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Students enrolled in Northcentral University's Doctor of Education in Sports 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 Sports Management program here.

Official Program Name:

Doctor of Education with a specialization in Sports Management

School Offering Program:

Northcentral University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to the Doctor of Education with a concentration in Sports 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 Sports Management program is designed to teach students about sports compliance, legal aspects of equity in intercollegiate athletics, higher education leadership, student affairs leadership, and advising the student athlete. 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 Sports Management:

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

Basic Foundation Courses (6 credits)

  • EDU 7101: Foundations for Graduate Study in Education
  • EDU 7001: Advanced Scholarly Writing

Foundation and Methods Courses (15 credits)

  • EDU 7002: Educational Research Methodology
  • EDU 7003: Statistics I
  • EDU 7702: Research Design (Methods Course 1)
  • EDU 7705: Qualitative Methods (Methods Course 2)
  • EDU 7707: Planning Dissertation Research in Education (Methods Course 3)

Doctoral Examination Course (3 credits)

  • CMP 9400E: Doctoral Comprehensive Examination

Dissertation Courses (12 credits)

  • DIS 9401E: Doctoral Dissertation Research I
  • DIS 9402E: Doctoral Dissertation Research II
  • DIS 9403E: Doctoral Dissertation Research III
  • DIS 9404E: Doctoral Dissertation Research IV

Concentration Courses (18 credits)

Select six of the following:

  • SM 7100: Development of Human Resource Strategies in Intercollegiate Athletics
  • SM 7103: Intercollegiate Sports Governance
  • SM 7106: Legal Aspects of Equity in Intercollegiate Athletics
  • SM 7109: Sports Compliance
  • SM 7112: Advising the Student Athlete
  • LHE 7006: Student Affairs Leadership
  • LHE 7011: Higher Education Leadership

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Graduates of the Doctor of Education with a specialization in Sports 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