Master in Leadership

Sports Leadership Specialization

With a strong emphasis in leadership and ethics, the sports leadership specialization is designed to develop highly skilled leaders within the exciting $440 billion athletics industry. This specialization in sports leadership studies critical topics within the industry including leadership, sports communication, ethics, sports law, media events, and historical events that help set the context for where the industry is today.

Marquette's sports leadership program was developed in consultation with Marquette's National Sports Law Institute and Department of Athletics, capitalizing on their decades of experience. Utilizing sports-specific courses and proven leadership studies, the program is designed to challenge students who aspire for leadership positions at all levels within the athletic industry.


The Sports Leadership specialization serves people who seek to enter the sports profession or who currently work in a sports-related profession and would like to advance their career within the athletics industry. Following are potential career tracks:

  • High school athletic director
  • College or university athletic administrator
  • Professional sports team administrator, operations personnel
  • Recreational and non-profit organization administrator
  • Sports marketing/communication professional