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SPMT602 - Collegiate Sports Administration

Course Details

Course Code: SPMT602 Course ID: 2717 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

Students in this course will explore principles, techniques, and process related to the management of college athletics. It is important in today's dynamic environment of collegiate athletics that students employ effective leadership and management principles. Through analyzing case studies, students will demonstrate problem solving related to handling athletic personnel and program issues. Studying collegiate athletic administration involves interpreting NCAA By-laws, including a comparison between division I, II, and III compliance regulations. To ensure readiness for athletic management, students will evaluate the duties of an athletic director and create a strategic plan for an athletic department, including a mission statement and comprehensive budget. Lastly, students will determine the critical steps to getting hired in collegiate athletics. Students will also prepare a portfolio, including an application letter and resume customized for applying for a position in athletic administration at the collegiate level.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, students will fulfill the following Course Objectives (C.O.):

CO1: Create an athletic department mission statement.

CO2: Differentiate effective relationship building strategies in intercollegiate athletics.

CO3: Apply leadership and management strategies in solving case study personnel challenges.

CO4: Apply leadership and management strategies in solving case study program issues.

CO5: Analyze and prioritize the primary duties of an athletic director.

CO6: Create a comprehensive intercollegiate athletic budget.

For a description of specific evaluation requirements for each assignment and forum, please review the rubric in each assignment area. In addition, a forum rubric example is available in you Resource section

Required Readings:

See Course Outline

Additional Resources:

There may be other materials, including websites outside the classroom, assigned by the Instructor during the course.


In addition to the required course texts the following public domain websites are useful. Please abide by the APUS academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note website addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Website URL/Address

The OWL at Purdue

APA Style Homepage

North American Society for Sport Management

Book Title:Managing Intercollegiate Athletics, 2nd ed. - eBook available in the APUS Online library
Publication Info:Holcomb Hathaway Publishers Lib
Author:Covell and Walker
Unit Cost:$66.35
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.