Sports Leadership Graduate Program Earns Accreditation by National Commission

Northeastern Degree is One of 18 COSMA Accredited Graduate Programs Across U.S.


October 2, 2015

COSMA Accreditation

Northeastern University’s Master of Sports Leadership program was recently granted accreditation by The Commission on Sport Management Accreditation.

The Master of Sports Leadership program is one of only 18 graduate sport management programs in the country to receive this accreditation. The Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) notes that its accreditation is based on “characteristics of excellence in sport management education and assessment of educational outcomes.”

“Earning the accreditation from COSMA truly confirms that the Northeastern Master of Sports Leadership program is delivering excellence in sport management education,” said John LaBrie, Dean, Northeastern University College of Professional Studies. “Our current students, alumni, and future students can be confident that we are making every effort to provide the knowledge, tools, and best practices for a fulfilling career in the sports industry.” 

The Master of Sports Leadership program began the process of seeking COSMA accreditation in 2011. This included establishing and implementing a program and course level outcomes assessment plan, collecting and reporting data from direct and indirect measures of student learning, and submitting a comprehensive self-study document. Last spring Northeastern hosted a site visit at both its Boston and Charlotte campuses as a final evaluation by the COSMA Board of Commissioners.

“This validation of the great work our faculty in the Master of Sports Leadership program does is much deserved,” said Dr. Philomena Mantella, Senior Vice President and CEO of the Northeastern University Global Network. “It’s fulfilling to know Northeastern has contributed at the highest level to preparing students for careers in the sports industry space.”

The Master of Sports Leadership program, founded in 2005, has conferred over 275 degrees since its first graduating class in 2007. The practice-oriented degree is structured to educate mid-career athletic administrators and coaches, as well as individuals seeking to prepare for careers in the sports industry. 

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 through specialized accreditation. It is the only organization offering discipline specific accreditation in sport management.

A list of all COSMA-accredited institutions can be found here.

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