Athletic Leadership

  • Master of Science

Available Online

Online programs are taught fully online.

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 head coaching or administrative director positions in high schools, universities, and private youth athletic organizations that require specialized training. You can complete this fully online, affordable, personalized graduate degree in as little as one year or take your time without taking time off work.

Why Study Athletic Leadership at Vermont State?

  • Leadership qualifications: Prepare for professional positions in athletic departments in high schools and universities or private youth athletic organizations that require specialized and applied training. 
  • Flexible program: Begin at one of our entry points and complete the 30-credit online program on a schedule that works for you. 
  • Faculty with strong industry experience: Your professors will have deep experience in the athletics field, which they are eager to share with you.  
  • Small class sizes with advisor assistance: Our small class sizes and strong advising staff will provide you with the personal attention you need to excel. 

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.

Internships & Jobs in Athletic Leadership

Graduates from the M.S. in Athletic Leadership have gone on to careers at institutions such as:

  • Spartan Race
  • PEAK Races
  • The Endurance Society
  • UMASS Lowell Recreation
  • Ludlow Recreation
  • Fusion Soccer Club
  • Hartland Recreation 
  • Killington Mountain School
  • VT Golf Association

Accelerated Path for Vermont State Undergraduates

Vermont State students with an undergraduate major in Sport Management, or who meet certain program prerequisites and selection criteria, may pursue a four-plus-one (4+1) program that will allow you to receive your B.S. in Sport Management and your M.S. in Athletic Leadership in five years total.

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, ’16, ’17 
B.S. Sport Management, M.S. Athletic Leadership 
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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, ’15, ’17
B.S. Sport Management, M.S. Athletic Leadership