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CSL Ranked 8th in the World

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The Center for Sport Leadership at VCU is ranked 8th worldwide and 7th in North America in the 2016 Sports Business International Postgraduate Sport Course Rankings released Friday. It is the first time the CSL has been included on the list of top sports management programs.  The CSL is also ranked 8th worldwide in the Graduates Choice category, which is based on student satisfaction surveys.

“We are honored to be recognized as one of the best sport management programs in the world. This designation signals the consistent growth and evolution of our program, its students and our alumni,” said Executive Director Dr. Carrie LeCrom.

This is the fifth year Sports Business International has conducted the definitive rankings for sport business and sports management programs worldwide. The publication received a record number of entries for consideration. The methodology of the rankings are based on several factors: graduates employed within three months of graduation; work placement; male/female ratio; domestic/international student ratio; and average salary after three years of graduation. There is also a student satisfaction component, which is based on a survey filled out by a program’s alumni from a designated year.

The Center for Sport Leadership at VCU has more than 700 alumni working in all areas of the sport industry including the NFL, NBA, NHL, USGA, and more than 50 Division 1 college athletic departments across the country.

Established in 1999, the Center for Sport Leadership was developed with the idea of creating an innovative, practical learning environment that would prepare students interested in the sport industry for a successful career in the business.

Modeled after the highly successful BrandCenter, VCU’s nationally ranked graduate advertising program, the Center for Sport Leadership launched as a non-traditional sport leadership graduate program that focuses on experiential learning through hands-on experiences. With full support from the university, the administration understood the unique aspects of the sport industry and placed a high value on practical experience and networking opportunities.

In addition to the thirty-five students enrolled in our on-campus cohort each school year, the CSL has two dozen current sports professionals in our Distance Learning Program, working towards their master’s degree online.

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