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PhD in Organizational Development and Leadership - Sport, Fitness, and Wellness Management Specialization

Current or aspiring sports managers or related professionals seeking to study the most advanced topics in their fields for career advancement or enhancement purposes might consider enrolling in the Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Development and Leadership with a specialization in Sport, Fitness, and Wellness Management program. Read more about this University of the Rockies program here.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Development and Leadership with a specialization in Sport, Fitness, and Wellness Management

School Offering Program:

University of the Rockies; School of Organizational Leadership

Degree Level:

Doctorate

Program Prerequisites:

Those interested in this doctoral program might have earned a master's degree in sports administration or management, have a love of sports, and possess strong communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills. Applicants to University of the Rockies' PhD programs must hold a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education with a graduate level cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or an earned doctorate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Students entering the program who do not hold a bachelor's or master's degree in human performance technology, instructional systems design, human resource development, organizational leadership, industrial and organizational psychology, or a related field, are required to successfully complete ORG 5010 Survey of Organizational Development & Leadership I (3 credits) and ORG 5011 Survey of Organizational Development & Leadership II (3 credits) as part of the program. These two courses are designed to prepare students for the remainder of the program. Those students not required to take the introductory courses at University of the Rockies are responsible for familiarity with foundational academic material from the field of organizational development and leadership.

Program Description:

Once they have enrolled in University of the Rockies' Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Development and Leadership with a specialization in Sport, Fitness, and Wellness Management, students could take courses addressing advanced topics in sports marketing, administration, public relations, and personnel leadership. Specialization courses could offer study of methods and concepts in executive coaching, team performance improvement, sport fundraising, endorsements and sponsorships, sports market research, burnout interventions, and sporting events marketing. Topics discussed in the core curriculum might include human resource management, workplace motivation practices, performance management, change management, and leadership practices. The writing and defense of a dissertation and a residency must also be completed.

Learning Format:

Online and Denver

Program Length:

68 credits

Financial Aid:

Financial aid is available to students who qualify. Aid opportunities include scholarships, federal financial aid programs, and veterans benefits programs.

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Required Courses for a Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Development and Leadership, Sport, Fitness, and Wellness Management Specialization:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact University of the Rockies to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Required Courses

  • ORG 5010: Survey of Organizational Development & Leadership I (3 credits)
  • ORG 5011: Survey of Organizational Development & Leadership II (3 credits)
  • ORG 7519: History & Systems of Industrial & Organizational Psychology (3 credits)
  • ORG 8530: Influence, Motivation, & Persuasion in the Workplace (3 credits)
  • ORG 7500: Diversity in the Workplace (3 credits)
  • ORG 8511: Advanced Topics in Performance Management (3 credits)
  • ORG 8510: Advanced Seminar: Leading Organizational Change (3 credits)
  • ORG 8518: Professional & Business Ethics in Organizational Leadership (3 credits)*
  • ORG 7410: Research Design & Methods - Qualitative (3 credits)
  • ORG 7400: Research Design & Methods - Quantitative (3 credits)
  • ORG 7402: Advanced Tests & Measurements (3 credits)
  • ORG 7101: Assessment Tools for Organizational Leadership (3 credits)*
  • ORG 7415: Advanced Statistics (3 credits)
  • ORG 8015: Marketing & Public Relations in Sport, Fitness, & Wellness (3 credits)
  • ORG 8001: Sport Funding & Finance for the Sport, Fitness, & Wellness Manager (3 credits)
  • ORG 8003: Law & Personnel Management for the Sport, Fitness, & Wellness Manager (3 credits)
  • ORG 8005: Group & Team Dynamics in Sport, Fitness, & Wellness (3 credits)*
  • ORG 8010: Organizational Burnout in Sport, Fitness, & Wellness Management (3 credits)
  • ORG 8013: Transformational Leadership & Corporate Wellness in Sport, Fitness, & Wellness (3 credits)
  • ORG 8770: Doctoral Capstone Seminar (4 credits)
  • ORG 8910: Dissertation Planning I (1 credit)
  • ORG 8912: Dissertation Planning II (1 credit)
  • ORG 8990: Dissertation (5 credits)

*This course may not be transferred in. For online students this is a weekend in-residence requirement in Denver (Friday midday to Sunday midday). Dates will be published in advance. Travel and related expenses are the responsibility of the student. However, these costs are included within the Federal Financial Aid Cost of Attendance.

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

University of the Rockies' Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational Development and Leadership with a specialization in Sport, Fitness, and Wellness Management program is generally designed to prepare students to pursue academic careers in a higher education institution. Upon graduation, they might explore instructional or administrative opportunities in public or private colleges or universities. They might also apply what they have learned in this program to directorial positions in sports organizations, marketing companies, or the fitness industry.

Jobs graduates could pursue include:

  • Postsecondary recreation and fitness studies teacher
  • General or operations manager
  • Gaming and sports book writer or runner
  • Amusement and recreation attendant
  • Athletic trainer
  • Fitness and wellness coordinator

Special Terms and Conditions: The Sport, Fitness, and Wellness Management Specialization in the Doctor of Philosophy is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional. University of the Rockies does not represent that this program meets certification or licensure requirements in any state. It is the student's responsibility to review any state certification or licensure requirements in their intended field of employment.

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