Global Sport Leadership
100% Online Doctorate of Education in Global Sport Leadership Program
The Online 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. at East Tennessee State University 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. This program prepares students for both academic and professional career paths. It 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.
NOTE: Attendance at an International Sporting Event is a program requirement.
"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.
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 including curriculum and graduation requirements visit ETSU Graduate Catalog Entry for the Global Sport Leadership, Ed.D. program or request information using the form at the bottom of the page.
Credits to complete this program: 60 credit hours
|TN Residents||Out of State|
$615 per credit hour*
$670 per credit hour*
*These totals include tuition, fees, and field trips (with the exception of travel to the initial destination).
- Applications are accepted once a year only, for entry into the fall semester. Applications are preferred to be received by June 1 for consideration.
- All student, 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:
- Submission of a completed ETSU School of Graduate Studies application for admission to the program and payment of appropriate required nonrefundable application fee (https://www.etsu.edu/gradschool/applynow.php).
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.”
A personal essay describing how this program can advance your career.
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.
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 requested through the ETSU School of Graduate Studies online system when completing the application process.
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.
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.
Steps to Apply
Step 1 - Create your ETSU Application Account
Step 1 Create your ETSU Application Account by choosing the "Sign Up" option
Step 2 - Sign into the ETSU Application Portal
Step 2 Sign into the ETSU Application Portal and select "Start a New Application"
Step 3 - Complete the Remaining Fields
Step 3 Choose "Graduate," select your student type (domestic or international), select "Doctorate," term, then choose Global Sport Leadership and complete the remainder of the form.