Sport Leadership Program (M.S.)

  • Program Overview

    Become a sport management all-star by learning from the industry’s best practitioners.

    100% online, on your schedule

    We believe that learning leads to personal growth, and relationship building helps blaze a successful trail to dynamic opportunities in the sport industry. With a focus on sport management and administration; and current trends in the sport industry, you’ll gain a solid foundation to pursue careers at schools, colleges, and universities; non-profit organizations and businesses; sport fitness and wellness facilities; recreation department and state parks; and sport governing bodies.

    Our expert faculty and advisory board include leaders from MLB, NBA, NHL, NCAA, secondary and higher education, the Olympics, recognized sports foundations, and more.

    • 39-credit program perfect for working professionals
    • Flexible four- to six-week courses
    • Networking opportunities
    • Personal advising and
    • Job placement support: 95% of our graduates scored a job in the sports industry
    • Affordable tuition
    • No GRE required

    Become a leader in sports and recreation.

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    Want to turn your sports passion into a career? Well, thanks in part to Endicott College’s sport management and sport leadership programs, Jameson Pelkey ’07 M’09 is already living that dream at St. John’s Prep.
  • Curriculum

    Admissions Requirements

    All candidates must apply online at:

    Applicants should submit the following to Van Loan School Admissions, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915

    • Non-refundable $50.00 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College, cash or online) Application fee waived for veteran and military students;
    • Two letters of recommendation (one academic reference and one professional reference);
    • Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic work sent directly from the institution(s) including confirmation of undergraduate degree, date confirmed, and any other graduate work;
    • Essay of 250-500 words on career goals and motivation for graduate study;
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all students whose native language is not English; minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (iBT) is required. The institutional code for Endicott College is 3369. Endicott also accepts an IELTS score of 6.0 or better;
    • Interview with the program director
    • All admissions requirements must be satisfied in order to be formally accepted in a degree program. Students must be formally admitted to a program before the completion of six Endicott credits.

    International Applicants for Graduate Admission
    Endicott College welcomes and encourages applicants from around the world. International applicants are required to hold a college or university degree equivalent to a four-year American baccalaureate degree. Educational documents in a foreign language are required to be translated into English. All transcripts and translations of transcripts must be official originals and must show courses completed, grades received, grading scale, duration of study, degree or diploma received, and the date conferred. Endicott College reserves the right to request verification of the credentials by an external agency.

    International applicants must submit current TOEFL scores when their native language is not English or when their baccalaureate transcript is not from an institution where English is the language of instruction. Once students have been admitted as degree candidates, Endicott College will send detailed instructions about the process for acquiring an Endicott-sponsored student visa.

    Program of Study

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this program, students will:

    • Investigate the interrelationship between sport, culture, and society through a sport leader's 
    • Interpret and analyze the role and responsibilities of human resources, finance, governance, compliance, risk management, operations, technology, and the management, planning, organization, and administration in the sport industry
    • Distinguish between key aspects of various careers within the sport industry and how an effective leader approaches decision making in these dynamic environments
    • Identify and evaluate career options in the sport industry, formulate transferable skills, construct a job search strategy, resume, LinkedIn profile and cover letter. 

    Required Curriculum

    SLD 501 - Contemporary Issues in Sport
    SLD 505 - Strategic Management and Leadership in Athletic Administration
    SLD 507 - Preparing for a Career in Sport
    SLD 511 - Sport Marketing and Media
    SLD 560 - Financial Resources Management
    SLD 521 - Sport Law and Risk Management
    SLD 580 - Facilities Planning in Sport
    SLD 586 - Event Planning and Programming
    SLD 571 - The Impact of Technology in Sport
    SLD 599 - Comprehensive Seminar in Athletic Administration
    SLD 588A - Sport Management Practicum

    Required Electives

    SLD Elective #1 - 3 cr. 
    SLD Elective #2 - 3 cr. 
    SLD Elective #3 - 3 cr. 

    Total Degree Requirements - 39 credits

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  • Internships and Careers

    A master’s degree in sport leadership from the Van Loan School at Endicott College is your ticket to a rewarding career. We are dedicated to our students’ success
    and help them find exciting internships or job opportunities.

    Sport Leadership students and alumni work in a variety of sport-related industries such as:

    • Anglo-American School of Moscow
    • Burlington, Mass. Parks & Recreation
    • Cambridge, Mass. Public Schools
    • Edge Sports Group/ESG Associates
    • Endicott College
    • Good Sports, Inc.
    • International School of Beijing
    • Johns Hopkins University
    • Learfield Sports
    • Peloton
    • Premier Hoops
    • Massachusetts Department of Youth Services
    • National Football League (NFL)
    • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
    • New Hampshire Fisher Cats (MiLB Double-A Affiliate)
    • St. John’s Prep, Beverly, Mass.
    • University of New Hampshire

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Alumni Score Jobs in Sports Industry
Van Loan School master's degree program helps launch careers in the competitive world of sports.
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Double Gull Leading the Way in Sport Leadership
Jameson Pelkey has risen through the ranks at St. John’s Prep and thanks Van Loan's expert faculty and program flexibility for his success
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New Opportunities in Sport Management
JJ Alberts moves his career forward with a Master's degree from the Van Loan School.
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Sport Leadership M.S.

With our affordable and accelerated graduate program, you'll become a skilled leader in the sports industry sooner than you think.

$19,800 Affordable Tuition
We offer incredible value despite a lower tuition than our competitors. Compare us to other programs and see for yourself.
39 Credits Required
Our program is designed for working professionals and athletes. Classes are online—on your schedule.
12-18 Months to Completion
In less than two years, you’ll be qualified to secure a leadership position in the sports industry.
"When I entered the graduate sport management program at Endicott College, I quickly realized that I had made the right decision with the connections and educational program that Endicott offers. The faculty have a great deal of real-world experiences and the networking opportunities are endless. The classes are hands-on with real-life situations and assignments that will benefit me in my daily work."
JJ Alberts, ’17
General Manager, Providence Friars Sports Properties
Commission on Sport Management Accreditation Seal


The Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) 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.

The following degree programs at Endicott College have received specialized accreditation through the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation located in Fort Collins, Colo.:

  • Bachelor of Science in Sport Management
  • Master of Education in Athletic Administration