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Master of Sports Leadership

Entry Terms
Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Available 100% Online: Yes

Application Deadlines:
Domestic Students:
Summer: June 29, 2018

International Students:
Summer: June 29, 2018

Credits Required for Graduation
45 Quarter Hours

Northeastern University’s Master of Sports Leadership, accredited by The Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA), prepares you for success in a variety of athletic businesses — from professional and intercollegiate teams, to community and wellness organizations.

With a flexible curriculum, experiential learning opportunities, and a powerful network of alumni, the sports master’s program will help you:

  • Develop your leadership capabilities as you also develop core sports business skills, such as sports management, marketing, media relations, finance, and law.
  • A sports master's degree that provides you with the learning model that meets your needs: 100% online; on-ground at our Boston, Seattle, or Charlotte campuses; or a hybrid format that combines the two.
  • Choose from one of two concentrations: Collegiate Athletic Administration or Professional Sports Administration
  • Acquire hands-on experience through capstone projects, co-op opportunities, and the required one-week residency program in Boston or Charlotte where you can study sports management hands-on and network with current students, faculty, and program alumni.
  • Forge connections with a powerful alumni network from some of the industry’s most prestigious athletic organizations, including the Boston Red Sox, Boston Celtics, New England Patriots, San Francisco Giants, Canadian Olympic Committee, USA Basketball, and Reebok.

Interested in advancing your career in the sports industry?

The practice-oriented Master of Sports Leadership is structured to accommodate mid-career athletic administrators and coaches, as well as individuals seeking to prepare for careers in the sports industry.

Developed in collaboration with Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society, the sport degree program prepares you for a variety of sport-related occupations—whether it’s working with a professional or intercollegiate sports team, with a fitness club or wellness organization, or in marketing, communication, or sports management.

COSMA Accredited Institution

The Commission on Sport Management Accreditation is a specialized accrediting body whose purpose is to promote and recognize excellence in sport management education worldwide in colleges and universities at the baccalaureate and graduate levels. Northeastern's Master of Sports Leadership is one of only 18 graduate programs in the U.S. to receive accreditation from the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA).

Not ready to commit to a full master's program?

Northeastern also offers two athletic industry graduate certificate programs: Collegiate Athletic Administration and Professional Sports Administration. Earn a career-advancing credential whose credits can later be applied to the Master of Sports Leadership program. 

Master of Sports Leadership Program Overview
About Northeastern

A graduate program at Northeastern University enables you to create the educational experience that best meets your career and life goals. Recognized as a top 40-research university, we offer a dynamic learning environment, fueled, informed, and inspired by professionally-oriented, hands-on study.

Experiential learning. Industry-aligned coursework. Flexible study options. Plus, a global network of faculty practitioners, corporate partners, distinguished alumni, and fellow students. Together, these form the cornerstone of a rewarding Master’s of Sports Leadership education that’s innovative, yet relevant; practical, yet transformative.

  • Experiential learning—the integration of classroom study with professional experience—is at the heart of every sports management degree program, online, on campus, or hybrid.
  • Join an ever-expanding global network of more than 3,000 corporate partners and 230,000 alumni, with a powerful presence in more than 90 countries.
  • Discover a graduate sports management education designed to satisfy the needs of both the student and the industry.
  • Experience an innovative online education model driven by cognitive science, informed by employers, and powered by experiential learning.
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