Athletic Leadership, M.S.

Vermont State University’s online Master of Science in Athletic Leadership is unlike any other program in the field. We’ll prepare you for success in director and head coaching positions in high schools, universities, and youth athletic organizations through professional and applied training. Become a leader and role model in the field with our online, affordable, and personalized Athletic Leadership master’s degree in as little as one year or take your time without taking time off work. Students will apply what they learn in the program through their final degree requirement: the internship or the special project.

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Marybeth Lennox-Levins

Associate Professor, Program Director, Sport Management and Athletic Leadership


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Why Study Athletic Leadership at Vermont State?

  • Strong Qualifications: Prepare for professional positions in athletic departments in high schools and universities or youth athletic organizations that require specialized and applied training.  
  • Top Placements: Graduates from the M.S. in Athletic Leadership have gone on to careers at organizations such as: 
    • United States Military Academy (West Point) 
    • Colgate University 
    • UMASS – Amherst   
    • Russell Sage College 
    • University of Vermont 
    • Burlington High School (VT) 
    • Hazen Union High School (VT) 
    • Killington Mountain School (VT)
    • Rutland Recreation (VT) 
    • Special Olympics 
  • Small Classes: Our small class sizes will provide you with the personal attention you need to excel.  
  • Experienced Faculty: Classes are taught by professionals with deep and broad experience in the field from around the country.  
  • Flexible Program: Online, asynchronous delivery means you can work on your own schedule and you can complete all program requirements in as little as a single year or up to five years. 

Financial Aid For Athletic Leadership Students

Vermont State University is providing a high-quality, affordable degree in athletic leadership to students across Vermont and beyond. Our financial aid team is here to help you explore all your graduate aid options.

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Sample Courses

  • Leadership and Management of Athletic Programs
  • Financial Administration of Athletics
  • Athletics Advancement
  • Legal Topics in Athletics
  • Compliance and Governance in Athletics

Student Stories

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“The amount of hands-on education and all my field experiences and internships allowed me to build the connections I needed to further my career and find a job in the industry right out of college.” 

Kristianna Lawless
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“When I came on my visit, I just had a feeling that this was the place for me. I really liked the new athletic facilities. I decided to stay for my graduate work because of the financial package that is offered to the graduate assistants. I knew that I would be involved heavily in athletics and I would learn a lot about my field.”

Eric Horsfield

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Associate Professor, Program Director, Sport Management and Athletic Leadership

  • Castleton Campus

Adjunct Professor

  • Castleton Campus

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