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Master of Arts in Sports Management

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Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Sports Management – Leadership Concentration provides strategic educational resources for sport and athletic institutional applications and operations, focusing specifically on leadership development for the current and future environment. The fully-online Master of Arts in Sports Management, is a flexible program which addresses the spiritual, cognitive, adaptive, and intuitive formation of the student.  Coursework within the concentration is tailored to specifically relate to the practical experiential applications of the student and current or future professional and personal development objectives.

Sports-related jobs are expected to increase 23% for the decade ending in 2018, a much larger increase than the average for other employment sectors, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  Jobs connected to sports marketing and administration will continue to grow, a result of demographics and the increasing demand for sophisticated organizations that specialize in youth sports.  Sacramento is one of the fastest growing sports towns in America and with that comes tremendous opportunities for job training and placement in athletic administration.

Program Details


Fit your studies around your life rather than your life around your study.


Provides experiential application of coursework for current or future professional development.


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LDRS500 Personal Life of the Leader

This course equips students to serve effectively as reflective leaders. The course includes a comprehensive and holistic overview of factors inherent to the practice of Christian leadership as it pertains to one’s own mental, emotional, social, and spiritual health. The student identifies and strategically addresses some of their own personal areas for growth and wholeness.

2 units

LDRS501 Strategic Leadership Foundations

This course explores key foundational leadership principles and theories, particularly related to strategic thinking and analysis. Students assess their own leadership proclivities in light of the course material, and develop specific, strategic “next steps” for themselves.

2 units

LDRS520 Organizational Communication

This course guides students to understand the practices and theories associated with organizational communication. Students discover, analyze, assess, and discuss organizational communication principles that enhance both collegial relationships and workplace productivity.

2 units

LDRS540 Leadership Ethics

This course provides a forum for analysis, assessment, and reflection on core ethical principles for sustainable and quality leadership in the marketplace today. Students identify various ethical models and assess their impact on a leadership culture.

2 units

LDRS560 Organizational Leadership

This course provides a comprehensive, integrative, and practical focus on organizational leadership. It exposes students to the realities of corporate culture and proposes workable, culturally sensitive, and relevant models for organizational effectiveness.

2 units

LDRS561 Team Leadership & Conflict Management

This course examines the particular challenges of team leadership and conflict management. Students further develop their capacity to offer meaningful, sustained, and effective team leadership, while also honing specific tools for successful conflict management aimed at attaining desired performance results.

2 units

KINE 580-Leadership in Sport and Athletics

This course teaches students how to evaluate leadership theories from historical and contemporary perspectives; analyze leadership styles from the most frequently used perspectives in business; investigate contemporary thinking on leadership and how leadership roles are changing in the 21st century; identify ways leadership in sport organizations can positively affect local and regional communities; develop leadership models for effective organizations; and formulate a personal and professional growth plan as a sport leader.

3 units

KINE 516 – Social-cultural Basis for Sport

This course will teach students how to analyze sport as a social construction in regard to its role, structure, formal organization, and professionalization; stratification, differentiation and norms along social class, age, race, ableism and gender.

2 units

KINE 517 – Sport Philosophy and Ethics

This course teaches students how to discuss intelligently major issues in philosophy of sport, such as: What is sport? Is it at base a type of play? How does the pursuit of victory or the pursuit of bodily excellence affect the nature of athletic activity? What exactly is sportsmanship? Students will read some of the major authors in contemporary philosophy of sport and will be encouraged to state and defend an argument regarding their own view of philosophy of sport and sport ethics.

2 units

KINE 698A – Capstone Project & KINE 698B – Capstone Project

Research oriented application and implementation of materials, current information, and operational protocols related to subject matter.

2 units
  • Articulate core leadership principles.
  • Demonstrate strategic leadership competencies.
  • Integrate leadership with their chosen concentration or field.
  • Fulfill the outcomes and objectives associated with their concentration.
  • Athletic director
  • Team owner
  • Sports agency representative
  • Sports facility coordinator
  • Athletic teacher or trainer
  • Fitness club manager
  • Recreational center manager

What can I do with a Master of Arts in Sports Management – Leadership Concentration?

Careers in sports management are varied and require different levels of education and experience. The opportunities that exist in sports management include everything from coaching/managing teams to event management to sports venue management to recreation management. Competitive candidates for some of these positions will need backgrounds or education in business and finance, law and marketing. A sports management degree from Jessup can provide this background and is geared specifically towards those that are interested in pursuing sports management careers.

How long will it take to complete?

Because we offer the Master’s in Sports Management online, students can complete the degree in two years, by taking six units in the Spring, Summer, and Fall each year.

What is the cost of tuition?

The MASM (Leadership Concentration) costs $14,940; $415 per unit.

Is there financial aid available?

Yes. Federal loans are available to qualified individuals who complete the FAFSA and are enrolled in a minimum of three units per semester.

Are there any scholarship funds available?

The University has several endowed scholarships, ranging from $500-$5,000, available specifically for ministry students. Applications are available during the spring semester and funds for successful applicants become available the following fall semester.

How many units am I required to take each semester?

You determine your own pace in the program but must take at least 3 units each semester to receive government aid.

How many units is each course?

Two Units

How long is each course?

Each course runs for seven weeks.

Do I need to be online at a specific time each week?

No. You may complete your work at times that are convenient for you. However, the courses are designed for extensive interaction between you and other students and the instructors.

Will I be required to do group work?

Groups assignments are not the norm. However, every course expects you to participate in online discussions four days each week.

At the end will there be a thesis required, or final project?

Yes. The MA in Sports Management includes a 4­ unit Capstone Project that helps you integrate what you have learned in the program with a practical sports management leadership project.

Who do I contact if I need help during a course?

For most questions your first point of contact will be your instructor. For technical support questions, please contact our IT department at

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Master of Arts

MA in Sports Management – Leadership Concentration

Program Advisor

Scott Roberts

Chair of Kinesiology

Faculty & Staff

Scott Roberts

Chair of Kinesiology

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