College of Education > Academics > Teacher Education, Kinesiology and Educational Studies > Graduate Programs > Sport, Fitness and Recreation Leadership (MS)
The Sport, Fitness, and Recreation Leadership master’s program is designed for the working sports, fitness or recreation professional, with
all courses available online. The program focuses on the holistic care and health of athletes and individuals in fitness and recreation settings. You’ll gain an awareness of current trends and issues, build a professional network and earn the credentials needed to pursue leadership positions in sports, fitness and recreation management. After graduation, you’ll be able to work as an athletic director, as well as in leadership or management roles in athletic departments, recreation and fitness facilities, corporate fitness centers, or university athletic programs.
In addition to your online courses you'll attend two, two-day on-campus summer seminars.
At this time DePaul is no longer accepting applications for this program for Fall 2023. For questions please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 773.325.4405.
Studying sports management at DePaul means you’ll be surrounded by high school and college athletic departments, professional sports teams, fitness centers, park districts and athletic clubs, providing countless networking and internship options.
The deadline to submit your application is August 15.
Submit an online application, official transcripts, letters of recommendation, résumé and personal statement.
You’ll take 12 required courses and two in-person summer seminars.
of Sport Fitness, and Recreation Leadership graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.
The sports leadership masters program gives you the chance to develop into an industry leader. The broad scope of kinesiology provides almost unlimited leadership opportunities and our program was designed to help you thrive in whatever area you are passionate about. The program focuses on the holistic care and health of athletes and individuals in fitness and recreation settings. With a thorough understanding of the sociocultural and political context of your environment and knowledge of a variety of approaches, you will be positioned to lead your organization for the good of all its stakeholders.
“It’s an all inclusive program—from sports financing and facility operations to health and wellness of the athlete. It’s very beneficial to those trying to see the whole of the sports industry.”
Connect with DePaul’s robust alumni network of 195,500 graduates. You’ll have access to alumni who hold jobs in university athletics departments, schools, health clubs, recreation and fitness centers, and athletics clubs or leagues.
Graduate school is an investment in your future. Learn more about the financial aid and scholarship opportunities available to you.
For more information about applying, contact The Office of Graduate Admissions for DePaul’s College of Education at
(773) 325-4405 or
We’ll send you information about the degree, admission requirements and upcoming info sessions. Let’s get started.