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An MA in Sports Leadership prepares graduates to assume leadership responsibilities in many key areas of the sports industry, including promotion and marketing, team resource assessment, organizational leadership and fiscal oversight. The Master of Arts in Sports Leadership degree is a 33 credit program, with 15 credits of required courses and 18 credits of sports electives. 

 

The sports leadership program provides professional preparation for sports management and leadership positions with professional sports teams, intercollegiate, intramural sports and recreation programs at secondary schools, colleges and universities, and amateur athletic organizations. Professional preparation is also given for careers in private and public health and fitness clubs, corporate fitness and wellness programs, sports stadiums and arenas, and the sports marketing, management and communications firms that service the larger marketplace.

Program Features

  • Masters in Sports Leadership Courses are offered 100% online, no campus visit required
  • 33 credits 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, 12-18 students
  • Regionally accredited institution qualified to offer federal financial aid to students
  • $455 per credit hour

Program 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

  • 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 faxed to 708.777.4773 or emailed to exsci.admissions@cuchicago.edu.

Highlights

PROGRAM INFORMATION

calendarNext Start Date: 05/01/17

timeCourse Length: 8 weeks

computerDelivery Format: 100% Online

applicationApplication Deadline: Rolling

MA Sports Leadership Curriculum
Required Core Courses 15 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
SPML 6100
Sports Leadership Capstone
Students propose, develop and write a master’s project demonstrating research skills and understanding of sports leadership.
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
SPML 6120
Dynamics of Coaching
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 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 for leaders in the sports industry.
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
Educational Value of Sport
This course will build on Foundations and 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 required of management within the sports industry.
3
SPML 6170
Current Trends in Recreation and Leisure
Trends in recreation and leisure sport industry of the 21st century are examined in order to facilitate effective planning and implementing of programs designed to meeting the recreational needs of the general public from 5 85 years of age. Critical review and analysis of sport as a social phenomena and the impact on delivery of and participation in recreation and leisure activities.
3
SPML 6180
Foundations and Theoretical Perspectives of Recreation and Leisure Programs
This course will provide the framework for the specialization by reviewing and applying recreation/leisure theory to the private, public, and/or entrepreneurial setting. Theoretical and conceptual foundations of recreation and leisure, sports, play. A review of historical ideas and practices in the recreation and leisure with an examination to the relationship to present day professional and social sports issues.
3

PROGRAM INFORMATION

calendarNext Start Date: 05/01/17

timeCourse Length: 8 weeks

computerDelivery Format: 100% Online

applicationApplication Deadline: Rolling

MA Sports Leadership Faculty
 

The faculty at Concordia University can be found hard at work in the fields they teach-specialities in kinesiology and sports studies.At Concordia, we realize that a top-flight education in only possible with best0in-class instructors with real-world experience. We recruit passionate professionals from around the globe who are committed to helping you achieve your academic and professional goals.

Our faculty are experienced and distinguished, combining years of hands-on clinic experience with extensive academic knowledge and teaching experience. Many of our faculty have the highest credential available in the filed in which they teach. They demonstrate the highest degree of professional skills, and find unique ways to convey that knowledge in our remote online curriculum.

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
Lynn Lashbrook, EdD
EDUCATION:
Master of Science, Exercise Science and Health Promotion. Concentration: Rehab Sciences.
Bachelor of Science EdD, University of Northern Colorado
MEd, Spring College
BS Health and Physical Education, Fort Hayes State University
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: 05/01/17

timeCourse Length: 8 weeks

computerDelivery Format: 100% Online

applicationApplication Deadline: Rolling

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

Concordia University Chicago is committed to providing students with a high-quality education at a reasonable cost. And for graduates, the benefits of obtaining a Master of Science degree can be very valuable. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2011, the median of earnings 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.

MA Sports Leadership Cost
Tuition (Per Credit Hour) $440
Technology Fee (Per Credit Hour) $15
Books (Approximate) $800
TOTAL $15815

PROGRAM INFORMATION

calendarNext Start Date: 05/01/17

timeCourse Length: 8 weeks

computerDelivery Format: 100% Online

applicationApplication Deadline: Rolling

MA Sports Leadership Career Options
A variety of career paths is attainable with a Masters degree in Sports Leadership

A Masters degree in Sports Leadership from Concordia University Chicago’s Sports Studies program can open many doors in numerous fields.

Our exercise science degree programs are 100% online, allowing students to achieve real-life success in their chosen profession, while advancing their careers

Graduates in our in sports leadership programs go on to serve in a variety of capacities in fitness, wellness, sports management and leadership careers. Our students emerge from our programs in as little as one year with:

  • Increased earning potential
  • Job security
  • Job opportunities
  • Increased job satisfaction

Explore the following career opportunities. Talk with your student advisor for additional information on which degree program is right for you. Many of our students pursue careers in exercise science fields such as these areas:

  • Assistant Coach
  • Collegiate Coach
  • PE Teacher (K-12)
  • School Athletic Administrator
  • Sports Team Coach
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach

PROGRAM INFORMATION

calendarNext Start Date: 05/01/17

timeCourse Length: 8 weeks

computerDelivery Format: 100% Online

applicationApplication Deadline: Rolling

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