Sports Leadership

  • Master's
Location: Boston
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Why Sports Leadership?

Designed to enhance the skills of students at all levels of experience in the industry, the Master of Sports Leadership program prepares you to excel in diverse fields of sports-related occupations.

The practice-oriented Master of Sports Leadership is structured to accommodate mid-career athletic administrators and coaches, as well as individuals seeking to prepare for careers in the sports industry. Developed in collaboration with Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society, the Master of Sports Leadership prepares you for a variety of sport-related occupations—whether it’s working with a professional or intercollegiate sports team, with a fitness club or wellness organization, or in marketing, communication, or sports management. Courses within this unique graduate degree examine the social and business issues that are critical to sports leadership.

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Unique Features

  • Practice-oriented degree offering hands-on experience, internship, and capstone project
  • Option to take part in integrated experiential learning
  • Choose from concentrations for a specialized focus on professional or collegiate athletics
  • Boston Location on flagship campus, a hub for business, healthcare, education, finance, biotechnology, and the life sciences
  • Visa-eligible program for the fall term—Professional Sports Administration concentration only

Program Objectives

  • Identify your leadership styles and strengths and take steps to improve your leadership capacity
  • Understand what it takes to build highly effective teams
  • Obtain approaches and techniques for effectively tackling ethical dilemmas
  • Explore the legal issues related to equipment use, facility management, and accommodation for special populations
  • Learn how to leverage sports for greater social and economic good
  • Examine the planning, scheduling, and financial issues associated with running a successful athletics program
  • Discover how to use sports to foster diversity, prevent violence, and improve the health of local and global communities

Accreditation Description

COSMA Seal The following sport management degree program has been accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA), located in Fort Collins, CO, USA:
  • Master of Sports Leadership

Northeastern's Master of Sports Leadership was recently inducted into the COSMA Hall of Fame as a Biz Connector for excelling in creating partnerships with professionals in sports.

Summary of Accreditation Status

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Career Outlook

Already a multi-billion-dollar field, the sports industry is projected to experience faster-than-average growth over the next several years. Located all over the country, sports-related organizations and businesses require a variety of educated and skilled employees to manage day-to-day operations. While knowledge is crucial, success is often contingent upon your willingness to work beyond 9-5—with many sporting events and related activities taking place on nights, weekends, and holidays. The sports industry is exciting—filled with people who are driven by a passion for what they do and who are extremely satisfied with their career choice.

What you'll study

General Requirements

Master of Sports Leadership General Requirements

Note: Sport in Society (LDR 6405) and Sports Media Relations (LDR 6441) are summer institute courses, available on-campus in Boston. Winter institute course available on campus in Charlotte, North Carolina.

LDR 6100 - Developing Your Leadership Capability
LDR 6135 - Ethical Leadership
LDR 6405 - Sport in Society
LDR 6410 - Leadership and Organization in Sport
LDR 6430 - Sports Law
LDR 6441 - Sports Media Relations


Complete one of the following. This course should be the last course taken and requires faculty advisor approval:

LDR 6961 - Internship
1.00 - 4.00
LDR 6980 - Capstone
1.00 - 4.00

Elective Courses

Choose two of the following:

CMN 6015 - Introduction to the Digital Era: The Power of Social Media
LDR 6443 - Ticket Sales and Strategies
LDR 6470 - Bystander Strategies for the Prevention of Gender-Based Violence
INT 6943 - Integrative Experiential Learning
EDU 6184 - Interdisciplinary Foundations


Professional Sports Administration
LDR 6323 - Event Management
LDR 6400 - Sports Management
LDR 6435 - Fiscal Practices in Sports
LDR 6440 - Sports Marketing and Promotions
LDR 6445 - Corporate Sponsorships
LDR 6460 - Risk Management in Athletics
Collegiate Athletics Administration
LDR 6400 - Sports Management
LDR 6427 - Gender and Diversity in Sport
LDR 6442 - Athletic Fund-Raising
LDR 6455 - NCAA Compliance
LDR 6465 - Title IX
LDR 6615 - Academic Advising for Student-Athletes

This program requires successful completion of a minimum of 45 credit hours that meet the degree requirements.

Thinking about earning your graduate degree?

Join the Virtual Graduate Open House on Oct. 17.

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Did You Know?

Northeastern's Master of Sports Leadership is one of only 18 graduate programs in the U.S. to receive accreditation from the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA). 

Average Time to Completion

1.5-2 Years





Entry Terms


Meets F-1 Visa Requirements