Sports Industry Essentials

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Is this really a program that brings together the prestigious faculty of Columbia University and sports industry experts?

Yes, it is! This is a unique non-credit certificate program co-created by top faculty from Columbia University and global sports experts. The Columbia faculty show you the career paths available in the global sports industry, and sports industry experts share their real-world experiences with valuable insights and tips to give you the tools you need to pursue a career in the sports world.

Who is Qubed Education and why are they involved?

Our mission at Qubed Education is to empower the next generation of talent to find their passion and build a career doing what they love. 

We strive to deliver on this vision by partnering with world-class global brands and top-tier universities to provide students with unparalleled online educational experiences and inspiring career opportunities.

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How do I secure my space in the certificate program?

You will receive email communication with instructions on how to create an enrollment profile and submit your payment. Once we have received your tuition payment, your space will be secured.


What payment methods and currencies do you accept?

We accept almost any type of credit card. So if you have a Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB, or Discover card, we’ll accept it.  If you’re enrolling outside the United States, tuition will be charged in your local currency at the prevailing currency exchange rate.

Do you offer payment plan options?

Yes!  Our mission is to make education accessible, which means also offering options that make it easier for students to make their tuition payment. 

All we need is for you to make the first installment when you register — this confirms your spot in the program — then make your subsequent payments monthly. We offer several payment options to fit any budget.  Shoot us an email at to discuss the available plans. To receive your Certificate of Completion, you’ll need to have all installments paid in full and have successfully completed all program requirements.

What is your cancellation policy?

You can withdraw from a session hassle-free and at no-cost within 24 hours of enrollment.  After that, you have up to 7 days to withdraw and get a full refund, minus a $100 cancellation fee. Sorry! No refunds will be issued for enrollments past 7 days.  

If I pay for this program, do I own the class videos?

Just like an online course you may have taken before, you own all the knowledge and experience you gain from the program, but unfortunately, you do not own the class videos or materials. However, once enrolled, you will have access to all videos and materials for 12 months.   

How long do I have access to the program?  And what if I need more time?

With your enrollment, you will have access to the full program for 1 year (12 months, 365 days) from the first time you log into the program. There’s a lot to cover, and we know life is busy, which is why we give our students plenty of time to work through everything.



What can I expect to accomplish by the end of this course?

By the end of the course, you will have developed the skills and knowledge you need to successfully break into sports. Specifically, you’ll have:

Received a statement of completion certificate in Sports Industry Essentials from the Columbia University School of Professional Studies that you can proudly add to your LinkedIn profile and your resume.  This program can open doors to a future in sports.

Explored the various career paths in the sports industry - digital media, entrepreneurship, analytics, facilities and events management and more.

Identified a career path and your area of passion within the world of sports​​​​​​

Who are my fellow students?

People like you — passionate about sports and seeking to build a successful career doing what they love!

They might be working in sports looking to get ahead or working in a different industry looking to switch careers. They might be heading to college, in college, or just out of college and want to build skills and gain valuable experience that will set them apart in a hyper-competitive industry. They might be your future professional and personal network in the sports world. They might be like you — a future leader in sports.

Where do I find the program materials?

We want you to succeed (and we love the environment)!  That’s why we made sure that we kept all program materials online. You can access and review the materials whenever you like through the course login page, which you’ll receive once you enroll — all you need is an internet-connected device. 

Which devices can I use to watch the class videos and access other program materials?

You can access the program on your computer, tablet, or smartphone, but the best experience is on your computer. Shoot us a note at if you’d like to see specific materials or functionality designed for mobile.

When and where do the classes meet?

Whenever you like — the program is entirely self-paced and on-demand. You can study and access the program lessons whenever and wherever you like.

How much time do I need to dedicate to the program?

It varies from person to person, but be prepared to work hard and to dedicate about 15-20 hours in total.  That may sound like a lot, but you have a full year to complete the program so you can pace yourself over 12 months!

After I complete the Sports Industry Essentials Program, what comes next?

In short, anything you can dream for your blossoming career in sports. This program will lay the groundwork for you to pursue your goals in whatever direction you choose.