Athletic Leadership Graduate Certificate


The athletic leadership program in Clemson University’s College of Education is moving forward to address the need of leadership development and ethical decision making in the intercollegiate athletic coaching and administrative community. The purpose of this certificate will be to provide aspiring coaches and administrators at the interscholastic and intercollegiate levels an educational base for preparing individual coaching philosophy and ethical decision making. The certificates provide an educational base in areas of leadership, ethics and coaching development within the current landscape of athletics in educational settings.


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 certificate completion, the faculty and staff of the athletic leadership program will consider spring and summer entrance when circumstances are warranted.

Application processes and required documents can be found on the web on the Graduate School’s application page. Applications for fall enrollment should be received by July 1. Every required item in support of your application must be on file by that date.


The athletic leadership program admits a maximum of 15 students per academic year for the certificate program. The majority of professionals seeking to obtain the graduate certificate work in athletic positions or have direct responsibilities within the educational setting of working with student athletes. Students in the program are commonly (but not limited to) new professionals, graduate assistant coaches, athletic trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, student athlete academic service providers, student affair professionals and athletic administrators at various roles.

Program requirements are consistent with the Clemson University Graduate School admission requirements.

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

Program Goals
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

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 Stephanie M. Henry, Student Services Coordinator,

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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

Stephanie M. Henry