Graduate Certificate program in Sport and Fitness Management at Northwestern University

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The College Sports Management specialization focuses on the unique management issues related to collegiate athletics in the United States. College sports, an ~$8 billion industry, plays a vital role in the US sports market, higher education, media, and the social justice landscape. Students learn manage the internal and external workings of an athletics department, including the unique human resource, legal, compliance, public relations, marketing, sponsorship, and financial issues facing college athletic departments.

the Graduate Certificate in College Sports Management.

Graduate Certificate in College Sports Management Learning Outcomes.

Applying Credit to the MA in Sports Administration Program.

After successful completion of the certificate, students will be able to:.

Engage with stakeholders to address the revenue demands and financial stability of college sports.

Manage emerging student and coach-based issues in the field of college sports.

Understand the university and national governance structure in college sports.

Examine college sports unique budgeting challenges and issues.

Understand accounting and finance vocabulary, using financial information to analyze the performance of sports organizations.

Develop budgets for an organization or department understanding tax implications and stadium financing options.

Students are required to complete the following four courses to earn the certificate:.

MSA 453-DL College Sports Management Internal Affairs.

MSA 454-DL College Sports Management External Affairs.

Review curriculum details while you consider applying to this program. Current students should refer to the curriculum requirements in place at time of entry into the program.

Explore College Sports Management Courses.

A variety of factors are considered when your application is reviewed. Background and experience vary from student to student. For a complete list of requirements, see the Graduate Certificate Admission page.

Tuition for this program at Northwestern is comparable to similar US programs. Complete details can be found on the College Sports Management Certificate Tuition page.

Students that are interested in the option of applying their credit to the SPS MA in Sports Administration program must submit an online application and submit all required application materials.

Students that elect to apply to a master program before completing a graduate certificate will be able to count completed courses toward the applicable master degree, but there will be no certificate conferred.

Find out Northwestern Graduate Certificate in College Sports Management.

No Information Duration
- Credit hours
Yes GRE Required
Yes Scholarships Available

Composition of student population

21 Post-master's certificate
23 Postbaccalaureate certificate

Tuition for Sport and Fitness Management graduate program at Northwestern University

$56,567 In-state Tuition & Fees
$56,567 Out-of-state Tuition & Fees

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