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

Graduate program director
Carrie W. LeCrom, Ph.D.
Interim executive director, Center for Sport Leadership
(804) 828-6443

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Business Administration, Master of (M.B.A.)/Sport Leadership, Master of Education (M.Ed.) [dual degree]

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Admission requirements

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

of entry:


Apr 15
Nov 1
Mar 15


In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School, the following requirements represent the minimum acceptable standards for admission:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate discipline
  2. Three letters of recommendation addressing the student’s potential for graduate study in education
  3. Student’s written statement concerning career interests
  4. Transcripts of all previous college work

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

VCU Graduate Bulletin, VCU Graduate School and general academic policies and regulations for all graduate students in all graduate programs

The VCU Graduate Bulletin website documents the official admission and academic rules and regulations that govern graduate education for all graduate programs at the university.  These policies are established by the graduate faculty of the university through their elected representatives to the University Graduate Council.

It is the responsibility of all graduate students, both on- and off-campus, to be familiar with the VCU Graduate Bulletin as well as the Graduate School website and academic regulations in individual school and department publications and on program websites. However, in all cases, the official policies and procedures of the University Graduate Council, as published on the VCU Graduate Bulletin and Graduate School websites, take precedence over individual program policies and guidelines.

General academic regulations for
all graduate students in all graduate programs at VCU

Program goal

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, as well as the ability to utilize these skills and traits in a professional setting.

Degree requirements

In addition to general VCU Graduate School graduation requirements, students are required to complete course work in core and elective courses.

  1. Credit hour requirements: Students are required to complete a minimum of 36 credit hours.
  2. Grade requirements: Receipt of a grade of C or below in two courses constitutes automatic dismissal from the program. Courses with a grade below C cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements.
  3. Examination requirement: Students must pass a comprehensive examination (see below).
  4. Externship requirement: Students must complete an externship in the sport field.

Comprehensive examination:

  1. Written comprehensive examinations are required for all graduate students in the VCU Center for Sport Leadership.
  2. Comprehensive examinations will take place at the end of the spring semester for each cohort of full-time, on-campus students and at the completion of 30 credit hours of course work for all part-time/distance-learning students.
  3. Comprehensive examinations will be evaluated in a pass/fail format.
  4. Comprehensive examinations will be independently evaluated by two faculty members; in the case that the faculty members disagree, a third faculty member will be brought in for a final decision.
  5. Any student failing the comprehensive examination will have one additional opportunity to pass the exam. Failure to pass the comprehensive examination the second time will result in the student being dropped from the degree program.

Curriculum requirements

Courses Credit hours
Required core 18
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 (hours dependent on credits for externship) 6-9
SPTL/HEMS 591 Topical Seminar (maximum 6) 1-3
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 9-12
SPTL 604 Research Practicum 3
SPTL 607 Field Instruction 3
SPTL 692 Independent Study 1-3
SPTL 695 Externship 3-6
Total graduate credit hours required (minimum) 36

Degree candidacy requirements

A graduate student admitted to a program or concentration requiring a final research project, work of art, thesis or dissertation, must qualify for continuing master’s or doctoral status according to the degree candidacy requirements of the student’s graduate program. Admission to degree candidacy, if applicable, is a formal statement by the graduate student’s faculty regarding the student’s academic achievements and the student’s readiness to proceed to the final research phase of the degree program.

Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following degree candidacy policy as published in the VCU Graduate Bulletin for complete information and instructions.

Degree candidacy requirements

Graduation requirements

As graduate students approach the end of their academic programs and the final semester of matriculation, they must make formal application to graduate. No degrees will be conferred until the application to graduate has been finalized.

Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following graduation requirements as published in the Graduate Bulletin for a complete list of instructions and a graduation checklist.

Graduation requirements



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