Graduate Certificate: Business Essentials in Sports

Program Overview

Business Essentials in Sports is a graduate certificate program designed for students with degrees in non-Business fields. The program has three defining features:

  1. Business acumen. Develop your skills in the fundamentals of how all contemporary businesses operate. Course content includes marketing, finance, accounting, ethics, and fundamentals of analytics. 
  2. Sports Industry. The certificate program helps you explore your interests in the business of Sports through courses and projects that provide networking and mentoring opportunities from business leaders and faculty.
  3. Flexibility. Students may begin the program in either the Fall or Spring semester and are able to complete the certificate requirements in just two semesters. Students will complete their coursework through a combination of online and in-person experiences.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university
  • All majors are eligible to apply for admission, except Business

Tuition/Fees (2022-2023)

Estimated tuition = $24,000 (18 credits)

Tentative Curriculum

Business Essentials (12 credits)In Sports (6 credits)
  • Purpose and Ethics in Business
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Fundamentals of Analytics
  • Emerging Business Trends in Collegiate Sports (1.5 credits)
  • Emerging Business Trends in Professional Sports (1.5 credits)
  • Graduate Consulting Project (3 credits)

Program Calendar

The Business Essentials in Sports graduate certificate program provides students with a flexible start schedule. Students may begin in either the Fall or Spring semester. No classes occur in the Summer. Each semester has a mix of foundations in business with Sports business content.

Key Dates:

August startJanuary start
April 1 — Early Application Deadline

July 31 — Application Submission Deadline

October 1 — Early Application Deadline

December 31 — Application Submission Deadline

Application Requirements (coming soon)

  • Complete an online application
  • Provide a resume or CV
  • Submit a bachelor’s degree transcript from an accredited college or university
  • Complete an interview with an admissions counselor
  • Statement of interest
  • Two (2) references of recommendation
  • Application fee