Sports Management Doctorate Degree

Earn your Ed.D or Ph.D in Sports Management

Don't delay, start right away! Online is flexible. Desgined for people working in sports!

Application Deadlines:
Doctorate Application Due: February 19th for classes starting: March 7, 2016​

Desgined for people working in sports! Concordia University Chicago in conjunction with Sports Management Worldwide can help launch your career in the sports management profession. We offer the "what you know" and the "who you know" to advance your sports career quickly, efficiently...and it is AFFORDABLE! Students & graduates include those currently working in the busy sports world. Students currently enrolled work in the NBA, NFL, MLS, MLB, and NHL.

Regionally accredited, online and affordable opportunity to earn your Doctorate in Sports Management. 

Program Includes:

  • Live Audio Chats with well known sports executives
  • Training in cutting edge software used in specific sports (NHL, NBA, MLB, MLS, NFL)
  • Global Sports Business Network - SMWW has over 5000 graduates from over 140 countries working in sports business.
  • Small class sizes
  • Flexible
  • Affordable
  • Reputable & Accredited
  • Financial Aid available
  • No residency requirements
  • Quick Start - courses start every month. (Don't delay, start today!)
  • Courses start every 8 weeks, not every month


Most respected online graduate degree in the sports industry.
Online education is the perfect way for busy successful people to complete a degree. Dr. Lynn Lashbrook and his well known faculty, have partnered with Concordia University Chicago and their faculty and administration, and will mentor you as you pursue your Doctorate in Sports Management. 

The EdD in Leadership with an emphasis in Sports Management and Leadership is 61 credits and the PhD is 67 Credits. 

Apply here for more information about the SMWW-CUC Doctorate degree.
Apply here free for acceptance to the SMWW-Concordia University Sports Management Doctorate programs.

Program Requirements:

EdD: 61 semester hours

PhD: 67 semester hours

Specialization: Sports Leadership (30 hours)

EDL 7120 Research-Based Decision Making
SPML 6090 Sports Administration

Pick four:

LDR 6010 Pursuit of Leadership Excellence
LDR 6020 Critical Issues in Leadership
LDR 6030 Leadership Theories and Professional Practice
LDR 7020 Developing the Organization's Human Capital
LDR 7030 Promoting and Leading Change
LDR 7040 Creating & Leading a Learning Organization
LDR 7050 Strategic Forecasting and Planning 

Pick four:

SPML 6010 The Essentials of the Law in Sports
SPML 6020 The Economics of Sports
SPML 6040 Sports Finance
SPML 6050 Leading in a Time of Change
SPML 6060 Leveling the Playing Field: Diversity in Sports
SPML 6070 Sports Promotion
SPML 6110 Facilities and Events Management
SPML 6120 Dynamics of Coaching
SPML 6130 Social and Historical Foundations of Modern Sport
SPML 6000 Organization & Administration of Recreation & Leisure Programs
SPML 6150 Philosophy & Educational Value of Sport
SPML 6160 Assessment & Evaluation of Recreation & Leisure Programs
SPML 6170 Current Issues in Recreation & Leisure
SPML 6180 Foundations & Theoretical Perspectives of Recreation & Leisure

Foundations/Philosophy/Ethics (Required)

EDL 7140 Organizational Change
FPR 7010 Philosophical & Theoretical Foundations of Leadership
EDL7210 Policy Analysis

Choose one:

EDL 7300 Ethics for Educational Leaders
SPML 6030 Sports Leadership & Ethics (recommended)
OLDR 6820 Leadership, Politics, Power & Applied Ethics

Research and Statistics

For the EdD, Practitioner Track (10 hours)

RES 7810 Methods of Action Research Inquiry
RES 7600 Survey Research
RES 7900 Research Design (4)

For the PhD, Researcher Track (16 hours)

RES 7900 Research Design (4)
RES 7605 Quantitative Analysis
RES 7700 Qualitative Research
RES 7800 Mixed Methods Research

Choose one:  

RES 7600 Survey Research
RES 7620 Advanced Topics in Statistics
RES 7710 Advanced Topics in Qualitative Analysis

Comprehensive Exam and Dissertation (9 hours)

COMPS 7000 Comprehensive Exam (fee)
DISS 7010, DISS 7020, and DISS 7030
DISS 8000 Dissertation Supervision (fee)

Concordia University Chicago (CUC) offers two (2) 8 weeks sessions with a 16 week term. Students would register for 2 courses per term - 1 in first 8 week session and 2 in the second 8 week session. The tuition fee is $650 per credit hour. (Technology fee an addition $15 per credit hour)

Lynn Lashbrook

Dear Potential Student-

Everyday I discuss with people the career opportunities in college athletics and Sports Management. For the past 45 years I have worked at a variety of sports careers including, Sports Agent, Athletic Director, Academic Advisor, College Coach, Professor, Scout, and Compliance Officer. I know which careers will benefit from a specific degree and which do not. If you are like most people, you are not aware of the opportunities and how one can break this profession, and if a degree is a good investment for you. When I started Sports Management Worldwide, I searched for a partnership in Higher Education who understands the importance of a online Masters and Doctorate Program for students who want obtain a career in college and professional athletics. The Concordia University Chicago Sports Management program exceeds my expectations.

I would welcome the chance to discuss career strategies for your specific goals and background.

Fill out this quick easy form and I will call you to discuss! Or call me at +1-503-445-7105.

Or if you are ready to apply at Concordia University Chicago, fill out this free application for acceptance. (Using this applicatin the process will be free!) I know you will be impressed with how quickly they respond. They are a joy to work with and happy to answer your questions. Students participating in our programs include retired professional athletes and sports executives.

Dr. G. Lynn Lashbrook, Ed.D
President & Founder
Sports Management Worldwide

Questions about the program:

Sports Management Worldwide: 
USA: 503-445-7105 or Toll Free: 1-888-952-4368
UK: UK +44 (0)871 288 4799
or fill out this "Talk to Dr. Lashbrook" form

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Contact SMWW's CUC Specialist, Alyssa Rutherford, Today! She can answer your questions and offer advice on how you can earn your degree online!
503-445-7105 x106

Alyssa makes the admissions process simple, fast, and easy!

Apply here for the Concordia University Sports Management Masters.

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