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The nation's first online graduate program in sport management studies

The online Sport Management Certificate offers faculty mentorships to build contacts in the sports industry.

PennWest California offered the nation’s first online graduate program in sports management studies, preparing graduates for coaching, management and other professional positions in the competitive sports industry. Today, you can earn an online sport management certificate from PennWest Global Online and reap the same benefits.

You’ll get a sound foundation in sports management from top faculty experts in Pennsylvania and across the country and build valuable contacts in the sports industry through a mentorship experience.

Choose from two specialized concentrations and prepare to get promoted or move on to leadership positions in public private, nonprofit and commercial sectors throughout sports leagues, businesses and organizations.

6th ranks PennWest California’s online Master’s of Science in Sport Management degree #6 in the nation.

$83.1 Billion

According to Statista, the value of the North American sports market is projected to rise to $83.1 billion by 2023.

Flexible and Accessible

Delivered 100% online, so you can earn your certificate on your own time while you continue to work full time.

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PennWest offered the first online graduate program in Sports Management




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Post-Baccalaureate Certificates

Strategic Sport Analysis
Intercollegiate Athletic Administration

Careers and Salaries

A variety of career opportunities exist within the sports industry. Graduates of our online Sports Management certificate programs can excel in roles such as:

  1. Coaches and scouts
  2. Fitness and health administrators
  3. Collegiate and professional team management
  4. Athletic directors
  5. Community center administrators

Graduate Outcomes

  1. The ability to incorporate data analysis into the strategic planning process to facilitate organizational effectiveness
  2. The ability to develop marketing strategies that reflect the organizational mission statement and core values
  3. The ability to devise communication strategies for successfully interacting with organizational internal and external publics
  4. The ability to incorporate strategies to minimize organizational physical and financial risks
  5. The ability to develop and maximize and efficiently manage organizational resources
  6. The ability to develop policies and practices to deal with moral and ethical issues that affect an organization
  7. The ability to apply management theory and leadership concepts to contemporary sports industry practices
  8. The ability to utilize both written and oral communication skills to develop a professional network

Admissions Requirements

Strategic Sport Analysis Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.00 or higher (Students with a GPA below 3.00 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements:
    * Bachelor's degree with a GPA under 3.00 will be reviewed for a decision
    * Resume listing at least two professional references

Provisional Admission:

  • Applicants who have provided unofficial documentation of test scores, prerequisite courses, transcripts or lack of letter(s) of recommendation may be admitted provisionally.
  • This policy also applies to undergraduate students who apply for graduate admission pending bachelor’s degree completion. Upon receipt of all official documents, a student will be changed from Provisional Admission to either Regular Admission or Conditional Admission. Provisional Admission students may take classes for one term but will not be eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

Intercollegiate Athletic Administration Admission Requirements

  • Official undergraduate transcripts from a regionally accredited college or university. Please provide the official transcripts for each of the undergraduate institutions attended.
  • Overall minimum graduate (master’s or doctorate) cumulative GPA of 3.50 on a 4.00 scale verified with official transcripts from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Evidence of a licensed or credentialed allied health care provider; health, wellness or exercise professional, or two years of recent experience as a practitioner, administrator, educator, clinician, or researcher in health, wellness or exercise discipline. If your MS is not aligned with the allied health, health, wellness, or fitness please contact the program coordinator to determine if you fit the minimum requirements to apply to the program.  
  • Two (2) professional letters of recommendation are required.  The letters must be less than one calendar year old; must be on letterhead; signed in ink or signed with a verified digital signature. For these letters to be sufficient for review, they must be sent to Graduate Admissions directly from your recommenders. Please have your recommenders email their letters directly to    
  • If an applicant has any questions about the two letters of recommendation, please contact the DHSc program coordinator, Marc Federico.
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae including personal, educational, and professional achievements.  
  • Submission of a personal statement* that will be assessed by utilizing a standardized programmatic rubric to determine writing ability and skill at the doctoral level.
  • Some suggested additional materials to include to your application packet, which may strengthen your application, includes evidence of a Master’s Thesis; and/or a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal publication; and/or a professional presentation in your field.  Please contact the program coordinator if there are any questions about the accepted type of evidence.

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

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