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Specialization: Sport-Based Youth Development

Promote youth development through sport and physical activity.

Adelphi University’s mission in sport-based youth development is to lead the field in education, training and research, thereby enhancing the practice of sport-based youth development locally, nationally and globally. This specialization prepares students for leadership positions in non-profit organizations, interscholastic/intercollegiate sports settings, school systems, sport and summer camps, recreational and athletic leagues, professional sports settings and the corporate social responsibility sector of for-profit organizations. Graduates of the program will earn an MS degree in Sport Management or an MA degree in Physical Education, with a Sport-Based Youth Development Specialization.


Benefits of enrollment

  • Apply for the tuition-free Sport-Based Youth Development Fellowship to gain experience in the field while completing graduate work
  • Seek out Graduate Assistantships that enhance the graduate experience
  • Thrive in a student-centered environment
  • Interact and build relationships with classmates who challenge, inspire, and motivate each other within and outside of the classroom
  • Work closely with engaged and dynamic faculty in the classroom, in the field and through research
  • Enjoy convenient evening courses
  • Take courses at the Garden City campus and/or the Manhattan Center that fit your schedule
  • Choose between on-ground, blended, and online courses that match your learning style
  • Network with local, regional, national and international leaders in the field through coursework, fieldwork and events

Specialization Information

The specialization can be completed only as part of a master’s degree, either the MA in Physical Education or the MS in Sport Management.

» View the Sport-Based Youth Development plan of study for the MA in Physical Education


» View the Sport-Based Youth Development plan of study for the MS in Sport Management


Funding for Graduate Students


  • Transcript showing a Bachelor’s degree completed at an accredited college or university
  • If applicant completed other coursework and/or holds additional degrees from accredited institutions, those transcripts should be submitted as well
  • A personal statement of purpose that includes a description of career goals over the next 5 years, reasons for interest in this graduate program at Adelphi University, and relevant experiences and achievements
  • Current resume
  • 2 letters of reference

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For more information, please contact:

Meredith Whitley
Assistant Professor 
p – 516.237.8671 
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