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Graduate Sport Leadership Certificate

College of Business

Ready to step up your game? Gain the specific skills and strategies you need today to enhance your team's performance and prepare for future leadership opportunities with the Graduate Sport Leadership Certificate. In just 3 courses, you'll acquire great insight into how to lead your administrative or athletic team from nationally-renowned experts in leadership development. When you're ready for more leadership acumen, the certificate can also be a stepping stone to earning your master’s degree (GMAT waived) in this growing field of study valued by the sport industry.

Study Method: Online, short-term residency
Terms: Two semesters*
Coursework: 9 credits

*Certificate courses are not offered during the summer.

Admissions Requirements

A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a grade point average (GPA) of at least a 3.0 (B) is typically required for admission to a graduate certificate program. Applicants with a GPA below a 3.0 will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

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Who Should Apply?

The Graduate Sport Leadership Certificate is an ideal option to help you to quickly gain new skills and strategies to apply on the job today that will also position you for future advancement. It is a great choice for: 

  • Athletic administrators
  • Athletic coaches
  • Managers in sport organizations
  • Sport marketing professionals

Learn from Leadership Experts

In our AACSB International accredited College of Business, you will by taught by expert faculty with extensive sport and leadership expertise. You'll learn leadership theory, personal leadership assessment, and directed leadership development mentoring based on the Klein Group Instrument (KGI) model of positive social psychology and team dynamics developed by Western New England's Dr. Robert Klein.

AACSB International

The best business schools in the world are accredited by AACSB International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Western New England University is the only private institution in western Massachusetts accredited by AACSB International and among fewer than 5% of business schools in the world to hold this accreditation.

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Sport Management

Our stellar Sport Management faculty includes professors with years of experience in the sport industry, including an MLB sport agent/attorney, a professor who formerly worked with the U.S. Olympic Committee and the NCAA, an active sports arbitrator, an expert in collegiate and high school sports, and a veteran of professional sports and sports facility and event management. Their mentorship and industry connections make them a valued resource for both students and our highly connected sport industry alumni.

The Klein Group Instrument (KGI®)

Program Co-director Dr. Bob Klein is a nationally-respected leadership expert and the creator of The Klein Group Instrument (KGI®), an assessment designed to help people develop skills and strategies essential to maximizing performance in the team-based environment, including relationship building, stakeholder management, and conflict resolution. Dr. Klein works closely with Western New England University’s varsity teams to help students find success on and off the field. As a candidate in the MS in Sport Leadership and Coaching program you will learn firsthand how to utilize the KGI to get the most out of your team.


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