A certificate in Virtue and Sport from the University of Mary will empower you to pursue greatness through virtue in all aspects of your life.

You will examine the basic concept of virtue as excellence in performance in all areas of life, and apply the classical virtues to success in modern sport. You will develop a winning mindset focused on perfection through discipline, and discover how to leverage power and prestige for good.

During this certificate program, participants will take part in a three-day institute on our main campus in Bismarck, ND.

Take the First Step

Get in touch with any questions or submit a simple application for admission. We will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance so you can enroll and begin your classes!

At a Glance

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Program Length

3 semesters / 9 credits


  • Online with on-campus institute

Tuition per Credit


Is This the Degree For Me?

Who It’s For

  • Coaches
  • Athletic Directors
  • Physical Education Teachers
  • Athletic Trainers
  • Interested individuals seeking to discover the virtues of leadership in sport

Career Paths

  • Coach
  • Athletic Administration
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Sports Marketing

What You’ll Learn

  • Develop the capability to form athletes in the virtues that lead to victory on and off the field

  • Develop the emotional and social intelligence and mental toughness to overcome adversity

Program Details

Program Information

Please visit our catalog for admission requirements and a full list of our courses.

Your first step is to get in touch with any questions or submit the simple application for admission. We will assist you every step of the way toward acceptance so you can enroll and begin your classes!

If you are serving or have served our country, we sincerely thank you. Our military services office is here to work closely with active duty, retired, reserve, and eligible family members qualified for military benefits. Learn how we can help you with the application process and review the benefits you have earned.

For a full list of fees, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

The University of Mary is committed to putting your educational goals within reach. Learn what scholarships you qualify for.

The following will be needed when you have applied for admission so we can get you accepted into the certificate program:

  • Official transcripts
    • Attended the University of Mary before? Then we’ll get your Mary transcript for you!
    • At most other schools, you can request transcripts by going to the National Student Clearinghouse or by contacting the registrar’s office. 
    • Have your transcripts sent to:
      Office of Admissions
      University of Mary
      7500 University Drive
      Bismarck, ND 58504
    • Or request to send electronic transcripts to registrar@umary.edu

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