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Master of Sport & Athletic Administration (MASAA)

A master’s degree from Gonzaga University‘s Sport and Athletic Administration (MASAA) program gives students the prestige of a Top-10 NCAA athletic brand on their resume. In addition to this long-standing reputation, graduates are inspired to impact their world through a heightened understanding of their personal mission in life through Gonzaga’s Jesuit traditions. They gain the responsibility and influence of being a Zag. The program’s objective is to empower students for a career in sport administration by providing them with a quality graduate education in the Jesuit, Catholic humanistic tradition. We prepare practitioners through the intentional integration of theory and practice for leadership roles in the sport and athletic industry.

Gonzaga University’s MASAA program curriculum is interdisciplinary, grounded in the liberal arts, and draws on studies in educational and organizational theory. The program prepares students to be leaders in sport, athletic and health professions. The emphasis is on training students to administer programs in accordance with best professional practices.

Graduates earn the power and prestige of a MASAA degree from an elite NCAA leading university that is ranked “Top 3 Regional University in the West” by U.S. News & World Report.

Application Deadline:

  • Applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2016. Faculty are reviewing applications monthly.

Sport & Athletic Administration Career Paths

Gonzaga offers a comprehensive Sport and Athletic Administration Online Master’s Program. Students receive a broad spectrum of knowledge to better prepare them for a variety of careers in the industry — not just for a specific niche.

Graduates of our MASAA program find employment in:

  • Major and minor league baseball franchises
  • Professional hockey leagues
  • Civic and regional sports organizations
  • Sporting goods manufacturers
  • High school athletic departments
  • College and university athletic departments
  • Professional basketball league
  • Sport consulting firms
  • Faculty in university sport management programs
  • Non-profit sport organizations

Success Story

“Once the season concluded, Seidel found himself back at home in Spokane, Washington, applying for a master’s degree in Sport and Athletic Administration at Gonzaga University. After he was accepted into the program, Seidel “called the head coach of the Spokane Braves, who are in the KIJHL, and asked if [he] could come out as an intern.” The Braves accepted Seidel as a team intern while he was completing his degree at Gonzaga University.

A year into his internship and masters degree program, Seidel found himself applying for a job in Colorado for a position as a hockey and skating coordinator. With the help of Gonzaga University and the head coach of the Braves, he received and accepted the job in Greeley, Colorado. As Seidel continued to pioneer his own future, he also became the first test pilot, and graduate, of Gonzaga’s online master’s degree program in Sports and Athletic Administration.”

Now, Seidel holds the title of hockey director for the youth organization in Bremerton, assistant coach for the West Sound Warriors and he also helps run the Bremerton Ice Center. Congratulations, Brent Seidel!

Full story.

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At a Glance



Average completion time

2 years

Cost per credit



Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities


Online or On-Campus (Spokane, WA)

Admission cycles

Fall cohort only


No campus visits required


“#4 Best Regional University in the West” by U.S. News & World Report, 2016

“#1 Best Value Among Private Colleges and Universities in the State of Washington” by Money Magazine, 2014

“#4 Best Value Among West Regional Universities” by U.S. News & World Report, 2016

“#13 Best Alumni Network” by Princeton Review, 2015

“#4 Best Colleges for Veterans in the West” by U.S. News & World Report, 2016

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