Master of Arts in Athletic Leadership - Career Exploration Track

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You’re passionate about sports and love to absorb as much information as you can. Maybe you’re considering a transition into a sports-related career, or already have one and are seeking professional development or career advancement.

The Career Exploration track in Rider’s online MA in Athletic Leadership program is designed for people like you. The curriculum exposes you to a wide range of sports-related topics, including athletic governance and policy, sport law, athletic finances and sport psychology, while allowing you to gain real-world experience and grow your professional network through coaching and athletic administration internships.

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Study 100% online

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Choose from 6 start dates

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Complete your degree in fewer than 2 years

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Specialize in 1 of 4 track options

Why Choose the Career Exploration Track for Your Online MA in Athletic Leadership?

Selecting the right school for you is an important decision. You want a program that will help further your value in the sports world. When you choose Rider University, you gain the opportunity to learn from coaches, trainers and administrators who have achieved success in their areas of expertise and want to pass their knowledge along to you.

Pursuing your MA in Athletic Leadership with a Career Exploration specialization can help you become a more well-rounded sports professional, while exposing you to new career possibilities you may want to pursue. Learn the industry-leading best practices and trends to help you elevate your success with our comprehensive graduate degree program.

What Does Our Career Exploration Track Cover?

Expand your knowledge base as you diversify your leadership skills. The Career Exploration track is designed to cover a wide array of sports-related topics, equipping you with the tools to be more effective in your current job or put you in a position to qualify for new opportunities. With many electives to choose from, you can tailor your experience to help you meet your objectives.

  • Learn about tort law, contract law, employment discrimination, anti-trust law and constitutional law as they relate to sports in Sport Law
  • Explore principles, techniques and processes related to the management of college athletics, with a focus on the handling of athletic personnel and program issues, in Athletic Governance and Policy
  • Additional elective options include Athlete Finances, Women and Sports, Sport Analytics, Risk Management and Wellness and Ethics in Sport

Admissions Requirements

Our online Master of Arts in Athletic Leadership is a great opportunity for those looking to enhance their career options. That’s why we do our best to make it as accessible as possible to anyone who has the desire to pursue it.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher in any discipline from an accredited college or university
  • A completed graduate study application with a $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Two professional letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to the applicant’s career aspiration
  • A written personal statement of 500 words describing your experience as an athlete or administrator with your career aspirations stated
  • Official transcripts from the undergraduate degree-granting institution
  • No minimum GPA
  • Graduate test scores are not required

Why Earn Your Online MA in Athletic Leadership with a Career Exploration Specialization?

Choosing the Career Exploration track can help give you a competitive edge by making you a more well-rounded leader. Every course in the program was designed with a sports-centric focus, and classes are taught by sports professionals who are experts in their field.

By pursuing your MA in Athletic Leadership degree online, you can advance your knowledge and career potential around your busy schedule. Rider’s online degree platform can make your learning more flexible and accessible, helping you build the career you want.

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Gain access to dedicated faculty of sports professionals

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Enjoy the freedom of an online education

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Gain real-world experience through internships

Nuture your future around your schedule

Earn your degree around your schedule

Pick a start time that works for you

Your program has to fit around your life. So in addition to making our MA in Athletic Leadership degree 100% online, we also offer multiple start times throughout the year. Just choose the one that works best for you.

  • Fall A – September 9
  • Fall B – October 28
  • Spring A – January 27
  • Spring B – March 23
  • Summer A – May 18
  • Summer B – July 6

When you earn your MA in Athletic Leadership from Rider, you can expand your career opportunities and earning potential. Let us help you achieve your goals and position yourself for success.

How Many Credits Are Required for Your Online MA in Athletic Leadership with a Career Exploration Specialization?

Your degree will consist of 12 courses and 36 credit hours, including an Internship of Coaching and/or an Internship of Administration. You can complete the entire curriculum in fewer than two years.

  • 15 credit hours in core courses
  • 21 credit hours in elective courses or courses from other track options

We want to help you be successful in your pursuit of new career opportunities. That’s why we offer 100% online coursework so you can work toward advancing your career around your busy schedule.

You’re ready to pursue your goals. We’re here to help you do it. At Rider, we’re committed to your growth, transformation and leadership.