Graduate Certificate in Sports Management

Sports is a huge economic enterprise that offers a wide range of career opportunities — but competition for sports-related jobs can be quite heavy.

Sports administration courses are taught by faculty members who share their insights and practical knowledge based on extensive professional experience in sports. The program offers access to team executives and professionals in areas such as operations, marketing, and sponsorship in collegiate, professional, and amateur athletics. The certificate curriculum offers a range of core courses and electives to enable you to focus on your areas of interest.




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Complete this four-course certificate and apply your credit to Northwestern’s Master of Arts in Sports Administration program. See below for details about applying credit.


Build Skills for Career Success in Sports Management

An interdisciplinary professional certificate program, certificate students will gain the opportunity to learn the knowledge, skills and aptitude to:

  • Lead enterprising sports organizations within an evolving environment
  • Synthesize data to support evidence based decision making
  • Evaluate revenue streams and risk mitigation
  • Create effective business plans to set strategic direction of a sports entity

Graduate Certificate in Sports Management Curriculum

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

  • MSA 403 Sports Organizations: Leadership Theory & Application
  • MSA 404 Sports Business: Finance, Accounting and Economics
  • Two courses from the remaining offerings of the curriculum


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.


Applying Credit to the Master of Arts in Sports Administration Program

Students that are interested in the option of applying their credit to Northwestern's Master of Arts in Sports Administration program must submit an online application and submit all required application materials.

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

If you are interested in exploring this option, please contact the SPS graduate advising team for information on how to pursue a master's degree at SPS.

Find out more about Northwestern's Graduate Certificate in Sports Management

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