Graduate Certificate in Sports Administration

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The Graduate Certificate in Sports Administration is a part-time program. For that reason, students in this program do not qualify for a graduate assistantship. To qualify for a graduate assistantship, you must be in a full-time program. Consider combining the Master of Education in Higher Ed with the Sports Administration Certificate to be eligible for a graduate assistantship.

Turn your passion and experience into an exciting career opportunity in sports administration.

Behind every successful athlete is a team of professionals with unique skills. These professionals handle countless responsibilities behind the scenes – from the management of day-to-day operations and administrative tasks to coaching, counseling, or training an athlete. The support from these professionals is an integral part of the athlete’s ability to perform at their peak.

The Graduate Certificate in Sports Administration is a flexible, 3-course graduate certificate offered by the Providence College School of Education and Social Work in conjunction with the School of Business.

This certificate program develops the industry knowledge, business principles, and foundational skills needed to lead and support sports organizations. Expert faculty provide a focused education in the history, management, marketing, and leadership of athletics at the collegiate and professional levels.

Who Should Enroll?

  • Student-athletes looking to take a leadership role behind the scenes.
  • Those interested in supporting collegiate or professional athletes as a coach, athletic director, trainer, counselor, advisor, or administrator.


The Certificate Program offers flexible courses that meet at 4 p.m. or 7 p.m. during the week. Students may select 3 courses (9 credits total) from a variety of classes, including the list below.

Student Athlete Development

EDU 770: This course provides an in-depth understanding of factors impacting student-athlete academic performance and personal development on college campuses, along with the broad concepts related to student-athlete development.

The Business of Collegiate Sports

EDU/MBA 770: This course explores the relationship between leadership and organizational climate in intercollegiate athletics and develops a comprehensive in-depth understanding and strategic skill-set to thrive in intercollegiate athletics.

The Business of Professional Sports

EDU/MBA 770: This course will help students gain a better understanding of the business of sports as well as the opportunities and challenges that the industry faces in years to come, such as the consideration of teams, leagues, broadcasters, sponsors, players’ unions, and facilities within the sports ecosystem.

The Marketing u0026amp; Analytics of Sports

MBA 770: This course helps the student develop an extensive understanding of the sports marketing industry, with emphasis placed on learning how sports-related organizations serve their multiple constituencies, including non-sports organizations that utilize sports as a marketing tool.


All applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college and must submit the following:

  • Online application
  • Application fee of $65.00
  • Official graduate and undergraduate transcripts
  • Résumé
  • Personal Statement

No GRE required

Additional information about Graduate Admission can be found at this link.

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Providence College’s Graduate Programs are affordable. Tuition is charged at the graduate education rate, which is $585 per credit and $1,755 per course for the 2023-4 Academic Year. Please click here for more information.

Interested in More? Transform Your Certificate into a Master’s Degree

Students will register for three courses that, once completed, will fulfill the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Sports Administration. Students who successfully complete the certificate may transfer their nine credits to the Master of Education in Higher Education Program. All certificate students interested in the Master’s must apply for admission to the Higher Education Program and will receive an application fee waiver.

Graduate Certificate in Sports Management

Students who are interested in the Graduate Certificate in Sports Management, which includes two electives and a sports internship, must apply to the program through the School of Business. This certificate is more business-oriented and is focused on leadership, management, and marketing. More information is available at this link.

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