Executive Sports Leadership

Graduate Certificate

Elevate your sports career with our Executive Sports Leadership graduate certificate. Designed for experienced sports professionals, you will learn the skills necessary to become a strong leader and a top candidate for executive-level roles in the sports industry. 

  • Synthesize and practically apply the various strands of Sports Administration and Leadership best practices, research, theory, and data.
  • Formulate and implement change strategies to effectively maneuver the transforming landscape of the sports industry.
  • Build capacity and leadership strategies to manage challenges and setbacks in attaining goals.

At a Glance

How many courses?

Four courses—all required.

How much will it cost?

$16,440 based on completing all courses during the 2023–2024 Academic Year.

Flexible scheduling

Study full- or part-time online, on campus during the evening, or in any combination that works for you.


Required courses:

Course NumberCourse Title
ADSA 9101Executive Sports Leadership Seminar
ADSA 9102Applied Goal Achievement

Choose one of the following courses:

Course NumberCourse Title
ADSA 7726Leading and Managing Change
ADSA 8010Leaders as Change Agents

Plus one of the following courses:

Course NumberCourse Title
ADSA 7585Sports Leadership &; Ignatian-based Ethics
ADSA 7502Sports Marketing and Communication
ADSA 7503Sports Finance
ADSA 7504Sports Law and Compliance
ADSA 7506Athlete Entrepreneurship: Opportunities Created by NIL
ADSA 8004Diversity and Inclusion in Sports
ADSA 8012Sports Media and Public Affairs
ADSA 8015Sports Analytics
ADSA 8005Health and Wellness in Athletics and Sports Management
ADSA 8008Sport Psychology
ADSA 8002Issues and Challenges Affecting the Student-Athlete
ADSA 8010Coaching for Performance and Student-Athlete Development
ADSA 8018The Athletic Director
ADSA 8030Inside the NFL



Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Please note that non-US citizens are not able to receive a valid student visa for enrollment in a certificate program.  If you need a student visa to study in the US, please select an eligible masters degree.


Regular Decision
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Online Application

Start Your Application

While online submission is preferred, if you need to mail materials, please send to:

Boston College
Woods College of Advancing Studies Admissions Office
St. Mary's Hall South
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Academic transcripts

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university (minimum GPA 3.0)

Applicants whose undergraduate GPA falls below 3.0 will be considered for admission. Applications will be considered in light of other factors, including letters of reference and personal statement.  

Personal Statement

To be uploaded to your online Application Form.

In 500-750 words, describe your academic and professional goals, any experience relevant to this program, and your future plans, expectations, and aspirations.

Application Fee

Application fee: There is no application fee.



Letter of Recommendation

Submitted with application.

Please note: Letters of recommendations should be provided by Professional or Academic recommenders.

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