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Online Graduate Certificate in
International Sports Management

School: Missional Practice  // Study Area: Practicing Missional Lifestyles

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Graduate Certificate in
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The Graduate Certificate in International Sports Management is a missionally driven, interdisciplinary certificate program that prepares students to recast a passion for sports and recreation into a missionally-driven vocation. Students discover how sports and recreation marketing; recreation programming; legal issues; sports and recreation governance and project management, interrelate with the mission of God across the globe.

Sports Management is a growing field worldwide. Christian presence is needed in the global context of sports and recreation management. Believers need to offer normative (biblically-based) understandings of identity, purpose and meaning. Individuals entering careers in International Sports Management are engaging God and people in a critical dimension of the Great Commission.

Program Features

  • Integrated practicums allow you to gain valuable real-world experience
  • Learn from academic practitioners from around the world
  • Credits earned in this certificate program can apply to a Missional University Masters degree program

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Credits Required

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What Will I Study?

We offer the most comprehensive approach to serving through sports & recreation in the mission of God.

Through an exploration of the historical Christian understandings of the human body, human pleasure, and sport, and building on a biblical theology of creation, humanity, and pleasure, the student will develop a contemporary theology of sport for life and ministry.

An overview of the international sports industry, the various career opportunities it holds and the ways in which Christ-followers can missionaly impact it. Introduction to areas of study such as sociology of sport, sport finance, sport law, sport marketing, and facility and event management from international perspectives.

Sport for development (SD) involves using sport as a catalyst to address a range of social, economic, political and health issues. While a great deal of SD happens at a local level around specific needs or opportunities, sport has increasingly been utilized as a tool by policy-makers, philanthropists and social entrepreneurs to "develop" marginalized groups in the "global South."  The goal of this course is to critically examine the intersections of sport, international development and peace. In particular, various theories, concepts and case studies are explored that contribute to understanding how international development practitioners, policy-makers, governments and donors may (or may not) be actively confronting norms and processes that make assumptions about intersections of race, colonialism, and other issues through SD programming, policy and practice.

To help equip the sport management professional we will introduce students to legal aspects of sport and recreation in various international settings. From city recreation programs at a local park to professional teams in giant stadiums, there are legal issues that management must navigate to run successful programs while limiting the organization’s liability. Since different locales have different laws, the course will endeavor to introduce the student to the legal issues from a global perspective.

Presented in this course will be an overview of fundamental marketing concepts and practices as applied to sport and recreation organizations in various international settings. Areas of focus will include public relations and communication, promotions, sponsorship, and producing a marketing plan that takes into consideration international perspectives.

The term ‘Sport as Mission’ recognizes that behind the manmade structures of sport and recreational activities are the God-given abilities and impetus for creative expression through bodily movement. Students will be taught the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of ministry in and around the sport and recreation environment across the globe.

When Can I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates each year to give you flexibility in your education, life and work schedules.






A Career in Living Your Life as Mission

Is this Your Mission?

Sports Missionary, Assistant athletic director, Assistant coach, Athletic Director, Athletic Trainer, Director of Fitness and Wellness, Equipment Manager, Fitness Instructor, Grounds Keeper, Intramural Director, Personal Trainer, Referee, Sports Instructor (Ski, Skating, etc.), Sports Camp Director, Sports Camp Activities Specialist (Basketball, Lacrosse, Volleyball, etc), Sporting Goods Store Manager, Umpire, Parks & Recreation Manager, Camp Program Director, Bible Camp Program Director, Sports Ministries, Team Chaplain



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How Much Will it Cost?

We offer tuition based upon country of residence.  According to the Human Development Index, all countries around the world fall into one of four categories:
  • (Tier 1) - Very High Human Development
  • (Tier 2) High Human Development
  • (Tier 3) Medium Human Development
  • (Tier 4) Low Human Development
Our tiered global tuition makes higher education affordable for everyone world wide.


100% Tuition


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3 credit course


80% Tuition


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3 credit course


60% Tuition


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3 credit course


40% Tuition


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3 credit course

Tiered tuition based on country of origin and scholarships available.  Find your country of residence here for more information.
Tuition may be further reduced by participating in the Sponsorship Program.