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2400 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

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The online Sport, Fitness, and Recreation Leadership (MSFRL) graduate program seeks to develop leaders in a variety of areas of kinesiology.

The†online Sport, Fitness, and Recreation Leadership (MSFRL) graduate program seeks to develop leaders in a variety of areas of kinesiology. Designed to†accommodate the†demanding and unconventional schedules of†current professionals working in sport, fitness, or recreation environments, all coursework is offered online with the only face-to face requirement being†attendance at two on-campus summer seminars. These seminars provide a great opportunity for†peer networking and developing professional connections in Chicago, one of the most sport and fitness focused cities in the country.

Differing†from a typical sport management degree, the MSFRL program†focuses on the holistic care and health of athletes and individuals in fitness and recreation settings.†With an increased awareness of current events and issues and having built†a professional network,†our students are qualified upon graduation†to accept positions as athletic directors, as well as leadership or management roles in athletic departments, recreation and fitness facilities, corporate fitness centers, or university athletic programs to name a few.


  • Designed for current professionals specifically working in sport, fitness, or recreation environments such as university athletics departments, schools, health clubs, recreation and fitness centers, and athletics clubs or leagues.
  • Program coursework is fully online, so can be completed while working full-time.
  • Two on-campus seminars (two days long) for students to develop professional networks with Chicagoís sport fitness and recreation specialists.
  • All coursework and degree are completed in two years (including summers).
  • Chicago is the home of DePaul University, offering opportunities and access to affiliate with numerous well known sport and fitness professionals as well as world-class†athletic teams.
  • The scope of the areas covered in the program provides a rich learning environment of professionals from a variety of settings.

M.S. in Sport, Fitness and Recreation Leadership - Online

Admission Eligibility

To be eligible to enroll in the Sport, Fitness and Recreational Leadership master's degree program, applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

Candidates must also have experience working in a sport, fitness or recreation setting.

Application Requirements

A complete application to the Sport, Fitness and Recreational Leadership program will include the following materials:
  • Graduate admission application
  • $40 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or work supervisors
  • Personal statement indicating professional goals and related experience, as well as why DePaul's program in Sport, Fitness and Recreational Leadership is of particular interest
Applicants who have earned a degree outside the U.S. or who will be considered international students must submit additional materials. Visit our International Students page for more information.

Applicants can upload supplemental application materials, send requests for letters of recommendation, and pay the application fee through our online application system.


The Sport, Fitness and Recreational Leadership program admits new students every fall quarter. It offers rolling admissions, but the regular deadlines are set to assure students full consideration for admission and financial aid. The program will continue to accept and process applications after the regular deadline if space is available.

Applicants must complete their admission file no later than August 15th to be considered for the fall quarter. †Admission decisions will typically be communicated 3-4 weeks after submitting a complete application.

B.S. in Management and a concentration in Sports Management - Campus

Office of Graduate Admission
(773) 325-4405


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Thad Dohrn Associate Athletics Director - Development, Adjunct Faculty Member DePaul University
The MSFRL program is an ideal way for working professionals to dig deeper into Sport, Fitness and Recreation management, while they are often balancing other jobs. The fully-online format gives students the opportunity to work with faculty who have real-world experience at their own pace and in their own time which is often a challenge for professionals in these fields. Some people believe that on-line education is a very solitary exercise, but for my experience our students have really developed a wonderfully supportive community among themselves. I am often struck by their generosity in their feedback to each other whether it be in discussion boards or our design critiques. The program has really allowed these students to blossom and develop as leaders.
Lisa Ryckbosch Director of Community, Corporate and Professional Relations DePaul Womenís Basketball
The Masterís program in Sport, Fitness and Recreation Leadership is an incredible opportunity to expand and increase oneís knowledge and leadership skills. The fact that the program is on-line allows professionals in different sporting environments to access the program when they would otherwise not be able, due to the demanding and ever-changing nature of their work schedules. The variety of backgrounds and experiences of the cohort provides a rich and interesting environment to learn and grow.
Jonathan Chimino Site Director Northbrook Park District
It's an all inclusive program, from sports financing, facility operations to health and wellness of the athlete and very beneficial to those trying to see the whole of the sports industry.
Sarah E. Hardin Associate Director - Campus Recreation, Adjunct Faculty Member DePaul University
Itís great that DePaul has an outstanding masterís degree option for busy sports, fitness, and recreation professionals. Through the online course format, thought-provoking assignments, and engaging discussions, the program provides a rewarding, flexibly-paced learning environment. Iíve really enjoyed being a part of the exchange of ideas that flows among students who are current and future leaders in their fields.
Stephanie Dohrn Adjunct Faculty Member DePaul University
The capstone course enables students to delve into their specific areas of interests in sport, recreation, or fitness to solve a real world issue as they apply course material with additional research. The first year session of the capstone experience allows students to meet face to face and provide a collaborative environment to hone their ideas and assist their classmates and receive feedback from faculty. It was amazing to see how the online communication translated to the in-person environment. They already knew each other so well, that we were able to accomplish a lot in the two-day session. This cohort has selected projects that are not only meaningful to the student but also the constituents they are serving.

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