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Post-Master’s Certificate
in Sport and Athletic

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As sports and athletics continue to grow in popularity, participation, and economic value, both coaching and athletic administration have become highly sought-after professions. This post-master’s certificate is designed to enhance your leadership skills, strengthen your teaching and administrative abilities, and help you apply ethics and values to all aspects of athletics. For current coaches or athletic administrators, it offers an outstanding professional development opportunity for advancing your knowledge and skills in the field.

Courses focus on leadership, legal and ethical aspects, financial analysis, marketing, sports governance, and facilities management. Concepts are presented with an emphasis on how to apply them within today’s athletic environment in the role you wish to fulfill. Topics and coursework have a contemporary focus, emphasizing current problems, the opportunities they present, and projects and activities that are directly related to your intended work setting.

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Admission Requirements 

A conferred master’s level or higher degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution.


For the Post-Master’s Certificate in Sport and Athletic Management, you must complete 6 courses (18 credit hours). The estimated time needed to complete this certificate is 13 months.

Course Details

Course Listings

This course presents the latest human resource strategies used to address everyday problems that arise with the coaches, staff, and personnel of an intercollegiate athletic department. You’ll develop a working knowledge of human resource policy and procedures and how they affect employees in your organization. Topics include recruitment, hiring, retention, planning, Title IX compliance, and related management strategies.

In this course, you’ll gain a knowledge of governance and politics within sport organizations that govern intercollegiate athletics. You’ll analyze how people involved in governance set the tone for an organization and how individual sport bodies fit into the greater industry. You’ll also develop a working knowledge of what organizations do and their purpose in the administration of an intercollegiate department.

Doctoral students in this course study Title IX’s structure and requirements as they apply to intramural, recreation, interscholastic, and intercollegiate athletic programs. The philosophical, historical, and conceptual accounts of this law and its effects upon these programs will be explored. You’ll also examine the social, legislative, and judicial environments in which Title IX has grown and matured over the last three decades, and how current trends and demographics have affected sports programs throughout the nation. An experiential learning model is used whereby you’ll apply your own personal experiences to your research into the legal aspects of equity in today’s interscholastic and intercollegiate athletics.

Here you’ll study rules and regulations associated with intercollegiate athletics at the NCAA I, II, and III levels, NAIA, and NJCAA. The course focuses on the key components of compliance, including recruiting, eligibility, amateurism, and financial aid. Topics include strategies used to maintain institutional control, the differences and similarities of the five different associations (NCAA I, II, III, NAIA, and NJCAA), and the various groups that govern NCAA legislation.

This course explores the role and function of academic advisors in the lives of student-athletes. You’ll examine existing student-athlete retention programs in college and universities to understand their components and effectiveness. Recognizing learning differences in students with learning disabilities or disorders will also be explored. The goal is to find academic services and counseling programs that help students in need reach their greatest potential.

In this course, you’ll focus on the principles, responsibilities, and issues involved with the management of athletic facilities. Activities include personnel and risk management, merchandising, quality assurance, and issues affecting the local community. Additional coursework and discussion includes the environmental issues and factors relating to the operation of facilities and the presentation of sporting events.

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The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredits public and private schools, colleges, and universities in the U.S.

Learning Outcomes

If you’ve earned your Master of Education degree, then our post-master’s certificate may move you past the head of the class. NU’s Post-Master’s Certificate in Sport and Athletic Management is designed to help you focus and develop your skill sets and knowledge in a particular area of education beyond the master’s level, without the need for a doctoral commitment or dissertation. You’ll not only enhance your understanding of major theories and practices in your specialty, but you’ll be challenged to think critically about the topics covered with the goal of applying what you learn to your professional objectives—all while gaining a wealth of experience from your mentoring professors.

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