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Students enrolled in Northcentral University's Doctor of Education in Sport and Athletic Management program have an opportunity to study sports compliance, intercollegiate sports governance, and other associated topics. Read on to learn more about the Doctor of Education with a specialization in Sport and Athletic Management program here.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Education with a specialization in Sport and Athletic Management

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

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Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to the Doctor of Education with a concentration in Sport and Athletic Management program at Northcentral University should have an interest in the political, financial, and legal aspects of the sports industry. Applicants to Northcentral University's online doctoral programs should already possess a master's degree from an accredited university.

Program Description:

The Doctor of Education with a specialization in Sport and Athletic Management program is designed to teach students about sports compliance, legal aspects of equity in intercollegiate athletics, facilities management, student affairs leadership, and student athlete advising. Students are also required to complete an applied research dissertation along with a comprehensive examination. Methods courses are included in the curriculum to help prepare students for the writing and research required to complete a successful dissertation. The curriculum also includes instructions on advanced scholarly writing and statistics.

Learning Format:


Program Length/Total Credits Required:

54 credits

Financial Aid:

Financial aid is available to qualifying students. Graduate students may apply for Federal Stafford Loan or the Federal Graduate PLUS Loan. Military personnel and veterans may qualify for special assistance or tuition reduction.

Required Courses for a Doctor of Education with a Specialization in Sport and Athletic Management:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Northcentral University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Doctor of Education Foundation Courses (24 credits)

  • EDU 8000: Foundations for Graduate Study in Education
  • EDU 8001: Advanced Scholarly Writing
  • EDR 8200: Scholarly Literature Review
  • EDR 8203: Research Methods
  • EDR 8201: Statistics I
  • EDR 8204: Advanced Qualitative Design and Measurement
  • EDR 8205: Advanced Quantitative Design and Measurement
  • One additional Specialization or Elective Course

Sport and Athletic Management Specialization Courses (15 credits)

Students select five of the following:

  • SM 7100: Development of Human Resource Strategies in Intercollegiate Athletics
  • SM 7103: Intercollegiate Sport Governance
  • SM 7106: Legal Aspects of Equity in Intercollegiate Athletics
  • SM 7109: Sport Compliance
  • SM 7112: Advising the Student Athlete
  • SM 7115: Facility Management and Programming
  • SM 7118: Financial Administration of Sports Facilities and Programs

Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (3 credits)

  • CMP 9700E: Doctoral Comprehensive Assessment: Pre-Candidacy Prospectus

Dissertation Requirements (12 credits)

  • DIS 9901A: Components of the Dissertation
  • DIS 9902A: The Dissertation Proposal
  • DIS 9903A: Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Data Collection
  • DIS 9904A: The Dissertation Manuscript and Defense

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Graduates of the Doctor of Education with a specialization in Sport and Athletic Management program have an opportunity to pursue jobs in the field. Potential employers may include universities and colleges and athletic departments at public and private schools. Some graduates may also choose to enter the sports industry private sector. Job applicants should have strong research skills, especially if they intend to gain employment at an institution of higher education, as well as communication and leadership skills.

  • University professor
  • Athletics facilities director
  • Sports agent
  • Director of sports partnerships