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PhD in Education - Sports Management

Northcentral University's Doctorate in Education with a specialization in Sports Management program is designed for education professionals who are looking to develop the skills needed to manage sports programs and lead student-athletes, particularly at the college level. Learn more about this sports management Ed.D. series here.

Official Program Name:

Doctorate in Education with a specialization in Sports Management

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Individuals who are interested in this program may have experience coaching community or school sports teams. Previous courses in business management, marketing, or sports psychology could prove helpful. Applicants to Northcentral University's online graduate programs should already possess a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

The Doctorate in Education with a specialization in Sports Management series is intended to provide learners with an understanding of postsecondary athletic governing organizations, including the National Collegiate Athletic Association, National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and National Junior College Athletic Association. Participants will be able to study trends and best practices for managing sports programs, working with athletic staff, and advising student-athletes. In addition, courses are designed to cover student-athlete eligibility and recruiting practices. Courses are also intended to explore topics specific to financial aid. Industry-relevant laws and regulations, including Title IX, are also designed to be integrated to the program.

Learning Format:


Total Credits Required:

54 - 66 credits

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available to qualifying students. Graduate students may apply for Federal Stafford Loan or the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan. Military personnel and veterans may qualify for special assistance or tuition reduction.

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Required Courses for a Doctorate in Education with a Specialization in Sports Management:

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

Foundation Requirements (6 credits)

  • EDU7101 / EDU7101-8: Foundations for Graduate Study in Education
  • EDU7001 / EDU7001-8: Advanced Scholarly Writing

Sports Management Requirements (18 credits)

  • Students select six of the following courses:
    • SM7100 / SM7100-8: Development of Human Resource Strategies in Intercollegiate Athletics
    • SM7103 / SM7103-8: Intercollegiate Sports Governance
    • SM7106 / SM7106-8: Legal Aspects of Equity in Intercollegiate Athletics
    • SM7109 / SM7109-8: Sports Compliance
    • SM7112 / SM7112-8: Advising the Student Athlete
    • LHE7006 / LHE7006-8: Student Affairs Leadership
    • LHE7011 / LHE7011-8: Higher Education Leadership

Research and Method Requirements (15 credits)

  • EDU7002 / EDU7002-8: Educational Research Methodology
  • EDU7003 / EDU7003-8: Statistics I
  • EDU7702 / EDU7702-8: Research Design
  • EDU7705 / EDU7705-8: Qualitative Methods
  • EDU7707 / EDU7707-8: Planning Dissertation Research in Education

Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (3 credits)

  • CMP9400E: Doctoral Comprehensive Examination

Dissertation Courses (12 credits)

  • DIS9401E: Doctoral Dissertation Research I
  • DIS9402E: Doctoral Dissertation Research II
  • DIS9403E: Doctoral Dissertation Research III
  • DIS9404E: Doctoral Dissertation Research III

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Upon completion of this program, graduates could be able to seek opportunities with high schools, universities, community colleges, or community recreation facilities. They could also be able to undertake additional responsibilities related to their current position.

Positions that could be sought might include:

  • Athletic director
  • Sports information officer
  • Sporting facilities coordinator
  • Sports management professor

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