University of Connecticut

Leadership and Diversity Management in Sport - ONLINE

Leadership and Diversity Management in Sport – ONLINE

A 12-Credit Online Graduate Certificate Program for Professionals

Leadership skills rank as the top skills in demand from sports industry employers. In 2013, the Education Advisory Board cited leadership as the top baseline skill requested by sport industry employers, and noted 700 job postings requiring leadership. To remain competitive in the 21st century workforce, it is crucial to understand the effects of diversity among sport professionals and in sport organizations. Developing an understanding of the impacts of diversity can allow sport industry employees to develop strategies for managing differences among co-workers and customers. Sport managers can also learn to recognize how differences impact sport participation choices, and how changes in attitudes and behaviors around diversity can impact the effectiveness of their organizations.

UConn’s Leadership and Diversity Management in Sport Online Graduate Certificate provides students with an in-depth understanding of the process of leadership within a sport context and helps them to develop the leadership skills needed to manage a diverse workforce in sport organizations. Students will be immersed in the process of leadership (including theory and practice), engage in the development of diversity management practices, and work with faculty at UConn who have leadership and diversity management expertise. This program will also link students with recognized leaders in the field and provide hands-on projects to help them enhance their leadership skills, with a focus on leading a diverse workforce.

Students will learn how to:

  • Become successful leaders in sport organizations.
  • Develop the skills to establish a successful network of leaders in the field of sport.
  • Embrace working and leading diverse organizations in the field of sport.
  • Successfully lead a diverse workforce.
  • Recognize ethical issues and make ethical decisions as a leader in sport organizations.

Courses are offered during the summer semesters. Students can complete the certificate taking 2 classes over 2 summer terms. Students must earn a letter grade of ‘B’ or above in all courses to successfully complete the Leadership and Diversity Management in Sport Online Graduate Certificate.