Suit Up & Play a New Game

Level the playing field and up your game with an online Graduate Certificate in Sports Administration from Belhaven University. In this convenient — and exciting — program, you explore issues facing the sports world as well as trends, legal principles, the finances behind it all, and more.

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Why You’ll Love Sports Administration at Belhaven


Since this program is online, you can complete coursework at your dining room table or from the comfort of your favorite coffee shop. Just log in to Canvas, our e-learning platform, and get started.

Christian Worldview

You are challenged to think critically and analytically about who God is — and who you are — as we equip you to fulfill your calling to glorify God and be a blessing to the world.

Small Class Sizes

Small class sizes help you form unique bonds with your professors and classmates. These personal connections make learning more fun and can lead to valuable opportunities in the future.

Top Business School

Colleges of Distinction recognizes us as a top Christian business school. The honor is based on faculty and program quality, a commitment to offering you real-world experience, and alumni job placement.

7 Week Terms

Complete your classes and accomplish your goals quickly

A Proven Value

Our tuition is affordable, and we also offer comprehensive financial aid packages

100% Online

7-week courses, taught year-round

15 Credit Hours

Complete your classes and accomplish your goals quickly

What Can You Do with a Sports Administration Graduate Certificate?

  • Sports facility manager
  • Director of sports management
  • Head coach
  • Team operations manager

In This Program, I Will...

  • Explore the financial status of sports (purchasing, budgeting, risk management, operational procedure, fee structures, financial ratios, financial impact analysis, attendance, and price-setting strategies)
  • Examine current legal principles affecting sports and recreation organization (including liability, athletic eligibility, NCAA due process, gender discrimination, contracts, and drug testing)
  • Analyze the athletic profession as it relates to trends and issues surrounding administrative decision-making (including violence, discrimination, racism, and sexism)
  • Study current research related to planning, funding, and operating sporting events and recreation facilities

School of Business: Verified Excellence

Belhaven’s business school is accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). Why is this important?

Knowing the School of Business is accredited by the IACBE tells you that Belhaven voluntarily holds itself to a set of quality standards and is willing to allow outside business experts come to campus and verify Belhaven is doing what we say we are doing. Belhaven’s commitment to the accreditation process benefits you because it ensures you will be provided a quality education.

Sports Administration Grad Certificate

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What You Need to Know

To enter this program, you must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college. A 2.5 cumulative GPA from undergraduate work is required for admission. You may also be admitted by showing nine hours of graduate work with a “B” or better in each course.

Up to six hours of accredited graduate work may be transferred if a “B” or better is earned in each course.

If you don’t meet the admission requirements, you may be conditionally admitted. For consideration, submit to the Office of Online Admission an essay outlining your goals and two letters of recommendation.

If you’re conditionally admitted, you must earn a 3.0 GPA in the first six semester hours of graduate work to continue in the program.

Simple Process

Applying to Belhaven’s online programs is quick and easy. We’ll need a couple supporting documents — things like transcripts from any other school you’ve attended. When you have gathered those, just complete our online application form.

How to Apply

Clear Value

These rates are for August 1, 2024 through July 31, 2025.

Program Per Credit Hour
Grad. Certificate - Sports Admin. $615

These rates are for August 1, 2023 through July 31, 2024.

Program Per Credit Hour
Grad. Certificate - Sports Admin. $605

* Military/first responder benefits cannot be combined with any other institutional scholarships or discounts.

Visit the Scholarships, Tuition & Fees page to view other fees as well as the cost estimate calculator.

Meet the Department Chair

Dr. Mark Shannon

Associate Professor of Business and Chair of Sports Management


Contact Us

Office of Adult, Graduate, and Online Admission

Phone: 601-968-5940

Mailing Address:
1500 Peachtree Street, Box 153
Jackson, MS 39202

Fax: 601-300-2932

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Verse of the Year

God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.

Philippians 2:13