Global Sport Leadership

School of Graduate Studies

Admissions and Cost

The Global Sport Leadership Doctorate of Education is an innovative, online doctoral program focused on developing the next generation of leaders and visionaries in the highly competitive world of academic and professional sports.

For those who are driven to lead and succeed, the Global Sport Leadership, Ed.D. offers a multi-faceted 100% online course delivery with global study abroad components to provide a world-class degree program and to deliver a global perspective of best practices from highly successful sports executives and dynamic academic faculty.

What is the Cost?

The Global Sport Leadership program is an online doctorate of educational program that begins each fall and is designed to provide the sport practitioner a global view of leadership in a variety of sport settings.

The cost per-credit-hour for this program is:

  • $615 for Tennessee residents and
  • $670 for out-of-state students.

These totals includes tuition, fees, and field trips (with the exception of travel to the initial destination). If you are currently employed by a
college, university, or other institution that may provide tuition
reimbursement, please check with your Human Resource Department
concerning options that may pay a portion or all of your tuition and fee
expenses for you. 

"One of the greatest strengths of this program is that it is sufficiently distinct in scope and market. The program has great potential to meet a real need in the sport industry and to train future innovators."

- Dr. Michael Sagas, Professor and Chair, Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management, University of Florida.

Program Information:

Below are examples of just a few of the courses within the program:

  • Strategic Planning and Thinking for Global Sport Leaders
  • Interpersonal Relationship in Sport
  • Leading internal and external Sport
  • Effect of Governing Bodies on Sport Leaders
  • Interpreting and Applying Analytics in Sport
  • International Model of Sport Leadership (two week field trip)

This program does NOT have a traditional dissertation. Instead, the
culminating experience is a Doctoral Capstone Project, which will
provide the student the opportunity to display learning gained
throughout the program into one, seamless project experience.

For more information about classes, please view the Online Global Sport Leadership, Ed.D. Curriculum or request information about the Global Sport Leadership Online Doctoral Program.


All students, domestic and international, must meet all doctoral admissions requirements of the ETSU School of Graduate Studies as described in the graduate catalog.  The following are required for admission into the Ed.D. in Global Sport Leadership:

  1. Submission of a completed ETSU School of Graduate Studies application for admission to the program and payment of appropriate required
    nonrefundable application fee.
  2. One official transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended, except previous
    coursework taken at ETSU.  Applications will not be considered without
    all transcripts. International applicants must submit “Official or
    attested university records (including proof of all degrees received),
    with certified translations if the records are not in English. Records
    must be attested by the awarding institution; notarized copies and
    third-­‐party attestations are not acceptable. Individual year
    marksheets from Indian institutions are required; summary  marksheets
    will not suffice.“
  3. A personal essay describing how this program can
    advance your career.
  4. Resume.
  5. Official scores on the general portion of the
    Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
  6. International applicants must submit
    certification of English proficiency. Graduate students whose native
    language is not English must submit a score of 79 (Internet-­‐based),
    550 (paper-­‐based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language
    (TOEFL), taken within the past two years; a score of 6.5 on the
    International English Language Testing System (IELTS); successful
    completion of the English  Language Services Program at Level 112; or
    have received a degree from an accredited U.S. institution.
  7. At least
    three letters of recommendation (at least two of which should be from
    academic sources such as previous professors) and a letter of support
    from the current employer.  These letters should be submitted through
    the ETSU School of Graduate Studies online system.
  8. Master’s degree in
    sport or related discipline with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a scale of
    4.0. International applicants should consult the ETSU Graduate Catalog
    for more specific information on requirements for countries using
    different grading scales.
  9. At least 3 years of professional experience in
    collegiate, professions, or high school athletics. Exceptional
    applicants with less experience may be considered based on strengths of
    prior academic performance, the personal essay, and the letter of
    support from the current employer.

All materials should be submitted to
the ETSU School of Graduate Studies at the following address:

Attention:
School of Graduate Studies 

East Tennessee State University

P.O. Box 70720

Johnson City, TN 37614-­‐1710 USA

icon for left menu icon for right menu