
3
EDL 7211
Policy Analysis (non K-12)
Educational policy-making at the macro (national, regional and state) and micro (local and institutional) levels. Selected educational policies.
3
Dissertation/Comprehensive Exam 9 Credit Hours
Course Number Course Title Credits
COMP 7000
Comprehensive Exam (fee)
 
0
DIS 7010-7030
Dissertation
 
9

PROGRAM INFORMATION

calendarNext Start Date: August 26, 2019

timeCourse Length: 8 weeks

computerDelivery Format: 100% Online

applicationApplication Deadline: August 16, 2019

PhD Sports Leadership Tuition & Fees
Understanding the Costs of an PhD in Sports Leadership

Only 1.68% of the US population over age 25 has their doctorate degree. Let that sink in a moment. Just 1.68%!

A PhD is the differentiator you’ve been looking for, a way to stand out in the competitive sports landscape and show that you have taken your career preparation serious. By receiving your Doctorate, you are showing a dedication to you craft that not many others can boast. 

Concordia University Chicago is committed to providing students with a high-quality education at a reasonable cost. Our Doctoral degree program costs an unheard of $711/credit hour, which is 1/3 the cost of competitor’s programs. Because our programs are online we can save on many operational costs, which allows us to pass those benefits on to you.

Our PhD in Sports Leadership program is a win for your career, and your wallet.

PhD Sports Leadership Cost
Tuition (Per Credit Hour) $711
Technology Fee (Per Credit Hour) $15
Books (Approximate) $1775
TOTAL $50,417

PROGRAM INFORMATION

calendarNext Start Date: August 26, 2019

timeCourse Length: 8 weeks

computerDelivery Format: 100% Online

applicationApplication Deadline: August 16, 2019

PhD in Sports Leadership Career Outlook
What Can You Do With a PhD in Sports Leadership?

As a student in the PhD in Sports Leadership program you will be trained to use the latest technology and research tools to develop forward-thinking explorations and analysis of the sports industry, whether it be in organizational management, health and wellness, public health, economics of sport, legal issues in sports, sports leadership or something else yet to be considered.

With required coursework in sports administration, various aspects of sports leadership and strategic forecasting and planning you will be qualified to lead any sports organization as they develop into the future. Electives can take you down many paths - legal, financial, economics, diversity, promotion – allowing you to customize your education in the direction you want to take flight.

After completing your final dissertation, will be trained to craft research to help yourself and others better understand and evaluate logical steps toward thoughtful business decision making. You will become the asset that sports organizations need, qualified to lead and manage teams through the intricacies of the sports business landscape.

This degree program will qualify you for roles in:

  • University Faculty
  • University Leadership Positions
  • Education Administration
  • Non-profit and Private Sector Liaisons
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Training and Development
  • Sports Agency
  • Player Personnel
  • Business Operations
  • Media, PR, and Communications
  • Community Relations
  • Front Office Management
  • Sports Marketing
  • Athletic Director
  • Sports Information Director
  • Compliance Officer
  • NCAA Academic Advisor
  • Director of Fundraising and Development
  • Coaching
  • Professor of Sports Management

Lucky for you, you’ll also learn from Dr. Lynn Lashbrook one of the most connected men in the sports industry, who is dedicated to helping you find the right career opportunities after you complete the program.

Our online PhD 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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