Program overview

Whether you’re an athlete, athletic administrator, current or aspiring coach, or seeking to expand your knowledge of sports psychology, Rider's online Master of Arts in Athletic Leadership program will provide you with the practical training and credentials to advance in a sports-oriented role.

Using a sport-centric approach, our program will enhance your knowledge in business, communication, leadership and psychology to prepare you to become a standout, well-rounded leader for the changing sports landscape. All courses are taught by specialists, coaches, administration and athletic trainers working full-time professionally in their areas of instruction.

Why choose Rider?

  • Learn 100% online
  • Choose from six convenient start dates in the fall, spring or summer
  • Affordable online courses with a variety of financing options
  • Extensive advising and academic support for working adults
  • Complete your degree in 12 to 18 months
  • Accelerated degree program for rising seniors
  • No GMAT/GRE required for admission
Athletic Leadership student speaks in Broncs stadium

Program requirements

The curriculum is centered on leadership, ethics and coaching development. The athletic leadership program draws on influence from the standards outlined by the National Athletic Training Association, National Wrestling Coaches Association, National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association and APA Division 47 Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology. 

Our online courses are taught by accomplished sports professionals and leaders who are skilled in their area of expertise, and committed to your academic success and professional growth.

Choose from four tracks

Rider offers four program tracks to help you tailor your skills set and give you a powerful advantage in the sports-oriented path you want to follow.

Lead the game

As the sports industry continues to grow, the need for skilled professionals is only getting greater. Rider’s career-focused M.A. in Athletic Leadership will qualify you with the skills to be an effective sports leader and pursue a wide variety of positions within the field.

Diverse career opportunities include:

  • Head or assistant athletic directors at elementary, secondary and collegiate levels
  • Head or assistant coaches at elementary or secondary levels
  • Athletic facilities management
  • Athletic Media specialists
  • Team/Operations manager
Basketball team and coach

Accelerate your master's degree

Our undergraduate accelerated option makes it possible to earn both your bachelor’s degree and a graduate degree in less time. Rider students pursuing the accelerated option work closely with an academic advisor to develop a personal education plan for completing their degrees. Contact your faculty advisor to learn more about this accelerated learning opportunity.

Sean Levin

Director of Graduate, Continuing Education Admission, and University Partnerships

Bart Luedeke Center

selevin [at]

609-896-5000 ext. 7754