Graduate Certificate in Sports Leadership

The 15-credit graduate certificate in sports leadership is designed for professionals who would like to strengthen their leadership skills and advance their career within the exciting $440 billion athletics industry. This graduate certificate studies critical topics within the industry including leadership, sports communication, ethics, sports law, media events, and historical events that help set the context for where the industry is today.

Marquette's sports leadership program was developed in consultation with Marquette's National Sports Law Institute and Department of Athletics. Utilizing sports-specific courses and proven leadership studies, the program is designed to challenge students who aspire for leadership positions at all levels within the athletic industry.

Learning outcomes

Students completing the certificate in sports leadership will:

  • Learn how to apply leadership principles and practices to the business of athletics.
  • Understand the depth and unique character of the business of athletics.
  • Gain the ability to identify trends, current events, and innovations within the world of athletics and recognize how they impact managerial decisions.
  • Understand the inter-relationships of athletics to the larger institution and the community that it serves. 

Internships

While internships are not a required part of the Sports Leadership curriculum, we do work with interested students to help them find an internship experience that’s right for them. The Milwaukee area is thriving with sports organizations that offer student work opportunities, including professional and collegiate teams.

Curriculum

  • To earn the certificate students will complete five of the sports leadership courses noted below and earn 15 graduate credits.
  • On average, students complete the program in one to two years. The certificate must be completed within three years.
  • In addition to class time, students spend an average of 12 hours a week on course work outside of class for every three-credit course.
  • Some of your credits earned in the certificate program may be applied to Marquette's master in leadership studies with a specialization in sports leadership.

 

Required Courses (12 credits)
Class No. Course Title Credit Hours
SPLE 6001 Introduction to Sports Leadership
3 credit hours
SPLE 6200 Sports Communication  3 credit hours
SPLE 6400 Sport Management   3 credit hours
SPLE 6931 Athletic Leadership Special Topics: Sports Finance   3 credit hours
   
Elective Options (3 credits)  
Class No. Course Title Credit Hours
SPLE 6100 Legal and Ethical Athletic Leadership 3 credit hours
SPLE 6300 Social-Historical Foundations of Sports 3 credit hours
SPLE 6931 Athletic Leadership Special Topics: Strength and Conditioning for Coaches and Administrators
3 credit hours
SPLE 6931 Athletic Leadership Special Topics: Sport Facility Management 3 credit hours

 

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