CSL Class of 2024
CSL Class of 2022 group pic on basketball court

Together we build the future of sport.

Together we lead.

The Center for Sport Leadership offers an internationally acclaimed 12-month Master's program that provides a year of work experience in a vibrant urban sporting community.

#1 in Career Advancement in United States

#9 postgraduate sports business program in the world

92%job placement rate among graduates

The CSL was founded to create leaders for an ever-evolving global sport industry. We empower our graduates across all industry specialties with a comprehensive set of tools for impactful and successful careers:  

  • Knowledge to understand the business of sport
  • Experience to inform important decisions
  • Connections to a comprehensive network of industry figures and CSL alumni
  • Foresight to create positive change in their communities

CSL students have a reputation—and it's one we've cultivated carefully: they are prepared, productive, and values-driven leaders.


Class of 2024 Secures Sport Industry Jobs
Check out where our recent graduates are headed next
CSL Day of Giving Breaks Records
Program Sets Mark for Total Gifts and Money Raised.
CSL 25th Anniversary Celebration Set for August 17
All alumni reunion to kick off yearlong festivities
CSL Student Brings Donated Sports Equipment to his Home Country
Donations from Richmond area sport organizations benefit youth soccer club in Ghana
Center for Sport Leadership Ranked Top 10 in the World
This is the 8th consecutive year the program has been ranked Top 15 in the world or better
CSL Announces New Alumni Advisory Board Members
CSL Thanks Outgoing Board Members
Five Alumni Share Their CSL Experience to New Students
CSL Core Values Discussion Highlights Orientation
CSL Welcomes Dr. Yong Chae Rhee
Respected Professor & Researcher Joins CSL Faculty after 13 years at Washington State
Erin Hauser Sheridan Tapped as CSL Business Manager
2015 CSL Graduate Returns After 7+ Years at Randolph-Macon College
CSL Welcomes Dr. Kalyn McDonough
Fulbright Scholar Joins CSL Faculty This Fall
Class of 2023 Secure Sport Industry Jobs
Check out the new opportunities for our recent graduates
CSL Day of Giving Raises Nearly $28k
Every gift supports scholarships for students.
Angel City FC Named 2023 Power of Sport Award Recipient
Los Angeles based NWSL team will be honored at RVA Sports Awards on February 4
CSL Welcomes New Board Members, Recognizes Outgoing Board Members
CSL Alumni Advisory Board Was Established in 2017
RVA Sports Executive Social Returns
After 3 Year Hiatus, CSL Hosts Citywide Networking Event for Local Sport Leaders
A New Twist to Orientation
Five CSL graduates lead Core Values discussion on new students first day.
NFL Assistant Coach Teaches CSL Online Class
Seattle Seahawks Assistant Coach Aaron Curry taught Foundations of Coaching to Distance Learning students this Summer.
Class of 2022 Secure Jobs in the Sport Industry
The Real Madrid Experience
CSL Students Enjoy Five Week Residency with World's Most Famous Football Club
Students of the Year Recognized
Sam Utz & Erin Mattone Honored with End-of-the-Year Awards
West Coast Trip to Replace European Model of Sport for 2022
Itinerary includes Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City.
Student-led SEED Events Make Significant Community Impact
VCU Foundation Grant Funds
SEED Events Return
All events funded by VCU Foundation
#CSLnetwork Day Extended
Donor will match all gifts during extended period up to $5,000
Center for Sport Leadership Supports Inaugural RVA Sports Awards
CSL Hands Out Power of Sport and Receives Scholarship Donation from Richmond Region Tourism
Dr. Kluch Awarded 2 Grants for Racial Equity in College Sports Research
Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics and Atlantic Coast Conference Select Studies from Kluch & Colleagues
Michael Robinson Named Power of Sport Recipient
Richmond native will be honored as part of Inaugural RVA Sports Awards on February 5
CSL, Real Madrid Graduate School Form Global Partnership
New Master's Degree Program Will Include Five Week Residency In Madrid
CSL & VCU Athletics Named 2021 Mullin Award Winner
National award recognizes the collaboration and partnership between a sports organization & educational institution
Dr. Brendan Dwyer Wins Prestigious Sutton Award
National Honor Recognizes Excellence Among Sports Marketing Educators
CSL Welcomes Class of 2022
New Cohort Joins #CSLnetwork
Yannick Kluch, Ph.D. Joins CSL Faculty
Scholar-Activist Brings Diversity & Inclusion Expertise to VCU
CSL Day of Giving is a Huge Success
316 gifts from alumni & friends smash 2021 goal
Women standing in front of sign
