The Center for Sport Leadership at VCU is ranked 8th in North America and 12th in the world in the 2017 Sports Business International Postgraduate Sport Course Rankings. This is the second year in a row the CSL has been included in the definitive list of top sports management programs. The CSL is also ranked 5th worldwide in graduate satisfaction and 12th in highest average salary.
“We are honored to be ranked among the best sports management programs in the world for the second year in a row. We are particularly excited to be ranked 5th worldwide in graduate satisfaction. Our alumni are our greatest asset and we appreciate their continued support of our program,” said Dr. Carrie LeCrom, executive director of the Center for Sport Leadership.
This is the sixth year Sports Business International has conducted the rankings for sport business and sports management programs worldwide. The publication received a record number of entries for consideration. The methodology of the rankings is 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 was established in 1999, 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.
The Center for Sport Leadership at VCU has more than 800 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.