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Programs in Sports Leadership

Ready to climb to next-level leadership positions across diverse sports industry settings? Our interdisciplinary program is specifically designed for those who want to leave their mark in the sports industry.

Our master’s degree in sports leadership prepares you to apply leadership, administrative, and sports science principles to effectively manage athletic programs and teams, regulatory agencies, fitness/rehabilitation facilities and health clubs, sports recreation services, and other related services to leadership positions within the sports industry.

This interdisciplinary program is not only limited to athletes or those interested in coaching but is designed for graduates from different backgrounds wishing to obtain specialized training and find success in a sports industry sector that most interest them. Under the guidance of our expert faculty, you will identify your elective courses and enjoy dynamic classes that combine hands-on experience in state-of-the-art intercollegiate, interscholastic, and professional team athletic facilities in the Tulsa community with invaluable academic studies.

97% Job Placement Rate

$81K+ Annual Median Pay for Sports Leaders

20% Job Growth by 2031 for Coaches and Scouts

#1 National Merit Scholars

Professional Opportunities

The community of Tulsa boasts three professional sports teams as well as numerous colleges and high athletic programs. Our faculty and staff have a great working relationship with industry professionals and will help you grow a meaningful network. Internship and externship experiences are a vital element of the program. What happens on the campus makes the game possible and you’ll start obtaining invaluable real-world experience by working with one of three local professional teams or one of the numerous intercollegiate athletic programs. 

Job opportunities: 

  • University/college/school athletic programs
  • Professional Sport Leagues
  • Regulatory agencies such as the NCAA or American Athletic Conference

Beyond the Classroom

    • Set the stage for lifelong learning and success.

      Learning is an individualized journey that extends far beyond a major or the walls of a classroom. TU’s Office of Integrative and Experiential Learning (OIEL) provides opportunities for scholars to enliven their studies through global education, research, scholarship, and interdisciplinary programs. Our real-world academic enrichment opportunities are designed to challenge students and enhance their personal and professional educational experience.


    • Make your TU experience as rich and diverse as you like.

      TU students have abundant opportunities to get involved with clubs and organizations to develop new skills, meet new friends, and make lifetime memories. From international clubs, music groups, and intramural sports to Greek life, student government, and on-campus leadership, there’s truly something for everyone at TU. Our multi-faceted extracurricular options perfectly complement our multidisciplinary academic approach.


    • Be the change you want to see.

      TU encourages students to give back to the community and see societal problems through a different lens. In considering issues ranging from low-income to racial biases, students analyze the intricacies of cyclical social issues to gain broader perspectives and insights, which they can share with others and act on in the community.


    • Pursue success with confidence — backed by TU’s job placement guarantee.

      TU is committed to our students’ professional success, which is why our Center for Career Development, aka CaneCareers, offers a job placement guarantee program. We promise that students who follow the program will land an entry-level job in their chosen field or continue their education within six months of graduation, or we’ll give them a free semester of grad school.


    Learn about the college

    Our expert faculty are active in their respective fields and professional associations. They foster a collaborative, experiential learning environment, motivating you to develop all the necessary skills and techniques to jump-start your career. Click below to learn more.


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