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Sport & Athletic Administration, MS (Online)

Central Washington University is excited to offer a Master of Science Degree in Sport & Athletic Administration.  The Master’s program is a 46-credit, fully online, program.  The CWU Master of Science in Sport & Athletic Administration prepares aspiring and practicing athletic administrators for successful careers in Athletic Administration by providing knowledge, understanding, and the application of successful leadership and management strategies, processes, and skills. 

Central Washington University’s (CWU) College of Education and Professional Studies (CEPS) is recognized nationwide for successful training of graduate students in educational administration, psychology, and counseling.  CWU graduate students successfully attain positions in education as administrators, school psychologists, and counselors.  The Department of Sport and Movement Studies (SAMS) directs the Athletic Administration Master’s Program with its knowledgeable professors who have considerable experience in interscholastic and intercollegiate athletics as athletic directors, advisors, mentors, and coaches.  Tenure-track faculty, experienced in teaching, are aware of the need for the practical application of skills, and the knowledge and understanding necessary for successful leadership in athletics.

The opportunity for a degree in Athletic Administration comes at a time when the need for competent and knowledgeable athletic administrators is on the rise.  In today’s fast-paced world of athletic administration, beginning Athletic Directors have little time to engage in “on-the-job” training.  New Athletic Directors must be ready to set program direction, establish open communication and professional relationships, apply problem-solving strategies, and address budgetary and other program issues, all while managing an efficient and people-friendly program.  Our Master’s program prepares new and practicing athletic directors to be capable leaders and efficient managers who work efficiently and effectively.

Athletic Administration Master’s Program Cohort:

As a member of a CWU Athletic Administration cohort, you will work with your fellow graduate students on projects and coursework over a two-year period.  Your understanding and application of the strategies and processes of athletic administration will grow with each quarter of participation.  Each cohort member relies on the timely and effective support of classmates and faculty.  Furthermore, the professional relationships you build as a member of the cohort greatly affect the efficiency and efficacy with which you and your classmates participate and complete coursework. 

In addition to the above, each member of the cohort establishes a network of professional relationships they rely on as they move forward as practicing leaderes and athletic administration. In short, you and your fellow graduate students will come to rely on one another through two years of coursework, including the coursework you will complete during each summer session.  Research in higher education has shown that professional groups, i.e. cohorts,  engage students, and provide highly interactive and effectual learning environments.

Our cohort program begins with an online summer session. The session begins mid-June and ends in late July (CWU's 6-week summer session). During year-two there is another online summer session during the same time period. We suggest that before prospective students apply, they make certain they are willing and able to complete the online summer sessions.  

Athletic Administration is not a "running start" program (when a student can begin any quarter). All cohorts begin with the first summer session and follow a prescribed flow of coursework for two years. Over the two years, students will complete 46 credits. If you are interested in applying for the next summers start, you can apply through the School of Graduate Studies and Research. There is a $75 non-refundable application fee. The applicant pool will be considered based on qualifications and it will be competitive for entry. 

Additional Program Information

Cooperating Experience:  Each student will complete a one-quarter “cooperating experience” with a practicing professional in Athletic Administration.  The “experience” can take place at a variety of athletic-related programs, i.e. high school and intercollegiate athletic administration, state or national athletic-governing associations or professional associations, private or public recreational facilities or departments, or professional sports organizations.  Each “experience” will include a substantive professional project that addresses a current need or problem within the participating organization.

Professional Certification: National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) administrative certification as a Registered Athletic Administrator (RAA) is available to master’s degree candidates upon completion of the CWU Master of Science in Athletic Administration. Additional certifications can be pursued through exams.

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