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  • Online Sports Leadership Certificate Program

    ***The Sport Leadership Certificate program will not be accepting new students for the Academic Year 2023-2024. More information to follow.***

    With Drexel University's online Graduate Certificate in Sport Leadership, you can take your coaching goals to the next level. You’ll learn to lead and communicate effectively with athletes and program stakeholders, using these skills to become a valued asset to the athletic community.

    Drexel’s online sport leadership program is designed to support students from different backgrounds and career levels, including former athletes looking for their next career move in sports, educators interested in moving into the field of coaching, and current coaches looking to improve their coaching practices. The curriculum brings together theory and practice to provide you with a strong research foundation to support data-driven solutions for current and emerging issues in the industry.

    What is a Sport Leadership Certificate?

    A sport leadership certificate prepares you to be an impactful leader both on and off the field. At Drexel, this online certificate is offered through the School of Education, and the curriculum is grounded in both coaching theory and pedagogy. Course content focuses on a leadership development plan, including enhancing skills in communication, planning, evaluations, and ethical decision-making.

    Sport Leadership Program Features

    • 100% online so you can learn on your schedule
    • Focus on diversity, equity and inclusion in coaching
    • Evidence-based best practices from the most up-to-date solutions in the area of sport coaching
    • Faculty members have served in national and international leadership roles in sport, including the U.S. Center for Coaching Excellence, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, and the International Council for Coaching Excellence

    How Long Does it Take to Earn a Certificate in Sport Leadership?

    This online sport leadership certificate consists of four, three-credit courses, for a total of 12 credits. You can complete the certificate in four quarters, which takes about one year.

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    What Can You Do with a Certificate in Sport Leadership?

    Drexel’s online sports leadership program prepares you for dynamic and diverse careers within organizations such as:

    • K-12 schools
    • National and international sport associations
    • Public, private, and for-profit four-year and two-year colleges and universities
    • Sport organizations

    Whether you’re currently working in this space and want to advance your career, or are hoping to break into the field, this certificate prepares you for success. And, because the program is entirely online, you can continue working while completing the program.

    What Salary Can You Earn with a Certificate in Sport Leadership?

    The demand for coaches is on the rise. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for coaches and scouts is expected to rise 12%, much faster than average, between 2019-2029. While your salary can vary based on your exact title and location, some common salaries and job titles related to the sports leadership program include:

    • Assistant Coach - $30,000
    • Athletic Director - $60,687
    • Head Coach - $52,087

    Source: Payscale.com and Glassdoor.com

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    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Required Courses  
    SCL 501 Coaching Theory and Principles 3.0
    SCL 503 Learning Strategies in Coaching 3.0
    SCL 504 Coaching Psychology 3.0
    SMT 629 Managing Coaches & Teams 3.0
    Total Credits 12.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • An essay describing why you're interested in pursuing this program
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 0-1 is $0 per credit.

    For the academic year 2023-2024, students enrolled in an online graduate academic program will be charged a graduate online program fee of $125 per year.

    • This program is not eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates are available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2023-2024 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2023

    September 26, 2023

    December 9, 2023

    December 11, 2023

    December 16, 2023

    Winter 2024

    January 8, 2024

    March 16, 2024

    March 18, 2024

    March 23, 2024

    Spring 2024

    April 1, 2024

    June 8, 2024

    June 10, 2024

    June 15, 2024

    Summer 2024

    June 24, 2024

    August 31, 2024

    September 3, 2024

    September 7, 2024


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