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Sport Leadership, BA

Flexible and customizable, the Bachelor of Arts in Sport Leadership allows you to pursue your specific area of interest in the world of sports on your terms.

This unique program covers all traditional aspects of the sport industry for potential careers in the high school, collegiate, and professional ranks, but also opens the door to professions in sport that include youth leagues, fitness facilities, eSports and beyond – a $70.3 billion industry that continues to grow annually.

Students choose their classes according to their areas of interest in the administrative, psychological, social and educational domains of sport while also gaining fundamental knowledge in leadership and management as they develop career and professional development skills. The educational experience provides the opportunity for students to tackle complex professional issues and develop a leadership philosophy and portfolio upon graduation.

This is a blended program with classes available in person and online to provide you with the most flexibility and customization while pursuing your career goals.

Your Degree Plan


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The BA in Sport Leadership curriculum provides foundational knowledge of the sport industry and then allows the you to choose your area of focus.

This program allows you to customize your learning experience based on your interests and goals, providing a pathway to various sport-related careers of your choice.

Students will earn foundational knowledge in leadership theory within the context of sports settings, and then select courses aligned with the major dimensions of sport sciences (administrative, psychological, teaching/coaching and social) to match their professional aspirations.

Students are required to engage in at least one 3-credit professional field experience. This internship is flexible allowing students to complete it in any term, in any facet of sport leadership, anywhere in the world. This real-world, hands-on experience sets graduates apart from their peers at other institutions.

Take advantage of special options related to this major:

  • Honors

    Expand your curiosity — and enhance your curriculum — through the WVU Honors College. Two programs are offered: Honors Foundations for first- and second-year students and Honors EXCEL for third- and fourth-year students.

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Live, study and pursue outside-the-classroom learning in a residence hall community that shares your interests:

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What you learn outside of the classroom is just as important as what you learn during class. We’ll help you follow your curiosity.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to WVU's Sport Leadership major, first-time freshmen must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2024-25 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

Tuition and Aid

How much does Sport Leadership at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates are available on our tuition website. Anyone who is not a current West Virginia resident, including international students, will be charged non-resident rates.

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Financial Aid

The most important step toward funding your future with financial aid for the Sport Leadership major is submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

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