Become More Than Just A Coach
With an online master’s in Sports Leadership, you will learn how to communicate effectively with your teammates, players and partners, as well as integrate simple team management strategies, and comprehensive psychology-based principles you can apply into your administrative duties for greater teamwork and growth. You will gain the knowledge and skills to achieve your goals and aspirations of enhancing the athletic performance, and overall mental and physical health of others, as well as your own.
Our Locked-In Tuition program guarantees you’ll pay the same price for your entire graduate degree.
About the Program
ACU’s online Master of Science in Sports Leadership provides you the opportunity to learn alongside other students looking to enter or currently working in the sports industry. Offering three concentrations depending on your educational or professional goals, this program aims to increase core analytical, nutritional, and administrative skills via courses related to problem-solving, decision-making, preventive care, and interpersonal communication – all geared toward making you a better athletic leader inside and out. With the unique ability to be in courses with seasoned professionals, current NCAA athletes, and aspiring athletic educational administrators, this master’s degree can propel you into becoming not only an expert on the field or court, but also a well-rounded team player.
All the Details on Your Degree
Throughout the 30 credit hours, you will advance your understanding of how to address the physical, psychological, human resources, and financial aspects of sports leadership, coaching, and administration. Through a set of core curriculum courses, you will be able to identify and develop comprehensive skills to evaluate ethical dilemmas and potential conflicts facing sports managers, demonstrate competency in designing research studies related to athletics, and understand the significance of assessing your team’s opinions, strengths, and weaknesses.
Earn a certificate while completing your master’s degree.
While enrolled in the Analytics concentration of the Master of Science in Sports Leadership program, you will also earn a graduate-level Certificate in Business Analytics. Earn this valuable credential as you progress through your degree at no additional cost.
Ethics and Legal Issues in Sport
Self Assessment in Sports Leadership
Teams & Team Leadership
Upcoming Start Dates
April 30, 2024
June 25, 2024
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Focused on making you an expert in sports administration and management, this degree is ideal for those looking to propel their careers toward greater competence and professional development via our three distinct concentrations.
Designed to meet the educational needs of professionals in the sports industry looking to increase core data-related skills, the analytics concentration teaches concepts related to situational analysis, problem-solving, and decision-making in the sports industry to further understand performance windows, the win/lose culture, and other sports-related phenomenons.
Designed to help current or aspiring athletics administrators, the athletic administration concentration helps you understand the dynamics of interpersonal conflict, manage athletic finances, and develop a deeper appreciation for foundational leadership theories and applications for a number of institutional settings.
Designed to help current or aspiring coaching staff understand the basic aspects of coaching, the coaching concentration focuses on preventive care of athletic-related injuries, psychologically-based principles of coaching, nutritional science for exercise and sports, as well as applicable sports psychology theories and strategies.
Meet the Program Director
Dr. Daryl Jones, Master of Science in Sports Leadership
Dr. Daryl Jones is the Interim Program Director for the Master of Science in Sports Leadership and vice president of sports leadership and learning. He received his doctorate from Case Western Reserve University and was a former Nike executive with over 20 years of experience working with national athletes and sports leaders. Jones has also taught college courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels in Sports Product Management and Organizational Behavior.
Developing new direct-to-business relationships with major sports organizations and leagues, Jones is passionate about equipping professional athletes and sports managers with strategies for effective leadership and greater mental preparation for their careers beyond the field or court.
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