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2009-2010 Graduate Catalog 
2009-2010 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master in Sport Administration and Leadership

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Using faculty in various schools within the university and numerous local sport industry professionals as adjunct instructors, Seattle University offers a master in sport administration and leadership (MSAL). This graduate degree prepares students for positions in the sports industry through a collaborative and nurturing learning environment suited for analyzing and resolving challenges in the business and culture of sport.

Sport administration is concerned with the successful leadership and management of numerous sport organizations. Graduates with such a degree will find a myriad of entry-level positions in sales (tickets, suites, ads, sponsorship), communications, business and event operations, finance and accounting, public and community relations, promotions and marketing, and media relations (television, radio, print, web). These positions serve as the first step in a career that can lead to jobs as directors, vice presidents, general managers, and even presidents and CEOs. While the field of sport administration is evolving rapidly and opportunistically, it is accompanied by a high degree of competitiveness for available positions.

The Seattle University MSAL program familiarizes students with all aspects of the field and prepares students to be sport industry leaders in the following categories:

Professional sports (league offices, player union offices, team offices); Olympic sports (national governing bodies); Intercollegiate sports (NCAA, university athletic departments); Interscholastic sports (state associations, high schools); Youth sports (civic and private agencies); Sport support services (sponsorship, merchandising, representation); Sport venues (facility management, event management); Sport media services (broadcasting, film, halls of fame, and museums).

Admission Criteria

The MSAL program reviews applications for every quarter of enrollment. Admission to the MSAL program is competitive and the file review is holistic. Applicants’ academic history, graduate exam performance, motivation, aptitude for graduate education, personal goals, and professional experiences will be considered.

To be considered, applicants must submit the following for review:

  • Completed Application for Graduate Admission and a non-refundable $55 application fee (waived for Seattle University alumni)
  • Official transcripts reflecting a four-year equivalent bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Minimum grade point average of 3.00 GPA calculated from official transcripts of all post-secondary educational institutions attended in the last 90 quarter/60 semester credits of the bachelor’s degree, including any transfer credits earned during this time and any post-baccalaureate course work. Applicants with less than a 3.00 GPA must submit official entrance exam test scores, such as GRE or MAT, for further consideration.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who have evaluated applicant’s academic work or supervised practical experience and are able to assess potential for graduate study. Please limit to one character reference.
  • A 400-word essay describing career goals and how the MSAL program (specifically classes and mission) will help the applicant achieve personal goals.
  • Professional résumé
  • If English is not applicant’s native language, official English proficiency scores meeting the university’s entrance requirements must be submitted. See policy 2008-01  in Admissions Policies for details.
  • Selected candidates will be scheduled for an interview.

Degree Requirements:

The MSAL curriculum will consist of 3-credit courses divided into the key areas of the domain—exploring sport as a discipline (history, sociology); fostering administrative skills (legal, finance, marketing, media, operations, personnel, consumers, and constituencies); nurturing leadership qualities (behaving ethically, and motivating self and staff). Students will take 12 courses (36 credits) over a 2-year period offered as 2 fall courses, 2 winter courses, 1 spring course, and 1 summer course. Students will take a 6-credit internship at their discretion. A total of 3 credits of capstone are required, registration in capstone is required during the final quarter of the program. With permission, students may substitute up to 9 credits of regularly required courses with transfer courses or courses from other SU graduate programs when it is determined that the substitute course work would be more relevant to the student’s professional objectives. The pedagogy for the 45-credit degree will be learner-centered, with an emphasis on collaborative learning in small groups.

Minimum credits required for the degree: (45)

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