Graduate Certificate in Sports Communication

This certificate allows students to explore both sports marketing and online communication strategies across multiple platforms. How do you manage messaging, brand consistency, content curation, fan engagement, etc. through the various online channels that exist today and may emerge tomorrow? Combining courses from the Sports Administration and Information Design & Strategy programs, this certificate is designed for those interested in or already working in communications careers in the multi-faceted sports industry.





Complete this four-course certificate and apply two courses to either the MA in Sports Administration or MS in Information Design and Strategy program at SPS.


About the Graduate Certificate in Sports Communication

Graduate Certificate in Sports Communication Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of the Sports Communication certificate, students will be able to:

  • Gain theoretical and practical knowledge of marketing principles and techniques in sports (MSA 402)
  • Analyze the many facets of the sports marketing industry at the professional, collegiate, and amateur levels, including market research and segmentation, advertising, sponsorship, licensing, and public and media relations (MSA 402)
  • Examine and analyze the impact of new technology on the business of sports, focusing on video distribution, social media, fantasy sports, eSports, data & analytics, stadium technology, digital advertising, among others. (MSA 458)
  • Gain hands-on experience with the latest design frameworks and methodologies that focus on the end user (IDS 401)
  • Plan and execute content that supports an organization’s goals (IDS 407)
  • Implement a social media strategy by effectively identifying, selecting, and sharing best and most relevant online content for target audience (IDS 433)

Sports Communication Curriculum

Students are required to complete the following four courses to earn the certificate:

  • MSA 402 Fundamentals of Sports Marketing
  • MSA 458 Digital Media in Sports or MSA 406 Sports Public Relations
  • IDS 401 User Centered Design or IDS 433 Social Media and Content Curation
  • IDS 407 Information and Content Strategy

Review curriculum details while you consider applying to this program. Current students should refer to the curriculum requirements in place at time of entry into the program.

Sports Communication Courses

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Sports Communication Admission

A variety of factors are considered when your application is reviewed. Background and experience vary from student to student. For a complete list of requirements, see the Graduate Certificate Admission page.

Tuition for the Sports Communication Certificate

Tuition for the Graduate Certificate in Healthcare Industry program at Northwestern is comparable to similar US programs. Complete details can be found on the Sports Communication Certificate Tuition page.

Registration Information for Sports Communication

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Sports Communication Faculty

Instructors in the Graduate Certificate in Sports Communication program at Northwestern are leading scholars and practitioners in their field. They bring real-world experiences to the classroom and engage with students on a personal level. Get to know the instructors on our Sports Communication Faculty page.

Applying Credit to Master's Degree Programs

Students that elect to apply to a master's program before completing a graduate certificate will be able to count a maximum of two courses completed in the certificate toward their associated master's degree, but there will be no certificate conferred.

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