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The MSAL 48-credit program curriculum consists of a set of 4 core courses, at least 1 credit of internship, and a capstone project that are required (16 credits). The remaining 32 credits may be taken from the list of electives and/or courses from other programs. At least 17 elective credits must come from the MSAL and SSL lists.

There are two areas of emphasis that serve as guides for students who wish to develop further knowledge:

  • Strategic Leadership in Sport
  • Branding in Sport

However, students may choose any classes as needed, being cognizant of prerequisites. At least 1 credit of internship is required, but students may choose the total number of internship credits they wish to apply (up to 10) towards the degree.

Three credits of capstone (SADL 5890 or SADL 5990) are required. Registration in SADL 5890 or SADL 5990 is required during the quarter specified in the timeline for each particular colloquium option. 

With permission, students may transfer up to 9 credits from another educational institution. 

The complete official course catalog is available here. Sample syllabi available upon request.

I. Core Requirements

15 credits, including:

  • SADL 5000 - Research Methods in Sport Management
  • SADL 5020 - Social-Cultural Basis for Sport
  • SADL 5040 - Legal Issues in Sport
  • SADL 5120 - Developing Leadership in Sport

Choose one:

  • SADL 5890 - Project and Colloquium - Applied Inquiry Option
  • SADL 5990 - Project and Colloquium - Research Option

II. Internship

1 credit of internship is required.

  • SADL 5950 - Internship

III. Program Electives:

Choose 32 credits of electives. A maximum of 9 additional credits of internship beyond the 1 credit required may be taken. An area of emphasis in Strategic Leadership in Sport, Branding in Sport, or Sustainability in Sport Leadership may be chosen by selecting from the specific courses noted below.


  1. Strategic Leadership in Sport suggested courses include:

    SADL 5050 - Financing Sport Organizations 
    SADL 5080 - Sport Operations and Event Management 
    SADL 5110 - Sport Philosophy and Ethics
    SADL 5122 - Women and Sport Leadership
    SADL 5150 - Sport Organizations - A Systems Perspective
    SADL 5180 - Sport Event Planning 
    SADL 5950 - Internship (Management Internship)

  2. Branding in Sport suggested courses include:

    SADL 5060 - Strategic Marketing for Sport Organizations
    SADL 5070 - Sports Media, Social Networking and Brand Communication 
    SADL 5080 - Sport Operations and Event Management 
    SADL 5110 - Sport Philosophy and Ethics 
    SADL 5140 - Sport Consumer Behavior 
    SADL 5160 - Sport Promotion and Sponsorship 
    SADL 5180 - Sport Event Planning 
    SADL 5950 - Internship (Marketing Internship)

  3. Sustainability in Sport Leadership suggested courses include:

    SADL 5200 - Sport Business Introduction to Sustainability 
    SADL 5220 - Sustainable Sport Facility Management
    SADL 5240 - Public Policy and Economic Activity of Sustainable Sport Business 
    SADL 5260 - Marketing Sustainability through Sport
    SADL 5895 - Project and Colloquium

  4. A maximum of 15 credits from other graduate programs may apply with advisor approval.

Minimum credits required for the degree: (48)