The Future of Sports Needs a Dynamic Team Leader

Gain skills that give you an edge in the competitive world of professional and academic sports. At Nova Southeastern University, you’ll learn how to build a collaborative, decision-making culture, and tackle sports challenges in the global economy. Our Ed.D. in Sports Leadership will help you become an innovator who can increase any sports organization or sports club’s performance. This degree program is designed to provide you with a global perspective of the world of sports administration. In the end, you'll be at the top of sports industry ladder.

Two Capstone Options for Completing Your Education

NSU’s Ed.D. program offers two capstone options for completing your education: the Applied Dissertation or the Strategic Research Project (SRP). Both choices are designed to help you formulate tough questions and learn how to begin answering them as you prepare for educational leadership. You must successfully complete one of these capstones in order to graduate.

Who Should Apply

  • Current sports industry employees who are seeking a terminal degree to enhance their position as sports leaders in the professional, intercollegiate, and/or inter-scholastic and sports sectors
  • Individuals seeking to become academically qualified by earning a terminal degree, to prepare for a career as an educator in the Sports Management discipline
  • Individuals currently seeking a bachelor’s or master’s degree and looking to explore the benefits of an Ed.D. in sports leadership program

Quick Facts


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NSU’s Ed.D. in Sports Leadership is a minimum of 55 total credits to complete. Eight-week concentration courses allow the program to be completed in just over two years.

Delivery Options

Classes for the Doctor of Education in Sports Leadership are offered fully online. All doctoral students are required to participate in at least one Summer Institute.

Application Deadlines

Applications for admission are accepted online and on a rolling basis for all graduate programs throughout the calendar year. No entrance exam required.

Ed.D. in Sports Leadership Curriculum

Concentration Area Courses (21 Credits)
SPL 8000
Leadership and Organization in Sports (SPL 8000 / Credits: 3 )
SPL 8020
Athletic Fundraising (SPL 8020 / Credits: 3 )
SPL 8030
Risk Management in Sports (SPL 8030 / Credits: 3 )
SPL 8040
Athletic Compliance (SPL 8040 / Credits: 3 )
SPL 8050
Sports Sponsorship (SPL 8050 / Credits: 3 )
SPL 8060
Sports Communication & Social Media (SPL 8060 / Credits: 3 )
SPL 8070
Athletic Facilities & Event Management (SPL 8070 / Credits: 3 )
Elective Courses (3 credits)
Any Ed.D. Program course (For DISR students) ( / Credits: 3 )
ORGL 8750
(For SRP students) (ORGL 8750 / Credits: 3 )
Summer Institute (1 credit)*
FSC 8000
Summer Institute (FSC 8000 / Credits: 1 )
Applied Dissertation or Strategic Research Project (12 credits)**
DISR 8966
Applied Dissertation 1: Prospectus (DISR 8966 / Credits: 3 )
DISR 8967
Applied Dissertation 2: Proposal Development (DISR 8967 / Credits: 3 )
DISR 8968
Applied Dissertation 3: Proposal (DISR 8968 / Credits: 3 )
DISR 8969
Applied Dissertation 4: Applied Dissertation (DISR 8969 / Credits: 3 )
ESRP 9000
Strategic Research Project I (ESRP 9000 / Credits: 6 )
ESRP 9001
Strategic Research Project II (ESRP 9001 / Credits: 6 )
Required Courses (6 credits)
EDD 8100
Academic Writing (EDD 8100 / Credits: 3 )
EDD 8200
Leadership, Communication and Technology (EDD 8200 / Credits: 3 )
RES 8100
The Nature of Knowing: Introduction to Research Methods (RES 8100 / Credits: 3 )
RES 8200
Research Methods II (RES 8200 / Credits: 3 )
Quantitative Research Track (6 credits)***
RES 8911
Quantitative Research Design (RES 8911 / Credits: 3 )
RES 8921
Quantitative Data Analysis (RES 8921 / Credits: 3 )
Qualitative Research Track (6 credits)***
RES 8916
Qualitative Research Design (RES 8916 / Credits: 3 )
RES 8926
Qualitative Data Analysis (RES 8926 / Credits: 3 )
Research Track for those completing the Strategic Research Project (6 credits)
RES 8910
Quantitative and Qualitative Research Methods (RES 8910 / Credits: 3 )
RES 8924
Data Visualization for Strategic Planning (RES 8924 / Credits: 3 )

+Required for those selecting the SRP track; Applied Dissertation students can take any EdD elective instead. 

*Students must attend one Summer Institute during their program of study. Summer Institute is an opportunity for students to meet with classmates, professors, and staff on-campus in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Students will be able to schedule individual sessions with their applied dissertation committee chairs to discuss dissertation work and with representatives from various service areas. The conference will also offer applied dissertation workshops, as well as roundtable sessions affording students the opportunity to present their dissertation work to a group of peers and receive immediate feedback. 

**Students who complete all of their coursework and have registered for all of their dissertation benchmark courses (prospectus, proposal development, proposal, and applied dissertation) within the first three years will be required to register for ADS 8090 - Applied Dissertation Services I in order to receive dissertation services from their committee. Beginning with the fourth year (37th month/10th semester) following initial enrollment, and irrespective of remaining coursework, doctoral students are required to register for ADS 8091 - Applied Dissertation Services II, up to the point of degree completion, in order to receive dissertation services from their committee. Credits earned from ADS 8090 or ADS 8091 do not count toward the minimum credit hour requirement for the Ed.D. degree.

***For students completing the Applied Dissertation, you will select either the Quantitative Research Track or the Qualitative Research Track. 

Ed.D. in Sports Leadership Professional Licensure Disclosure

Admission Requirements

Ready for the Next Step?

We’re thrilled you’re applying to this Ed.D. program at NSU.

This program opens opportunities in areas of research, academia, and management for those who are ready to advance as well as for individuals considering a career change.

Applications for admission are accepted online and on a rolling basis. No entrance exam is required. 


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Have the following items ready to submit with your online application:


  • $50 application fee
  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Two professional letters of recommendation by two different individuals who can attest to the applicant's ability to succeed in a doctoral program


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