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M.S. in Sport Leadership and Management

The Master of Science in Sport Leadership and Management is a research-based study of sport from psychological, sociocultural, developmental, and managerial perspectives. Students gain the knowledge and skills needed to become competent, transformative leaders in the sport industry.

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to synthesize and discover gaps in the literature to develop evidence-based research questions and a research proposal that demonstrates their understanding of the sport studies, sport science, or sport management literature.
  2. Students will conduct and orally defend a research project designed to create new knowledge for the sport studies, sport science, or sport management field.
  3. Students will be able to integrate and practically apply their knowledge of the sport studies, sport science, and/or sport management literature toward the development of strategies to enhance participation and performance in sport, and/or to enhance the management or culture of sport.

Conduct Research

Students have the opportunity to participate in research experiences with faculty or by completing a Master's thesis. This research-based program prepares students to apply for doctoral programs in sport psychology, sport management, sport communication, or coaching.  

Prepare for Your Role

The program prepares students for leadership roles in sport psychology, sport management, higher education, coaching, athletic administration, student-athlete development, and mental performance consulting through required coursework, independent experiences in research, teaching, consulting, coaching, and administrative internships.

Targeted Careers

Careers targeted by the Sport Leadership program across a variety of sport contexts include: 

  • Sport management positions in collegiate and professional sport
  • Collegiate and professional sport coaching positions
  • Academic coordinators in university athletic departments
  • Athletic administration
  • Recreational sport coordinators
  • University professors
  • Sport psychology consultants


Graduating Leaders

The Sport Leadership and Management program has prepared outstanding leaders in the sport industry for over 40 years. Students benefit from advisors who are committed to their academic success, small class sizes, and a lot of engagement with professors and other students. The Oxford campus is one of the most beautiful in the country and provides students with an experience they never forget. 

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Program Info

Admission requirements include a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution (with a recommended 3.0-grade point average), undergraduate transcript, resume/cv, personal statement, and one letter of recommendation.

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551 E. High Street
Laws Hall 118
Oxford, OH 45056