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Master's in Sports Leadership

If you dream of leading a team of athletes as your career, this Master of Arts in Sports Leadership program will prepare you for a successful career. Our masters in sports leadership develops leaders by shaping their management and organizational skills. Once you begin, you’ll quickly understand why IWU is a great place to enroll in a sports leadership master’s program.Whether you choose an administrative role, leadership role, or even starting your own organization, our program will prepare you for excellence in the world of sports.

Why Pursue My Master’s in Sports Leadership at IWU?

Students searching for Sports Leadership Master’s programs should consider the additional benefits IWU has to offer. Students benefit from a full system of support that includes tutoring, tech support, and full-time chaplains for additional guidance. Our Christian faculty teach from the same biblical worldview valued on our campus, so that students can implement these principles in a fulfilling career. If you have an interest in coaching, managing teams, or working in administrative/leadership roles in sports organizations, this is the perfect graduate program for your goals. Plus, we lock in the rate of your tuition once you start the program. This eliminates the worry of unexpected rate increases after you begin classes.

What Will I Learn in This MS in Sports Leadership Program?

This Master’s in Sports Leadership is geared to help students with a passion for athletics become leaders in the field of sports and recreation. Course topics include marketing, finance, organizational behavior, leadership, and more. In less than two years, you can complete this program with the benefit of online education. Throughout the program, students receive the same level of attention and support they expect from a campus-based classroom experience.

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

Tuition & Aid

30 Credit Hours


$499/ Credit Hour

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

Financial AidTuition Info

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
What You Will Study in This MS in Sports Leadership Program

The curriculum for this Master’s in Sports Leadership program covers how to:

  • Learn and apply sports leadership theories to effective management skills
  • Understand the legal and technical aspects of sports and athletic organizations
  • Apply data-driven information to decision-making and strategy development
  • Be a driver for positive change who can lead with confidence in diverse and global contexts
  • Integrate biblical principles into sports leadership contexts

After Graduation
Potential Careers

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

Work in Various Industries

  • Industries

Program Requirements
  • 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.
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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

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