Students holding CSL balloons
CSL students on bikes at Autodromo Monza in Milan, Italy, home of the Italian Grand Prix

The CSL is one of only two schools in the nation that offers a graduate degree in sport leadership.


The Center for Sport Leadership at Virginia Commonwealth University offers a structured graduate program that combines classroom theory with exposure to relevant field experiences. Our programs' strengths include:

  • Faculty who are leaders in their specialized fields
  • Interdisciplinary courses
  • Annual two-week trip to Europe to study sports abroad
  • Opportunities to produce actual events in our capstone SEED (sport and entertainment event development) class
  • Graduate assistantships that provide real professional experience


  • Master of Sport Leadership
    • On campus: A 12- to 16-month program, including a graduate assistantship, for full-time students 

    • On Campus: 12 month program that includes classes with Real Madrid Graduate School and a five week residency in Madrid, Spain. 
    • Distance learning: Classes taken online; designed for working students outside the Richmond area

  • Dual-degree M.S.L./M.B.A. program
    •  A partnership track between the School of Education and School of Business.