Student-Athlete Development

Graduate Certificate

Prepare to help student-athletes thrive with an online or hybrid Graduate Certificate in the fast-growing field of student-athlete development. Taught by leading professionals, the certificate’s four courses focus on supporting student-athletes on and off the field with skill sets in areas ranging from mental health and social work to diversity and inclusion. This certificate can be completed independently while working, and/or in combination with an M.S. in Sports Administration, M.A. in Higher Education, or Master of Social Work.

At a Glance

How many courses?

Four courses—all required.

How much will it cost?

$17,184 based on completing all courses during the 2024–2025 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 8004 Diversity and Inclusion in Sports
ADSA 8002 Issues and Challenges Affecting the Student-Athlete
ADSA 8008Sport Psychology

Plus one of the following courses:

Course NumberCourse Title
ADSA 7506Athlete Entrepreneurship: Opportunities Created by Name, Image, & Likeness
ADSA 8005Health and Wellness in Athletics and Sports Management
ADSA 7504
Sports Law and Compliance



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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