Philadelphia University’s nationally recognized Department of Athletics along with the School of Continuing and Professional Studies are now offering a Certificate in Athletic Administration. This professional certificate program is fast-paced and includes three sequenced courses that provide an overview of the roles and responsibilities of intercollegiate, interscholastic and recreational athletics.

Topics covered will include:  Human Resources, Finance, Development, Governance, Coaching, Facilities Management, Planning and Administration

Upon completion of the full series of courses, you will receive a Philadelphia University certificate of completion. Courses will be taught by Philadelphia University athletic staff, along with Director of Athletics and Women’s Head Basketball Coach, Tom Shirley, who has served the University since 1989.

What people are saying about this new certificate program:

At least once a week, we are contacted by individuals who want to learn about “breaking into the sports field”. The issue is they have no experience or understanding of the day to day basics. A Certificate in Athletic Administration from Philadelphia University will allow you to learn from professionals working in the field, as well as receive exposure to all of the areas that make up an intercollegiate athletic department. This certificate will serve as a difference maker as you look to find your initial position in college athletics.

-Tom Shirley, Director of Athletics and Women’s Head Basketball Coach

Reebok has been proud to hold its annual national high school boys basketball camp at Philadelphia University for the past seven years. The facilities, organization and professional management provided by the Athletic Department is always second to none. Coaches, players, and parents consistently rave about the campus and the successful week of programming.

-Brian Lee ’94, Hall of Fame ’14, Director of International Marketing, Reebok, Inc.

Having served as the official voice of Philadelphia University Basketball for the past five seasons, I am always amazed at the outstanding game management in display at home basketball games. The very professional staff exceeds expectations as it relates to player and fan satisfaction. It is a great place to work because the staff attends to detail and executes each event with precision.

-Matt Leon, Sports Director, KYW 1060 AM

I have served Philadelphia University as a Head Men’s Basketball Coach since 1967 and I marvel at the continued excellence our athletic staff brings each day to our department’s operation. In addition to the outstanding prior planning that goes into each season, as well as the game day execution. I consider my colleagues the finest group in our conference, if not in the area.

-Herb Magee ’63, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 2011

Course Schedule:  All classes are held from 6-9 p.m. at Philadelphia University’s athletic facilities

Introduction to Athletic Administration

Tuesday, May 13; Wednesday, May 21; Wednesday, May 28; Wednesday, June 4

Students completing this course will demonstrate an understanding of athletic administration and be able to define the structure of an intercollegiate athletic department.  You will develop an understanding of the roles and requirements of the University administrators, NCAA, and the conference office, related to the administration of intercollegiate athletics. You will gain a basic understanding of the day-to-day operations involved in running a first-rate, well-respected, Division II athletics department.  You will acquire a working understanding of Division II NCAA compliance rules and regulations, as well as an overview of Divisions I and II. 

Coaching and External Relations

Wednesday, June 11; Wednesday, June 18; Wednesday, June 25; Wednesday, July 2

This course is designed to give students the tools necessary to handle aspects of coaching and external relations. Through hands-on experience and situational case studies, students will learn proper management styles of coaching and business development through external relations.  Students in this course will examine the keys to coaching, managing student-athletes, managing budgets, scheduling, and building a winning team. Students will learn general principles and concepts that all successful coaches possess, whether in athletics or in business.  Case studies and real-world examples of budgeting, development, corporate sponsorship, and public relations will be examined. 

Facility Operation and Event Management

Wednesday, July 9; Wednesday, July 16; Wednesday, July 23; Wednesday, July 30

This course kicks off with a hands-on, inside look at the national Reebok high school basketball tournament being held during the first class session. This course is designed to examine the principles of facility operations and event management in Intercollegiate Athletics.  It will provide students with an in-depth investigation of the unique challenges and opportunities that are routinely faced by Intercollegiate Athletics.  Students will gain a working knowledge of the collaboration needed to operate a first-class facility and coordinate event management with internal and external constituencies such as security, facility staff, media and public relations. This course will also cover outside rentals, campus and departmental scheduling as well as what it takes to execute a first-rate event.


Certificate Program:  $1395 (includes all course material + a 3-day pass to the Reebok Basketball Camp)

Individual Course Rate:  $495 (includes all course material)

For additional information or to register contact:

School of Continuing & Professional Studies
4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144



For more info or to schedule a visit, call 215-951-2700 or email


To register for this course, please
contact: The Office of Continuing &
Professional Studies. Registration can
be taken via phone at 215.951.2900
or fax at 215.951.5300. Payment in
full with a credit card is due at time of
registration. Once registered, students
will receive a receipt of payment
and additional course materials
approximately two weeks prior to the
start date. Refunds will not be granted
unless requested at least five business
days prior to the course start date.