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2019-2020 Van Loan Catalog 
2019-2020 Van Loan Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sport Leadership (Master of Science)

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The Master of Science in Sport Leadership is a 39-credit program that prepares the student for a career in the sport industry - whether it’s working within an educational institution, professional sport team, marketing, communications, non-profit organizations, organizations that offer sport wellness and fitness services, city and state recreation departments and even international positions. Our program will provide the education that prepares you for a career in sports leadership.

This program is based on the belief that learning leads to change, and individuals, with the ability to learn and evolve continuously, will be successful as leaders or managers in the dynamic environment of the sport industry. In addition to the focus study of sport leadership, the curriculum will provide students with an in-depth look at the diverse and expanding practice of sport leadership skills in an international context.

The program of study addresses the knowledge and skills in the philosophies of sport as well as all aspects of sport leadership. Besides completing the core courses, the MS program allows students to select their own course electives in accordance with their area(s) of interest. This makes it possible for students to create a degree that is focused toward their specific motivation.

Graduates can seek sport leadership positions in the following areas: secondary sport, college sport, professional sport, recreational sport, sport marketing, sport communication, event and facility management - both home and abroad.

Graduates can seek leadership positions in the following areas: secondary sport, college sport, recreational sport, sport marketing, event management, facility management - both home and abroad.

The Sport Leadership Program (formerly known as Athletic Administration) has been awarded Maximum Accreditation (7 years) by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA).

These courses have been aligned to meet the accreditation standards for COSMA.

Note: The following four courses, SLD 550 Successful Sport Officiating, SLD 552 Sport First Aid, SLD 553 Successful Coaching, SLD 556 Concussion in Sport, are part of a Professional Development Category. Students officially enrolled in the program can only choose one of these courses as a substitute for a concentration course. Students not officially enrolled in the program can register for as many of these courses as they would like, but cannot apply for more than one course to be applied to the program.

Admissions Requirements

All candidates must apply online at:

Applicants should submit the following to Van Loan School Admissions, Endicott College, 376 Hale Street, Beverly, MA 01915

  • Non-refundable $50.00 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College, cash or online) Application fee waived for veteran and military students;
  • Two letters of recommendation (one academic reference and one professional reference);
  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic work sent directly from the institution(s) including confirmation of undergraduate degree, date confirmed, and any other graduate work;
  • Essay of 250-500 words on career goals and motivation for graduate study;
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all students whose native language is not English; minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (iBT) is required. The institutional code for Endicott College is 3369. Endicott also accepts an IELTS score of 6.0 or better;
  • Interview with the program director
  • All admissions requirements must be satisfied in order to be formally accepted in a degree program. Students must be formally admitted to a program before the completion of six Endicott credits.

International Applicants for Graduate Admission
Endicott College welcomes and encourages applicants from around the world. International applicants are required to hold a college or university degree equivalent to a four-year American baccalaureate degree. Educational documents in a foreign language are required to be translated into English. All transcripts and translations of transcripts must be official originals and must show courses completed, grades received, grading scale, duration of study, degree or diploma received, and the date conferred. Endicott College reserves the right to request verification of the credentials by an external agency.

International applicants must submit current TOEFL scores when their native language is not English or when their baccalaureate transcript is not from an institution where English is the language of instruction. Once students have been admitted as degree candidates, Endicott College will send detailed instructions about the process for acquiring an Endicott-sponsored student visa.

Program of Study

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will:

  • Investigate the interrelationship between sport, culture, and society through a sport leader’s 
  • Interpret and analyze the role and responsibilities of human resources, finance, governance, compliance, risk management, operations, technology, and the management, planning, organization, and administration in the sport industry
  • Distinguish between key aspects of various careers within the sport industry and how an effective leader approaches decision making in these dynamic environments
  • Identify and evaluate career options in the sport industry, formulate transferable skills, construct a job search strategy, resume, LinkedIn profile and cover letter. 

Required Electives

SLD Elective #1 - 3 cr. 
SLD Elective #2 - 3 cr. 
SLD Elective #3 - 3 cr. 

Total Degree Requirements - 39 credits

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