WSU Sport Management graduate alumnus on the sidelines of a football game.

Sport Management

In cooperation with the Physical Education and Sport Science (PESS) Department, their graduate certificate in Sport Management can be combined with the five core courses in Leadership Education for the Master’s Degree. This path is taken by students looking for leadership opportunities in the exciting and competitive sports industry. This field includes a very wide spectrum from collegiate coaching, athletic directors at the high school and collegiate level, sports team operations and facilities management.

Graduates work as coaches, athletic directors, in the front office of sports teams and with sports facilities management. Students will develop expertise in sports marketing, finance, facility management and sports law and ethics. The 18 credit certificate is an entirely online program and can be taken independently or as the specialized component of our Master's in Leadership Education.

A certificate in Sport Management is also available through the Physical Education and Sport Science Department.

The Sport Management program consists of 33 credits in a combination of core Leadership Education courses and courses specific to the Sport Management emphasis. A capstone writing project and a comprehensive examination are also required for a master’s in Leadership Education. 

Leadership Education Core Courses (15 S.H.)

LDRS 612 - Systems Thinking (3 S.H.)
LDRS 614 - Change Leadership (3 S.H.)
LDRS 615 - Communication (3 S.H.)
LDRS 616 - Common Good (3 S.H.)
LDRS 618 - Scholarship (3 S.H.)

A detailed description of the required courses and additional information about the Sports Management emphasis can be found in the course catalog.