EdD/PhD, Leadership: Sports Leadership Specialization

Study Format Online
Program Length 61-67 credits*


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Concordia University Chicago's doctoral program in leadership with a specialization in sports leadership provides professional preparation for management and leadership positions with professional sports teams, intercollegiate and intramural athletics and recreation programs at secondary and post-secondary institutions, colleges and universities and amateur athletic organizations.

Offered as a specialization within the EdD/PhD program in leadership, the sports leadership specialization provides profession preparation for careers in private and public health and fitness clubs, corporate fitness and wellness programs, sports stadiums and arenas, and the sports marketing, management and communications firms that service the larger marketplace.

The specialization in sports leadership is designed to equip students with the ability to:

  • Develop skills for sports scholarship and sports research competency.
  • Refine critical thinking, problem solving and decision making skills.
  • Demonstrate effective leadership within sport organizations.
  • Analyze and assess current issues impacting sport leadership, e.g., social, sales and marketing, political, economic, legal, international, political, technological, etc.
  • Integrate personal and professional ethics in promoting leadership performance and organizational behavior.
  • Examine and evaluate cultural and economic dynamics that impact the emergence and development of sports and the sports industry in a global, interactive society.
  • Analyze and apply relevant legal and ethical issues to the field of sports leadership.
  • Understand and evaluate the role of public relations, sales and promotion marketing to sports related enterprises.

Learning Objectives

In addition to the overall objectives of the Leadership department and its programs, students will acquire the following knowledge, skills and competencies in the Leadership program’s specialization sports leadership:

Students who successfully complete this degree program will:

  • Have a strong sports leadership and knowledge/information base.
  • Understand sports administration, sports leadership theory, sports systems and personnel issues.
  • Comprehend change theory and its practical application to the sports industry.
  • Understand the need to monitor the human and material resources in an ethical and judicious manner in all aspects of the sports enterprise.
  • Enhance their personal leadership development, skills and competencies and networking abilities.

The doctoral degree specialization in sports leadership provides working professionals and sports enthusiasts the opportunity to achieve both personal and professional goals in today’s growing sports industry. Doctoral degree candidates typically pursue careers or attain academic credentials with the objective of working in a sports or educational environment in an administrative/leadership role.

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