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Athletic Leadership Graduate Certificate


The four-course, graduate certificate in athletic leadership online program is designed specifically around the time demands of the intercollegiate coaching community. The certificate is designed to prepare coaches and administrators to build a philosophical foundation of leadership by equipping them with knowledge related to:

  • Leadership Theories 
  • Student Athlete Development
  • Ethical Decision Making
  • Coaching Organization and Administration
  • Sport Psychology Techniques for Coaches


Traditional cohort students are accepted and begin courses in the fall semester of the academic year. While this is the preferred course of action for degree completion, the faculty and staff of the Athletic Leadership program will consider spring and summer entrance when circumstances are warranted. For more information on Spring and/or Summer entrance, please contact the program coordinator.  Students who are applying within 5 years of undergraduate graduation must take the GRE. For potential students who have graduated with their undergraduate degree more than 5 years ago have the option to request a GRE waiver if they possess 5+ years of direct work experience in the field. Most successful candidates for admission to the program will have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • An acceptable score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or approved GRE Waiver.
  • Two letters of reference
  • Experience in the field of coaching, student athlete development, or athletic administration
  • Online Application
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS scores for International Students
  • Unofficial Transcripts 
  • Resume
  • Letter detailing your professional goals


The athletic leadership graduate certificate affords students the opportunity to establish a foundation of knowledge in the areas of leadership, ethics, administrative responsibility and sport psychology. The certificate program requires the completion of the following four courses:

AL 8490 Leadership Development in Intercollegiate Athletic Programs
AL 8610 Administration and Organization of Intercollegiate Athletic Programs
AL 8620 Psychological Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics
AL 8630 Ethical Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics

This program meets the needs of students who are also working professionals. All courses are offered in an online format and are designed around the time constraints and responsibilities of the intercollegiate coaching community. If you are accepted into the certificate program, you will progress through the program by enrolling in one course during the fall and spring semesters, and two courses taken simultaneously over the summer semester. Throughout this process, students will interact with instructors and students electronically in both synchronous (at the same time) and asynchronous (at different times) formats.

South Carolina is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and Clemson University (CU) is an approved SARA institution, which means we adhere to established standards for offering post-secondary e-learning programs in all member states. Please review our state authorizations to see if this program is offered in your state and our process for student complaints against the university.


For more information about this online program, please visit the Athletic Leadership Graduate Certificate webpage, or contact Mike Godfrey,, 864-656-3650 or Aris Hall,, 864-656-2370.

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*Price is approximate and may not be reflective of current cost. Please check the Student Financial Services Page for the most accurate tuition rates.

Program contacts

Mike Godfrey