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M.A. in Sports Leadership

The Master of Arts in Sports Leadership

Leveraging the expertise of departmental faculty and JCU’s connections with professional and collegiate sports, the Mike Cleary Program in Sports Studies offers an M.A. in Sports Leadership. This practitioner-focused program will position sports industry professionals to be exceptional leaders and decision-makers in their industry, emphasizing the knowledge that sports professionals draw upon on a daily basis, including psychology, communications, marketing, finance, and ethics. Offered in a fully online course format, this program will offer hands-on experiences in the industry through project-based work, internships, and other practical experiences.

Program Learning Goals

  • Develop into an effective leader through grounded principles of leadership with application to sports and the sports industry
  • Demonstrate an understanding of professional, legal and ethical principles in pursuit of truth, accuracy, and fairness for an individual or organization
  • Demonstrate an understanding and ability to develop and implement policy regulations and operational strategies
  • Develop written and verbal communication skills with knowledge of current events and issues in the world of sports industry.

The program requires 30 total credit hours

The program requires 30 total credit hours and is taught in 15 week semester format. With the focus on working professionals, the program will be delivered year-round, online, in semester-long modules. Students will connect with faculty members, the university and each other at an annual Sports Symposium to be held on campus each summer.

  • Leadership and Organizational Theory
  • Critical Readings in Research
  • Psychological Aspects of Sport
  • Management of Sport Organizations
  • Sociological and Cultural Effects of Sport
  • Diversity and Inclusion in Sport
  • Legal and Ethical Aspects of Sport
  • Sport Promotion, Marketing and Public Relations
  • Sports Finance
  • Internship/Capstone project – students will have the option to choose between an internship, a cumulative project, or a thesis.
  • Summer Sports Symposium (annual)
  • Online application
  • Official transcripts
  • Resume
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose Essay