Sports Management Certificate Online
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the certificate total
Next Start Date
Jan 15, 2024
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Develop Your Leadership Skills by Earning a Sports Management Certificate Online

Are you a sports management professional seeking career advancement? Maybe you’re looking to enter this exciting field for the first time. Either way, Liberty’s online Graduate Certificate in Sports Management can help!

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Our program provides advanced training in sports business administration. You can hone your leadership, communication, and problem-solving skills as you study directly under industry experts. You can also develop a firm understanding of marketing, promotions, sponsorship, and outreach in a sports setting.

Partner with us and prepare to take your career to the next level.

Potential Career Options with a Graduate Certificate in Sports Management

Our sports management certificate can help you prepare for several career paths. Depending on your current knowledge, education level, and experience, there are many different positions that could benefit from our accredited certificate:

  • Athletic director
  • Coach
  • Event coordinator
  • Facilities manager
  • Operations manager

The managerial, communication, and leadership skills that you gain from our certificate in sports management can be an asset in many other aspects of the athletic world as you pursue positions of added responsibility. Additionally, the credits from this certificate may transfer directly into the master’s in sports management. Take the next step towards your personal and professional goals with a sports management certificate from Liberty University.

Additional education or training may be required for some jobs or occupations. Conferral of a certificate does not guarantee job placement.

What is sports management?

Sports management is the business side of athletics. Professionals in this field handle the administrative, financial, and communication aspects of sports.

There are many types of jobs available in the sports management sector. As a sports administrator, you could work for a professional sports team, a sports organization (such as the National Football League or Major League Baseball), a university, or a sports marketing firm, among other employers.

Whether you’re interested in marketing, fundraising, broadcasting, finance, scouting, or event management, you can explore your passion in the world of sports management with our certificate program!

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Why Choose Liberty University’s Online Sports Management Certificate?

As a pioneer in distance education since 1985, Liberty seeks to offer programs that are flexible, affordable, and high quality. Liberty is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) — so you can be confident that your certificate has met rigorous academic standards and accreditation requirements.

This sports management certificate program is available 100% online, and the classes have no set login times. You can complete your coursework anywhere in the world without needing to relocate or take time off from work. The best part? You can stay fully invested in your family and career while achieving your academic goals!

Our sports certificate program is an excellent alternative to a full-length master’s degree because it allows you to develop new skills while saving time and money. Upon graduation, you could pursue higher-level jobs or potentially launch a new career altogether. And, if you later decide to further your education, credits from this certificate can transfer into many of our M.S. in Sports Management degrees!

At Liberty, our mission is to Train Champions for Christ. In this program, you’ll study under faculty who are rooted in the Christian faith. With their guidance, you can learn how to lead with excellence and integrity in the workplace.

What Will You Learn in Our Sports Management Certificate Program Online?

The athletics sector is always growing and changing — so it’s important that you stay up-to-date with the latest industry trends and methods. Our sports management online certificate program is based on cutting-edge research, allowing you to get ahead of the curve and keep up with new athletic developments. Upon graduation, you can be better equipped to manage sports organizations, professional teams, and athletic programs.

Develop a theoretical and practical approach to leadership. By learning about management and communication in the context of sports, you can help athletes, teams, and organizations thrive.

Other topics you’ll study include public relations, survey research, promotions, and media strategies. Our courses can help prepare you to reach target audiences, market sports products, and promote sporting events. That way, you can help your sports team or organization build brand awareness and connect with consumers.

Want to pursue a career that combines your passion for sports and the Gospel? If so, our online sports management certificate can help! In this program, you’ll learn how to develop and oversee sports outreach programs within churches and parachurch organizations. With this knowledge, you can prepare to enter the sports ministry field and find unique ways to help lead others to Christ.

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Military Benefits for the Graduate Sports Certificate Online

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.

As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)

Admission Requirements for Liberty’s Graduate Certificate in Sports Management

A regionally or nationally accredited bachelor’s degree with a 2.5 or above cumulative GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts**
  • Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses — documentation verifying military status is required.

**Please note: You cannot be accepted into this program until Liberty has your official transcripts.

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Highlights of Our Online Sports Business Certificate

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of’s best online schools in America. Earning your sports management graduate certificate online from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
  • Your success is our success, which is why we’re committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years — and counting.
  • You can earn your sports management certificate in just 1 semester!
  • Our sports certificate courses are only 8 weeks long with 8 different start dates offered each year and no set login times.