CollegeChoice Best Ph.D. in Sports Management

A sports management doctoral degree for professionals driven to lead.

The Academy’s Doctor of Education degree in Sports Management is a one-of-a kind sports degree program specifically designed to meet the needs of recent master’s degree earners and working professionals who aim to be leaders in the sports industry. The program provides students with a meaningful education and technical preparation for the fast-paced, competitive world of sport professions.


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ACBSP Accredited

Our sports doctoral degree meets the highest standards.

The Academy’s sports management doctoral degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), an accrediting body that focuses on business education. The organization accredits educational programs around the world that focus on teaching excellence in business.

A sports management education for tomorrow’s leaders.

The Academy’s Doctor of Education (Ed.D) in Sports Management degree is a 66-semester hour program designed to prepare students to perform with a high degree of efficiency and proficiency in the sports industry. There are three areas of specialization offered as part of the Ed.D. including Leadership, Marketing, or Human Resource Management.

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Join a network of sports degree holders United by Sport.

Since the Academy’s founding in 1972, thousands of Academy graduates have gone on to success as coaches, managers, educators, athletic directors and administrators, entrepreneurs, healthcare providers, researchers and a myriad of other professionals at all level of sports, including professional, Olympic, collegiate, interscholastic, and recreational.

Ed.D. in Sports Management emphasis areas

  • Sports Governance and Combatting Corruption
  • Sports Coaching
  • Sports Medicine (for those already licensed/certified)
  • Sports Theory
  • Sports Health and Fitness
  • Olympism

Degree Completion

  • Mentorship Option
  • Two-Course Option (if approved0
  • Dissertation

Admission Requirements

Students applying for the Academy’s doctoral degree program must submit all previous official transcripts and have successfully finished an graduate degree program. Students must also prepare a written personal statement with an autobiography, career plans and expected goals for pursuing a master’s degree from the Academy and submit three recommendations.

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Mentorship: Away from the computer, into the field

The Academy doctoral mentorship experience gets students away from the books and computer and into the office, onto the field or court, analyzing video, crunching statistics, managing facilities, promoting events and any number of activities. The mentorship provides the student with actual, in-the-field training within the profession of sport. You’ll build your professional network while gaining real world experience.
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