CSL Connections Grow Deep In Golf Industry
As the golf industry evolves, alumni of the VCU Center for Sport Leadership are increasingly finding themselves at the forefront.
CSL Well Represented at 2020 Women Leaders X Conference
VCU Center for Sport Leadership students, faculty, and alumni all came together for the Women Leaders in College Sports' Women Leaders X conference this year, despite being forced online due to the pandemic.
Students Sitting In A Classroom Looking Up At Screen
VCU's Adobe Creative Campus Status Enhances CSL Learning Experience
VCU's new status as an Adobe Creative Campus has provided the Center for Sport Leadership with new ways to prepare students for their future careers in the ever-evolving sport industry.
CSL Amongst World's Best In 2020 Postgraduate Rankings
CSL Ranked 4th in the world in Global Satisfaction
A Plan of Action, A Path to Change
We wanted our first statement on #BlackLivesMatter to be more than words.
Two CSL Students Named To A-10 Diversity Commission
Corey Douglas and Jaide Hinds-Clarke, members of the VCU Center for Sport Leadership class of 2021, have been selected for the Atlantic 10 Conference’s newly formed Commission on Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
Black Lives Matter - Our Stories
COVID-19 Forces CSL To Get Creative With New Class
After the annual European Model of Sport trip was cancelled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the CSL added a summer class focused on the issues surrounding the Olympic sports industry today.
Mike Rhoades: Coach, Mentor, Teacher
VCU Head Coach and CSL alum Mike Rhoades has been a tremendous mentor and teacher to dozens of graduate assistants that have come through our program. We talked to Coach and some of the GA's who have learned from him.
Turkmen wheelchair athletes clasping hands
CSL Leads Sports Diplomacy Mission to Turkmenistan
12 Day Trip Focuses on Adaptive Sports
Students on the field at Ravens Stadium
Class Trip: CSL Students Visit Baltimore to Learn from Sports Professionals
Tour and Talk with Ravens, Orioles, Under Armour and University of Maryland
wheelchair basketball
VCU Center for Sport Leadership to Lead Sports Diplomacy Mission to Turkmenistan
Delegation of Virginia sport leaders to focus on adaptive sports
Center for Sport Leadership Celebrates 20th Anniversary
More than 100 alumni return for all class reunion
VCU Center for Sport Leadership Ranked Top 10 in the World
CSL ranked 8th in the world by SportBusiness
CSL Students Travel to South Africa for Service Learning Trip
Students get an up-close look at Dr. LeCrom's work in Stellenbosch
Students Embark on annual European Model of Sport trip
This year's EMS trip features stops in Munich, Vienna, Salzburg and Prague.
Olympic Swimmers Christen New Pool at Local Boys & Girls Club
CSL Partners with USA Swimming, TYR Sport & Swim RVA to Host Splash Day at Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club in Church Hill
CSL Names Students of the Year
Erica Snow & Daisy Alaeze Honored by Students and Faculty
"Putting Zoo" Brings New Twist to SEED Event
CSL, The First Tee of Greater Richmond Partner to Teach Core Values of Golf
CSL, Sportable Team Up for Wheelchair Basketball Tournament
Local Richmond businesses help raise money and awareness for adaptive sports
CSL students with Harvie Elementary students
Day of Play Brings Local Youth, Law Enforcement Together
CSL students partnered with Henrico County Police Athletic League to Host Day of Play, an afternoon of fun and activities designed to create positive connections between local youth and law enforcement.
CSL Sets Record on Day of Giving
For the third year in a row, the Center for Sport Leadership reached its goal on it's Day of Giving
CSL alumni participate in Women in Sport Day
CSL Celebrates Women in Sport
CSL students, alumni, and VCU Athletics staff participate in our Women in Sport celebration.
Olympic Swimmers Highlight Splash Day
CSL partners with USA Swimming, Swim RVA, & TYR to promote health & wellness through swimming
sportable event logo
Sportable at the Stu Set for April 3
CSL students work with local adaptive sports organization on wheelchair basketball tournament.
Sports Agent Shares His Story & Insight with CSL
Founder & President of Next Level Sports Will Reece represents some of the most talented college basketball coaches in the nation, including VCU's Mike Rhoades.
CSL Alumni Share Experience, Insight on Duke Visit
CSL alumni working at Duke, like Senior Associate AD for Internal Relations Troy Austin, spoke with our graduates students on our visit and tour of their athletic department
Students Tour UNC, Network with CSL Alumni