Earn Your Doctorate in Sports Management Online
Getting Your Doctorate Will Make a Difference in Your Sports Career

To work in the sports education or research field a doctorate is often a necessary stepping stone to achieve the intellectual standards essential to thrive. But a doctorate can do much more for you than propel you in those two sectors. 

An Ed.D or Ph.D in Sports Management can be the path to an executive role with a professional team, a leader in a sports agency, an expert in the financial and economic aspects of sports business or a CEO of anything from sports television networks to sports marketing firms.  

Our program focuses on sports leadership, including the management of large teams of people, sports law, economics, finance and other essential skills required to stand out in the over $400 billion global sports industry. 

When you’ve achieved a doctoral degree, you’ve displayed a dedication to your craft that not many others can boast. Only 1.68% of the US population over 25 years old has their doctorate - this is a degree that can change the way you are viewed in the sports industry. 

In conjunction with Concordia University of Chicago (CUC), we offer a 100% online Ed.D or Ph.D in Sports Management, which means you can keep your day job and earn while you learn. Plus, our doctorate course is affordable, often less than 1/3 of the price of other advanced degree programs.

When you register through SMWW you will be given a discounted rate, guaranteed through the end of your doctoral program!

Application Deadline:

Application due: August 7, 2017  |  Classes Start: August 21, 2017

Apply Now – Change Your Future!


An online education is the perfect way for hard at work people to complete an advanced degree. You get the flexibility of learning at your pace and your time, while also being able to achieve a degree from a respected and accredited university.

Our Doctorate Program is Designed for Busy People

Our program develops well-rounded students, with multiple options to choose from in your education  and a wide range of careers they can pursue after graduation including:

•    Education
•    Research
•    Sports Agent
•    Player Personnel
•    Operations
•    Media, PR, and Communications
•    Community Relations
•    Front Office Management
•    Sports Marketing
•    Athletic Director
•    Sports Information Director
•    Compliance Officer
•    Game Day Operations Director
•    NCAA Academic Advisor
•    Director of Ticket Operations
•    Director of Fundraising and Development
•    Coach
•    Professor of Sports Management
•    Fan & Event Management
•    Scout

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 within a 16 week term. Students can register for 2 courses per term - 1 in first 8 week session and 1 in the second 8 week session. The tuition fee is $695 per credit hour. (Technology fee an addition $15 per credit hour).

The Benefits of Our Doctorate in Sports Management with CUC are Vast

•    Courses are 100% online, you can take them from anywhere
•    There is no residency requirement
•    Our coursework is designed for those working in sports, so you can keep working!
•    Includes live audio chats with sports executives
•    Federal Financial Aid is available
•    Accredited university with a 150 year history of preparing leaders
•    Network with the alumni of SMWW, over 10,000 strong
•    Courses include cutting edge software used in MLB, NFL, NBA, MLS and NHL
•    Affordable – often less than 1/3 the cost of other sports doctorate programs


A Message from Your Course Mentor, Dr. Lynn Lashbrook

Lynn Lashbrook

Dear Potential Student,

Every day 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 as a 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, or even 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 an 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 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.  I know you will be impressed with how quickly they respond. They are a joy to work with and happy to answer your questions. We have a wide range of students, from young people trying to advance their career, to retired professional athletes and sports executives, we can help you become more marketable in the sports industry!

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

Still Have Questions?

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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!


Sports Management Worldwide: 
(503)445-7105 or Toll Free: 1(888)952-4368
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