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Doctor of Education in Leadership and Innovation – Sports Administration Online

Merge your passion for sports with advanced leadership expertise in the Doctor of Education in Leadership and Innovation – Sports Administration online program. Delivered 100% online, this doctorate-level program equips you with the industry-specific preparation you need to stand out as a subject matter expert in an exciting field.


Program Overview

$47,500 Total Tuition

as few as 36 months Program Duration

60 Credit Hours

Prepare to advance into a leadership role in a specialized field with the online Doctor of Education in Leadership and Innovation – Sports Administration degree. Designed to enhance your professional opportunities within sports-focused organizations, this industry-specific online Ed.D. offers you a wide-lens look into the niche world of sports administration.

In the Ed.D. in Leadership and Innovation – Sports Administration online program, you will expand your understanding of governance structures within intercollegiate athletics, special event and facility management operations, and legal obligations from a sports administrator standpoint. Plus, you will gain top-level leadership styles that resonate with wide audiences.

As a doctoral student, you will benefit from an integrated dissertation beginning near the end of your first year that can be defended 100% online. Taught by respected faculty with extensive experience in their fields, this versatile online Ed.D. also offers reasonable admission requirements that allow applicants with a second master's degree to transfer in up to 18 credit hours (6 courses). No education degree or teaching background is required.

In the Doctor of Education in Leadership and Innovation – Sports Administration online program, you will learn to:

  • Gain a solid foundation for sports management techniques and marketing initiatives
  • Expand your knowledge of sports-related legal systems such as contracts, due process, defamation, and more
  • Elaborate on and finesse your knowledge of special topics in sports administration
  • Respond to the changing needs of diverse organizations
  • Participate in managing and leading private corporations, public organizations, educational institutions and systems, and nonprofit agencies
  • Develop leadership and innovation skills and effective, team-oriented approaches for teaching and learning to maximize the performance achievements of all learners
  • Demonstrate scholarly behaviors such as reflection and problem-solving with skills for designing, critiquing, and implementing research relevant to effective practice

Career Opportunities

  • Manager for professional sports organizations, governing organizations, and sports manufacturers
  • Collegiate-Level Trainer
  • College Instructor
  • College Faculty/Athletic Coach
  • Coach Development Program Organizer
  • Youth Professional Organization Manager

The Doctor of Education in Leadership and Innovation program is ranked #4 in the "Top Doctorate in Leadership Online Programs" by The Top Business Schools and Degrees website (2018).

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Tuition

The Doctor of Education in Leadership and Innovation – Sports Administration online degree program at St. Thomas University is priced with the working student in mind, offering pay-by-the course tuition. We are committed to offering a quality private school education at public university prices. The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing the Ed.D. in Leadership and Innovation – Sports Administration online. E-tuition is the same for both in-state and out-of-state online students. The program consists of 20 courses for a total of 60 credit hours. Each course has a technology fee as noted in the below table. The total tuition shown is inclusive of the fees.

Tuition Per Credit Hour Technology Fee Per Course Total Program Tuition (including fees)
Tuition $755 $100 $47,500
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Calendar

At St. Thomas University, we offer multiple start dates to accommodate busy schedules. Here you can find deadlines for your application, documents, and tuition payment for the Doctor of Education in Leadership and Innovation – Sports Administration online program.

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline
Fall 1 2020 08/22/20 08/10/20 08/14/20 08/16/20 08/17/20
Fall 2 2020 10/17/20 10/05/20 10/09/20 10/11/20 10/12/20
Spring 1 2021 01/09/21 12/28/20 01/01/21 01/03/21 01/04/21
Spring 2 2021 03/13/21 03/01/21 03/05/21 03/07/21 03/08/21
Summer 1 2021 05/15/21 05/03/21 05/07/21 05/09/21 05/10/21
Summer 2 2021 07/03/21 06/21/21 06/25/21 06/27/21 06/28/21
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Admissions

The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Familiarize yourself with the requirements for the Doctor of Education in Leadership and Innovation – Sports Administration online program, along with information on required documentation.

  • Completed application for admission
  • An earned master's degree from an accredited institution or equivalent and a grade point average of at least 2.6 (on a 4.0 scale) in all graduate work attempted (An applicant with a second master's or other advanced credential may petition the Program Team to have up to 6 courses or 18 credit hours transferred into the program. Those courses can only be transferred if they closely relate to those courses that they are replacing. The applicant must request the transfer of these additional courses as part of the initial interview with the Program Team.)
  • Official transcripts of all prior graduate and undergraduate academic work. All applicants are required to submit transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended.

All documents should be sent to:

St. Thomas University, Office of Admissions
16401 NW 37th Ave., Mimi Dooner Hall
Miami Gardens, FL 33054-6459

Transcripts delivered via digital transcript services EScrip and Parchment should be emailed to admissions@stu.edu.

