The Mike Cleary Program in Sports Studies at John Carroll gives you the knowledge and skills to be a leader across a wide diversity of athletic-related careers. And thanks to our innovative Core, you’ll develop the intellect, character and leadership skills that make you an articulate, persuasive winner in all aspects of your life. That’s the Ignatian tradition at the heart of the JCU experience.

  • Core Strenth
    Contrary to popular opinion, the first two years of college are not the same across higher education. The strength of the JCU core is a distinctive four-year curriculum that integrates deeply with your major and exposes you to the intellectual habits you need to succeed in the world.
  • JCU in the NFL
    Ever since Don Shula started the ball rolling, Blue Streak alumni have been regulars in leadership positions in the National Football League, both on and off the field. Their roads to success in the NFL began by earning a degree from John Carroll, and the sports media world has taken notice. Check out some of their stories.
  • Setting up your game plan
    “Working with the Cleveland Indians in the summers throughout college was a phenomenal opportunity and helped me land a full time job with them.”
    Courtney Fallon ‘16

    Cleveland is home to three major sports teams and scores of other sports-related internship possibilities across education, healthcare, media, nonprofit, and recreation organizations.
  • Stretch yourself
    Sports Studies is more than just sports management. Students are exposed to diverse areas of study, including athletics administration, business, sports communications, sports ethics, exercise science, and sports psychology.

    Jake Beiting ‘05, Houston Astros
  • Mike Cleary
    The success of most academic programs can been seen in the quality of its students and graduates. But the Mike Cleary Program in Sports Studies can be measured by its namesake.

    Learn the Mike Cleary story.
  • Game changers
    It’s a Friday night and a dozen students from John Carroll University are ready to let loose and have a pick-up game of basketball. But the JCU difference? The Carroll Ballers head to the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center, with basketballs and burgers.
  • Cleveland rocks
    Cleveland rocks for many reasons. But, most importantly, with JCU alumni running hundreds of companies across Northeast Ohio, your college experience is your time to rock Cleveland through internships, summer work, and class- based research projects.
  • Still deciding?
    Before you declare a major, every course you take matters. You need a curriculum that lets you explore without wandering, not wasting a single credit hour. At JCU, you will work one-on-one and in teams with faculty advisors, planning your path to a major while honing the skills that employers want.
  • Capping off your degree
    What distinguishes your experience as a JCU grad?
    A self-designed Capstone project. Whether it’s a research paper, thesis, a presentation, or a project for a local organization, you’ll demonstrate your mastery of skills learned over the past four years and set yourself up for all the future opportunities that await.