Sports Leadership, MSLD

The practice-oriented sports leadership master’s degree is structured to accommodate midcareer 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 seeks to prepare 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. Offered in an online format with an intensive one-week summer institute in Boston, this practice-oriented degree seeks to provide you with a well-rounded educational experience, equipping you to advance your career in the sports industry.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Required Courses

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 6100Developing Your Leadership Capability3
LDR 6135Ethical Leadership3
LDR 6405Sport in Society3
LDR 6410Leadership and Organization in Sport3
LDR 6430Sports Law3
LDR 6441Sports Media Relations3


Complete one of the following. This course should be the last course taken and requires faculty advisor approval:3

Elective Courses

Choose two of the following:6
Introduction to the Digital Era: The Power of Social Media
Ticket Sales and Strategies
Bystander Strategies for the Prevention of Gender-Based Violence
Integrative Experiential Learning
Interdisciplinary Foundations


Professional Sports Administration

LDR 6323Event Management3
LDR 6400Sports Management3
LDR 6435Fiscal Practices in Sports3
LDR 6440Sports Marketing and Promotions3
LDR 6445Corporate Sponsorships3
LDR 6460Risk Management in Athletics3

Collegiate Athletics Administration 

LDR 6400Sports Management3
LDR 6427Gender and Diversity in Sport3
LDR 6442Athletic Fund-Raising3
LDR 6455NCAA Compliance3
LDR 6465Title IX3
LDR 6615Academic Advising for Student-Athletes3

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

45 total quarter hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required