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Courses

To complete the Ed.D. in Leadership and Innovation – Sports Administration online program, students must complete 24 credit hours of core courses, 15 credit hours of specialization courses, 9 credit hours of research courses, and 12 credit hours of dissertation courses for a total of 60 credit hours.

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Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

In this course, students will analyze the theory and practice of leadership and address motivation, sources of power, change processes and group dynamics. The characteristics and abilities associated with effective leadership will also be examined. Students will also explore the diversity of leadership theory and the impact of diversity on leadership.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Drawing on the five-phase model of the change process, this course uses real-world examples to examine the design, development, implementation and maintenance of educational innovations and improvements.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will prepare students to restructure and create empowering environments in their organizations. A body of research will be reviewed to provide an empirical framework that can be used to draw conclusions about strategic management and leadership in organizations striving to provide an empowering environment in the 21st Century.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of the significant issues embedded in questions of accountability in leadership that begin with treatment of personal ethical development, moving to the practice of leadership management, analyzing the issues of pluralism, and concluding with an ethical discussion of decision making in these areas.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course is concerned with issues of ownership, control, ethics and accountability. It employs a stakeholder framework, emphasizing business' social and ethical responsibilities to both external and internal stakeholder groups. It also illustrates how ethical or moral considerations are included in the public issues facing organizations and the decision-making process of leaders.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course presents an analysis of major contemporary social problems with attention given to controversial issues common in the workplace. Included in this course is an emphasis on theory, structure, and the effective practice of diversity as they relate to directors, managers, employees, students and faculty of academic organizations who are involved in a diversified workforce.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines various approaches to developing and managing public policy. It is intended primarily for leaders who are department heads, policy developers, managers and executive officers in organizations, higher education, schools, school boards, governments and statutory agencies responsible for formulating or managing policies.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Social media for all organizations consist of a range of web-based applications that allow anyone to disseminate information to online communities. The focus of this course is for students to assess the role of a social media presence in creating an online social or extended community for an organization's current clients, employees and friends; promote an awareness of the organization among potential clients; expand the mission of the organization; and build an identity and brand image.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to introduce students to the history, structure, rules, and responsibilities of organizations that govern intercollegiate athletics. Current governance issues and trends are examined through a study of the literature, the insight of guest speakers, and actual case studies. Students are exposed to the complexities of the growing field of compliance.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces students to the principles of sports marketing and the application of these principles to sports and sports-related organizations. The primary focus of the course is on planning, with additional emphasis on promotions management. This course includes presentations by guest lecturers, instructors, and students and is conducted in discussion format.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Included within this course are the elements which shape the planning and construction of sports facilities and the issues and problems involved in facility and event management, including marketing, production, personnel, and budget. Students may also participate in the management of events. This course also includes visits to local facilities.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This required course provides the student with a background and understanding of the court and legal system in America and how law is used by, and applied to, athletes and athletics in America. Some of the major legal problems and issues confronting the sports administrator covered are: contracts, due process, defamation, actions against professional, college, secondary school, and community programs; actions involving safety procedures; antitrust; collective bargaining and arbitration; and risk management. (This course is web enhanced.)

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Special topics courses are offered, focusing on areas of concern and change within the evolving business of sports.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on applying the principles, practices, and strategies for conducting research in the social sciences, particularly dealing with the interface of the human dimension in the social and behavioral sciences.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines theory and practice in the design, conduct, analysis and interpretation of experimental, quasi-experimental and survey procedures for program research and evaluation. Development of basic skills required in the understanding, planning and executing of a research study will be covered.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course explores the methods and procedures used in qualitative research. Topics include the philosophical basis for the method; the conceptualization of research questions; the selection of appropriate research designs; data collection; manual and computerized data analysis; and the drawing of inferences.

Duration: 16 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students will develop a dissertation or action research plan in collaboration with their chair. This course and the accompanying content create the trajectory for the culminating research experiences within the Ed.D. in Leadership and Innovation program. Additionally, students will develop an introduction to the problem, background, context, and abbreviated theoretical framework, purpose of the study, research objectives/hypotheses, significance of the study, investigator scope, definition of term, and an organizational timeline for completion of the dissertation/action research process.

Duration: 16 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students will submit their IRB application and develop their literature review, including theoretical and/or conceptual frameworks. Additionally, students will develop their research methodology/design, including research purpose, objectives/hypotheses, data treatment, data collection, and data analysis.

Duration: 16 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students will collect and analyze data associated with research in collaboration with the chair and compose the findings and results section of the dissertation/action research process.

Duration: 16 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Students will compose the resulting implications, recommendations, and study limitations. Additionally, the student will prepare a formal presentation for the chair and committee members in hopes of successfully defending their dissertation or implementing the results from their action research process.

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