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Sport Leadership Program (M.S.)

  • Program Overview

    M.S. in Sport Leadership (39 Credits)

    100% online, on your schedule

    We believe that learning leads to personal growth, and relationship building helps blaze a successful trail to dynamic opportunities in the sport industry. With a focus on sport management and administration; and current trends in the sport industry, you’ll gain a solid foundation to pursue careers at schools, colleges, and universities; non-profit organizations and businesses; sport fitness and wellness facilities; recreation department and state parks; and sport governing bodies.

    Our expert faculty and advisory board include leaders from MLB, NBA, NHL, NCAA, secondary and higher education, the Olympics, recognized sports foundations, and more.

    • 39-credit program perfect for working professionals
    • Flexible four- to six-week courses
    • Networking opportunities
    • Personal advising and
    • Job placement support: 95% of our graduates scored a job in the sport industry
    • Affordable tuition
    • No GRE required

    Become a leader in sports and recreation.

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    Sport industry leaders taught by all-star faculty.
  • Curriculum

    Admission Requirements

    All candidates must apply online at:

    Applicants should submit the following to Graduate Admissions, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915

    • Non-refundable $50.00 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College, cash or online) Application fee waived for veteran and military students;
    • Two letters of recommendation (one academic reference and one professional reference);
    • Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic work sent directly from the institution(s) including confirmation of undergraduate degree, date confirmed, and any other graduate work;
    • Essay of 250-500 words on career goals and motivation for graduate study;
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all students whose native language is not English; minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (iBT) is required. The institutional code for Endicott College is 3369. Endicott also accepts an IELTS score of 6.0 or better;
    • Interview with the program director
    • All admissions requirements must be satisfied in order to be formally accepted in a degree program. Students must be formally admitted to a program before the completion of six Endicott credits.

    International Applicants for Graduate Admission
    Endicott College welcomes and encourages applicants from around the world. International applicants are required to hold a college or university degree equivalent to a four-year American baccalaureate degree. Educational documents in a foreign language are required to be translated into English. All transcripts and translations of transcripts must be official originals and must show courses completed, grades received, grading scale, duration of study, degree or diploma received, and the date conferred. Endicott College reserves the right to request verification of the credentials by an external agency.

    International applicants must submit current TOEFL scores when their native language is not English or when their baccalaureate transcript is not from an institution where English is the language of instruction. Once students have been admitted as degree candidates, Endicott College will send detailed instructions about the process for acquiring an Endicott-sponsored student visa.

    Program of Study

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this program, students will:

    • Investigate the interrelationship between sport, culture, and society through a sport leader's
    • Interpret and analyze the role and responsibilities of human resources, finance, governance, compliance, risk management, operations, technology, and the management, planning, organization, and administration in the sport industry
    • Distinguish between key aspects of various careers within the sport industry and how an effective leader approaches decision making in these dynamic environments
    • Identify and evaluate career options in the sport industry, formulate transferable skills, construct a job search strategy, resume, LinkedIn profile and cover letter.

    Required Curriculum

    • SLD 501 - Contemporary Issues in Sport (Cr: 3)
    • SLD 505 - Strategic Management and Leadership in Athletic Administration (Cr: 3)
    • SLD 507 - Preparing for a Career in Sport (Cr: 3)
    • SLD 511 - Sport Marketing and Media (Cr: 3)
    • SLD 560 - Financial Resources Management (Cr: 3)
    • SLD 521 - Sport Law and Risk Management (Cr: 3)
    • SLD 580 - Facilities Planning in Sport (Cr: 3)
    • SLD 586 - Event Planning and Programming (Cr: 3)
    • SLD 571 - The Impact of Technology in Sport (Cr: 3)
    • SLD 599 - Comprehensive Seminar in Athletic Administration (Cr: 3)
    • SLD 588A - Sport Management Practicum (Cr: 3)

    Required Electives

    SLD Elective #1 - 3 cr.
    SLD Elective #2 - 3 cr.
    SLD Elective #3 - 3 cr.

    Total Degree Requirements - 39 credits

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  • Networking & Careers

    A master’s degree in sport leadership from Endicott College is your ticket to a rewarding career. We are dedicated to our students’ success and help them find exciting internships or job opportunities.

