Online Master - Sports Leadership

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Overview of the Online Master of Arts in Sports Leadership Program

Are you making a game plan for your career? Your next move could be a degree in sports leadership. 

At Indiana Wesleyan University, our online Master of Arts in Sports Leadership program will help you turn your passion for sports into a leadership career that will keep you in the game for years to come. No need for a background or prior education in sports management. Whether you’ve been an athlete or a business professional, this program will prepare you for a growing area that involves more than just the field or court. You’ll graduate with the skills and knowledge to lead in the sports and recreation industry. And it’s completely online, meaning you don’t need to pause your life to earn this degree. 

• Flexible, online learning 

• 30 credits / Complete in as few as 18 months 

• No GRE required 

• Experiential learning capstone project - non-thesis program 

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You’ll Learn To…

  • Apply leadership theories to sports management
  • Manage the legal and technical aspects of sports organizations
  • Integrate faith into leadership in a variety of contexts
  • Use data to support decision-making and problem-solving
  • Apply principles and practices of change leadership
  • Lead effectively in multicultural and global contexts

Career Options

  • Coach
  • Athletic Director
  • Sports Marketing
  • Professional or Collegiate Sports Team Administrator
  • Sports Journalism


30 Total
$499/ Credit Hour *

Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing


Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans benefits, and employer reimbursement.


Here is the list of courses required to complete the program. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles. For further information, feel free to contact us.

10 Core Courses

These courses contain the program-specific knowledge. Upon completion, you should have the tools to conquer your new career with confidence. 



Click on each section to expand the different requirements for this program. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

  • A baccalaureate degree from a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by both the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 in all undergraduate work.

  • All 30 credits required in the curriculum sequence with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum grade of "C" in each course. A grade of "C-" or below will require the course to be repeated.
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 in all IWU graduate work.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a diploma.


The Online Master of Sports Leadership at Indiana Wesleyan University has many convenient starts throughout the year. Listed below are the next available starts. If you don’t see a start that fits your schedule, connect with our enrollment team to see more future starts.


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

*Effective 07-01-2023 through 06-30-2024