The Sport Management Concentration of the Master of Science in Leadership program will empower students with in-depth knowledge, leadership, and management skills necessary to demonstrate and maintain accountability for professional standards, practices and ethics in interscholastic athletics. This concentration is offered in partnership with the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA).
- Empower professional athletic administrators to enhance the daily operations of athletics departments and deliver athletic programs that best serve students, schools, and communities
- Prepare responsible athletic administrators to consider all aspects of liability related to athletic performance and maintain a strategic plan for managing risk and maintaining safety, equity, and integrity in the context of interscholastic athletic programs
- Equip athletic administrators to secure, maintain and manage safe, resilient and attractive indoor and outdoor athletic facilities and equipment that is readily available to students for athletic preparation and interscholastic competitive events
This concentration is for individuals currently serving in an athletic administration role, or wishing to secure such a role, non-teaching athletic coaches who desire to fulfill employment and education requirements for public school coaching positions, and individuals who wish to pursue the National Interscholastic Athletic Administration Association (NIAAA) Certified CAA OR RA Athletic Administrator certification.
The tri–state area of Indiana, Michigan and Ohio is home to 1,739 middle schools and 1,837 high schools. Together these institutions field an estimated 35,000 athletic teams that serve almost 750,000 students. The safety, health and proper athletic development of these students is entrusted to the dedicated athletic administrators and coaches that serve in area schools.
The need for this learning opportunity spans beyond this area, to any athletic administration or coaching professional who wishes to pursue advanced athletic administration knowledge and skills.Because the concentration is structured for delivery both as part of the Master of Science in Leadership and as a stand-alone certificate program, individuals who wish to increase their employment ranking in public or private schools can pursue the MSL, while those who just desire the advanced content-area knowledge and CAA certification can pursue the graduate certificate.