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Master of Science: Sport Administration and Leadership

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The Master of Science in Sport Administration and Leadership program will prepare you for an administrative role in the sports industry. The program offers courses that will give you a foundation as a leader, decision-maker, and manager in the sports industry. The program provides an active learning environment to demonstrate skills in transformational leadership, organizational learning strategies, and coaching and mentoring in learning environments. A strong foundation in the legal aspects of sports and event and facilities management will be invaluable to you as you prepare to enter the sport industry.


Required Core (36 Credits)

EDU522 Transformational Leadership

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge, skills, and dispositions that will enhance the motivation, morale, and performance of staff. Students will know how to create a culture for learning, serve as a role models, inspire, develop leadership in others, and help build and support an inviting culture.

EDU521 Societal Frameworks in Education

Students will understand human rights and how to implement guidelines that establish a workplace where all students, staff, and community, regardless of background, are afforded equal access and opportunity to a quality education.

AOL501 Foundations of Evidence-Based Leadership

This course is designed to provide an introduction to seeking and applying evidence-based approaches to learning. Emphasis is placed on providing students with strong foundations for evaluating research and applying findings through readings, discussion, and evaluation/application exercises.

AOL540 Strengths-Based Leadership

Students will explore: 1) their own strengths as indicated by the StrengthsFinder™ assessment; and, 2) how to best utilize these strengths in both individual and organizational leadership roles. This course covers a variety of models and theories of leadership that are applicable to a variety of settings. Students will also develop their own personal leadership philosophy regarding adult and organizational learning.

AOL543 Organizational Learning Strategies

Successful leadership in adult and organizational learning is connected to knowing one’s own strengths and identifying the strengths of others in order to accomplish a given task. This course introduces students to the dynamic world of organizational structure, relations, behavior, and learning contexts. Students will gain a better understanding of the constituents involved with learning in organizational contexts as well as identifying aspects of team composition necessary to accomplish complex and multi-faceted learning tasks within these environments. Insights into an organization’s capacity to learn, and capacity to influence the organizational learning process, will also be explored.

AOL645 Coaching/Mentoring in Learning Environments

Students will gain a better understanding of how to coach and mentor adults to learn more effectively and grow professionally. The impact of personality, psychology, and group dynamics on teaching and learning as well as different theories of coaching and mentoring will be explored in depth. Students will identify their own coaching and mentoring style as well as how to adapt that style to a variety of learning environments.

ACC601 Cost Management

As the language of business and the cornerstone of the financial capital markets, accounting provides terminology, frameworks, and concepts with which to understand and analyze the financial consequences of business activities. As these activities have become increasingly complex and global, the task of presenting timely, relevant, and reliable financial information to interested internal and external users has become more challenging. The primary purpose of this course is to provide students with considerable financial statement, financial analysis, and financial management expertise in order to enhance their decision capabilities.

MKT601 Integrated Marketing Communications

Integrated Marketing Communications builds on the fundamentals of marketing and details the analytical and strategic processes used to effectively inform and influence target market behavior. Students will assess and develop organizational and brand promotional goals in order to analyze promotional methods and channels and the optimal employment of various traditional and social media. The product of this analysis will be synthesized into a comprehensive media and promotional plan which will include the application of creative techniques, marketing ethics, and optimizing plan effectiveness through the considered use of metrics.

SAL502 Event and Facilities Management

Students in this course will learn the process of hosting athletic events and facilities management, with special emphasis on designing, planning, operating, maintaining sport facilities, and risk management. This course covers policies, principles, and practical applications of facility management and operations.

SAL501 Administration in Sport

Students in this course will focus on the administration and management of a team or function within the sport industry. Students will study strategic planning, organizing work, leading people, and sustaining processes. This course offers students an overview of the structure of the sport industry and skills necessary to be a successful sport administrator. Topics addresses include management principles, financial and budgeting aspects of sport operations, project management, and marketing, promotion, and public relations.

SAL601 Legal Aspects in Sport

This course addresses the current legal issues in athletics and sport. It aims to familiarize students with laws, legislations, and current legal trends in administration of the sport industry. The goal of this course is to provide an introduction to the knowledge of legal principles related to the sports industry.

SAL699 Sport Administration and Leadership Capstone

The capstone is an internship course. In this course, students apply knowledge gained from the program to real-world experience to begin and/or further their career in the sport industry. This course is designed to include foundational preparation of leadership skills needed at an administrative level in the sport industry.


Curriculum Outline

See examples of how the courses are outlined depending on your start date.

Early Fall Start

YEAR 1

  • Early Fall: LTD 540: Leadership in Adult and Organizational Learning
  • Late Fall: SAL 501: Administration in Sports
  • Early Spring: LTD 501: Foundations of Evidence-Based Learning
  • Late Spring: LTD 543: Organizational Learning Strategies AND EDU 522: Transformational Leadership
  • Summer: SAL 502: Event and Facilities Management AND SAL 601: Legal Aspects in Sports

YEAR 2

  • Early Fall: EDU 521: Societal Frameworks in Society
  • Late Fall: MKT 601: Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Early Spring: ACC 601: Cost Management
  • Late Spring: SAL 699: Sport Administration and Leadership Capstone
  • Summer: LTD 645: Coaching and Mentoring in Learning Environments

Early Spring Start

YEAR 1
  • Early Spring: LTD 501: Foundations of Evidence-Based Learning
  • Late Spring: LTD 543: Organizational Learning Strategies
  • Summer: SAL 502: Event and Facilities Management AND SAL 601: Legal Aspects in Sports
  • Early Fall: LTD 540: Leadership in Adult and Organizational Learning
  • Late Fall: SAL 501: Administration in Sports

YEAR 2
  • Early Spring: ACC 601: Cost Management
  • Late Spring: EDU 522: Transformational Leadership
  • Summer: LTD 645: Coaching and Mentoring in Learning Environments
  • Early Fall: EDU 521: Societal Frameworks in Society
  • Late Fall: MKT 601: Integrated Marketing Communications
YEAR 3
  • Early Spring: SAL 699: Sport Administration and Leadership Capstone
Summer Start

YEAR 1
  • Summer: SAL 502: Event and Facilities Management AND SAL 601: Legal Aspects in Sports
  • Early Fall: LTD 540: Leadership in Adult and Organizational Learning
  • Late Fall: SAL 501: Administration in Sports
  • Early Spring: LTD 501: Foundations of Evidence-Based Learning
  • Late Spring: LTD 543: Organizational Learning Strategies AND EDU 522: Transformational Leadership

YEAR 2
  • Summer: LTD 645: Coaching and Mentoring in Learning Environments
  • Early Fall: EDU 521: Societal Frameworks in Society
  • Late Fall: MKT 601: Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Early Spring: ACC 601: Cost Management
  • Late Spring: SAL 699: Sport Administration and Leadership Capstone
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