BA to MA, Sports Leadership

Program Information

Next Start Date: 5/10/2021
Delivery Format: 100% Online
Application Deadline: Rolling


Cost Per Credit Hour: $490
Technology Fee: $16 (per Credit hour)
Total Credits to Graduate: 30 additional credits to complete MA

The Master of Arts in sports leadership degree is a 33-credit program. The program’s focus is on preparing 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 sports leadership program provides professional preparation for management and leadership positions with professional sports teams, intercollegiate and intramural athletics and recreation programs at secondary and post-secondary institutions, colleges and universities, and amateur athletic organizations. Profession 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.

What is a Dual Degree?

Through careful planning and academic advising, a student majoring in Concordia-Chicago’s Sports and Recreation Management accelerated degree program may move seamlessly into Concordia-Chicago’s MA, Sports Leadership program.

Benefits of a Dual Degree

  • As a graduate of the Accelerated Degree Program, candidates will take three (3) fewer credit hours toward the Sports Leadership degree.
  • Letters of recommendation are waived
  • 1 course may be waived in the Leadership Studies Master’s Cohort (if eligible)—SPML 6130 Social and Historical Foundations
  • No application fee
  • No GRE requirement
  • Transcript service will be provided upon completion of ADP degree

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The Master of Arts in sports leadership is designed to enable students to:

  • Develop skills for scholarship and research competency.
  • Engage critical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Understand current issues impacting sport leadership, e.g., social, sales and marketing, political, economic, legal, international, political, technological, etc.
  • Describe and understand the place of personal and professional ethics, and forces of change impacting leadership performance and organizational behavior.
  • Evaluate cultural and economic dynamics that have impacted the emergence and development of sports and the sports industry in a global, interactive society.
  • Analyze and apply relevant legal and ethical issues to the field of sports leadership.
  • Understand the role of public relations, sales and promotion marketing to sports related enterprises.
  • Pursue doctoral level studies.

The scope and sequence of the sports leadership curriculum covers many of the primary sports leadership competencies recommended by the various national sports agencies and academic institutions. As new knowledge, competencies and skill sets are identified in the sports industry, the curriculum will make appropriate inclusion of such information.

  • 100% online
  • Asynchronous (you don’t have to log-on at a certain time)

Sports & Recreation Management Major 15 Credit Hours

Course Number Course Credits
SPML 6090
Sports Administration
Emphasis on practical application of concepts, principles and practices between sports organizations and community associations and the role of sport leader and administrator.
SPML 6130
Social and Historical Foundations
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.
SPML 6030
Sports Leadership and Ethics
Leadership and ethical practices in business decision-making in the field of sports management.
SPML 6140
Research in Sports Studies
Explores and examines the different methodological approaches to researching contemporary issues in sports; research design and reporting; bibliography.
SPML 6100
Capstone Experience
A master’s capstone is required for all Master of Arts candidates. This culminating project highlights the candidate’s mastery of content throughout his or her studies. Capstones are traditionally a summary of work demonstrating overall growth and specific understandings of the professional standards. The capstone serves as a performance-based evaluation and promotes reflective practice. It also demonstrates the professional’s proficiency in integrating technology and his or her ability to translate theory into practice.

Sports Leadership Electives: Choose any six courses from the electives listed below for a total of 18 credit hours. All courses are three credit hours each.

Course Number Course Credits
SPML 6010
Essentials of Law
The law, legal issues and professional ramifications in the field of sports management.
SPML 6020
Economics of Sport
The role of economics in the sports industry. 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.
SPML 6040
Sports Finance
Fiscal responsibility and financial stewardship in the field of sports management.
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.
SPML 6050
Leading in a Time of Change
Change theory, change processes, change agency in the field of sports leadership and management.
SPML 6060
Diversity in Sports
Diversity in the field of sports in general and specifically in relationship to gender, race and various cultures.
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.
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.
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.
SPML 6150
Philosophy and 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.
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.
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 phenomenon and the impact on delivery of and participation in recreation and leisure activities.
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.

Concordia-Chicago’s Sports and Recreation Management core faculty has extensive experience in the field of sports and recreation along with the requisite certifications/credentials. Faculty come from all subspecialties of sports and recreation including but not limited to collegiate and professional sports administration, sports agencies, recreation directors, personal training, strength and conditioning management, not-for-profit recreation agencies and more.

Sheila D. Simmons, M.Ed. William Torrence, PhD
Our tuition is reasonable and will not change while you are enrolled in our program.

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 Bachelor of Science degree can be very valuable. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2017, the median of earnings for adults ages 25-34 working full-time, year-round, with a bachelor’s degree was $46,749.

BS Sports & Recreation Management COST
Tuition (Per Credit Hour) $490
Technology Fee (Per Credit Hour) $16

Students enrolled in the Sports and Recreation Management major coursework may consider the dual degree program: B.A. in Sports and Recreation Management and an M.A. Through careful planning and academic advising, a student majoring in Sports and Recreation Management and achieving a minimum of a 2.80 grade-point average upon degree completion may move seamlessly into one of CUC’s M.A. Programs without reapplying for admission to the University. Additionally, as a graduate of the Sports and Recreation Management Program, such candidates will take three (3) fewer credit hours toward an M.A. Thus, the dual degree program integrates strong foundational learning and real leadership curriculum.

  • Must earn grade of B or higher in SRMP-2020 (for M.A. in Sports Leadership)

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What Our Students Are Saying

  • I love the curriculum and the ability to take one course at a time, along with the flexible payments that works with my salary. This degree will prepare me to work with other professors or medical doctors in the Exercise Science field to explore further research.

    Nicholas Mortensen PhD Health and Human Performance
  • I wanted to get a PhD to pursue a tenured-track position and perform research. The online courses have been highly engaging and have provided an outstanding learning experience preparing me to contribute as a scholar in my field of study.

    Jason Menoutis PhD Health and Human Performance
  • My favorite class was research methods and design. The instructor’s feedback was extremely helpful and what I learned in this class will be applicable throughout the rest of my career. I also enjoyed my sports nutrition course because it was challenging and put me out of my comfort zone.

    Cynthia Miranda MS Applied Exercise Science - Human Movement Science
  • The online format allows for me to continue expanding my business and professional goals while still pursuing a Master’s degree. I was initially worried as I had not previously had much experience with online coursework, but the format allows for structured, discussion based learning amongst peers.

    Ryan Richmond MS Applied Exercise Science - Sports Nutrition