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Sport Leadership, Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Carrie LeCrom, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Sport Leadership
(804) 828-6443

Admission requirements summary

Sport Leadership, Master of Education (M.Ed.)

of entry:


Apr 15
Nov 1
Mar 15

Special requirements:
Students should contact the Center for Sport Leadership at VCU at (804) 828-7821 or link directly to for information and application materials.

The Center for Sport Leadership at VCU offers a structured graduate program combining classroom theory with exposure to relevant field experiences. Through the sport leadership program, students will be prepared to assume the responsibilities for developing professional and amateur athletes, and managing sports programs in a variety of academic, public and private sectors. The interdisciplinary faculty and curriculum give students the opportunity to concentrate on areas most important to them and most relevant to the sports business. Students of the program are required to complete a comprehensive examination.

The center offers graduate courses online for those students who want to take advantage of educational opportunities via the Internet. Currently, three classes are available each semester.

Student learning outcomes

  1. Content knowledge of sport industry. Students will be able to analyze and synthesize information and develop plans to address issues in sport leadership.
  2. Development of interpersonal skills and professionalism. Students will demonstrate interpersonal skills and professionalism appropriate to the fields of sport management and coaching.
  3. Development of leadership skills. Students will demonstrate content knowledge of leadership skills and traits, and the ability to utilize these skills and traits in a professional setting.

Comprehensive examination

For more information and to obtain an application for the sport leadership program, phone (804) 828-7821; fax (804) 828-7526; or visit the Web site at

Required core
SPTL 603 Research Methods in Sport (3)
SPTL 630 Sociology of Sport (3)
SPTL 632 Sport Business (3)
SPTL 633 Marketing of Sport (3)
SPTL 635 Leadership Models in Sport (3)
SPTL 643 Sport Law (3)
Selective courses
SPTL/HEMS 591 Topical Seminar (1-3, maximum 6)
SPTL 604 Research Practicum (3)
SPTL 608 Sport and Entertainment Event Development (3)
SPTL 610 Sport and Entertainment Event Development (3)
SPTL 631 Contemporary Issues in Sport (3)
SPTL 634 Foundations of Coaching (3)
SPTL 640 Sport Media and Communications (3)
SPTL 641 Sports Psychology (3)
SPTL 642 Sport Ethics (3)
SPTL 644 NCAA Collegiate Coaching (3)
SPTL 651 Advanced Coaching Techniques (3)
SPTL 691 Topics in Sport Leadership (3)
Field experiences
SPTL 604 Research Practicum (3)
SPTL 607 Field Instruction (3)
SPTL 692 Independent Study (1-3)
SPTL 695 Externship (3-6)




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