    Sport Leadership students and alumni work in a variety of sport-related industries such as:

    • Anglo-American School of Moscow
    • Burlington, Mass. Parks & Recreation
    • Cambridge, Mass. Public Schools
    • Edge Sports Group/ESG Associates
    • Endicott College
    • Good Sports, Inc.
    • International School of Beijing
    • Johns Hopkins University
    • Learfield Sports
    • Peloton
    • Premier Hoops
    • Massachusetts Department of Youth Services
    • National Football League (NFL)
    • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
    • New Hampshire Fisher Cats (MLB Double-A Affiliate)
    • St. John’s Prep, Danvers, Mass.
    • University of New Hampshire

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  • External Advisory Board

    External Advisory Board


    The Endicott College School of Sport Science Graduate Sport Leadership Program Advisory Board was created in order to develop and nurture connections with leaders in the sport industry. The advisory board will contribute to our vision of achieving excellence in graduate level sport business education. The board will serve as an advisory role to the Sport Leadership faculty, providing critical input related to the program’s curriculum to ensure that graduate students are prepared for the changing and emerging demands of sport business and related industries. The board will also provide important links to the sport business community, facilitating internships and employment opportunities for the Graduate
    Sport Leadership program students.

    André G. Allen, MBA/TM; Owner, Entrepreneur, Coach & Speaker at Crossroads Moments

    Tony Aubrey M'20; Team Leader at OVN
    Darryl Dionne; Director of Communications & Business Development, Professional Hockey Players' Association

    Alyssa Gelbard;  Founder & President, Point Road Group

    Tony Giarla, Founder & Executive Director, AVPFirst

    Rich Gray; Vice President, PLAE USA

    Chris Gronkowski; CEO Ice Shaker

    Gordie Gronkowski, Jr; Co-owner Gronk Fitness Equipment

    Clint Henderson; President/Owner at Every Brand Apparel

    Doug Holtzman; Vice President Business Development at Sportsdigita

    Lisa Murawsky; Executive Director, Brussels Sports Association

    Jameson Pelkey ’07 M’09; Director of Athletics, St. John's Prep

    Chuck Thuss; Certified Professional Coach | Professional Speaker at Compassionate Connection | Co-Founder & Host of Warriors Unmasked-The Podcast

Sport Leadership M.S.

With our affordable and accelerated graduate program, you'll become a skilled leader in the sport industry sooner than you think.

$21,918 Affordable Tuition
We offer incredible value despite a lower tuition than our competitors. Compare us to other programs and see for yourself.
39 Credits Required
Our program is designed for working professionals and athletes. Classes are online—on your schedule.
12-18 Months to Completion
In less than two years, you’ll be qualified to secure a leadership position in the sport industry.
"When I was looking to see which master's program would work best for me, Endicott was the clear winner. The structure of the classes was great—a short time frame to move through the program, but also long enough to get everything I needed out of each class. I knew the direction I wanted when I started taking classes, but the professors and classes really helped me narrow down what I wanted to do full time, and prepared me for working in the sport industry today.”"
Taylor Mead M‘17

In Video

Jameson Pelkey Turns His Sports Passion into a Career at St. John's Prep
Want to turn your sports passion into a career? Well, thanks in part to Endicott College’s sport management and sport leadership programs, Jameson Pelkey ’07 M’09 is already living that dream at St. John’s Prep.
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Alumni Score Jobs in Sport Industry
Endicott College master's degree program helps launch careers in the competitive world of sport.
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Double Gull Leading the Way in Sport Leadership
Jameson Pelkey has risen through the ranks at St. John’s Prep and thanks Endicott College's expert faculty and program flexibility for his success.
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An Exciting Career in Athletic Administration
Taylor Teixeira's athletic administration career takes flight with opportunities at NEWMAC.
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Faculty Showcase

  • Jeff Ellison
    Jeff Ellison
    Jeff Ellison
    Jeff Ellison, head football coach of the Permian Panthers

    Born and raised in West Texas, Jeff Ellison grew up on the football field. Ellison played college football for McMurry University, where he later began his coaching career in 2002 as a student assistant for the McMurry Indians, now called the War Hawks. He moved on to become the assistant coach at Lubbock Estacado High School. After receiving his master’s degree, he continued on to work with Breckenridge High School, Pilot Point High School, and to Galena Park North Shore High School, where he spent seven seasons as the offensive line coach. In 2013, Ellison joined Permian High School as the offensive coordinator before becoming the assistant head coach and offensive line coach. After five years with the Permian Panthers, Ellison was promoted to head coach in August of 2018. Ellison teaches Successful Coaching (SLD 553).

    Photo via Janice Murrell

Commission on Sport Management Accreditation Seal


The Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) is a specialized accrediting body whose purpose is to promote and recognize excellence in sport management education worldwide in colleges and universities at the baccalaureate and graduate levels.

The following degree programs at Endicott College have received specialized accreditation through the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation located in Fort Collins, Colo.:

  • Bachelor of Science in Sport Management
  • Master of Science in Sport Leadership