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Fall 2018 Priority Application Deadline

February 26th

Master of Arts in Sport and Athletic Administration

Sports is big business across the world with nearly unlimited potential for those who want to begin or enhance their career. From professional sports to college athletic departments to coaching, our online or on-campus Master’s in Sport and Athletic Administration gives you the edge you need to succeed in the industry you love.

Expand your Skills

Being passionate about sports is not enough to make a career in the sport industry.  Our program helps you understand the influence of sport in society and develops your skills in the following categories:

  • Marketing & Communications
  • Facilities Management
  • Leadership Development
  • Media Relations
  • Risk Management
  • Team Building
  • Financial Analysis
  • Title IX Competency
  • Financial Analysis
  • Community Outreach
  • Research Methods

Develop your Career

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports on average professionals with a master’s degree earn $12,000 more a year than those with a bachelor’s degree.  Some of the career opportunities that may be available to you:

  • Athletic Director
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Ticketing & Sales
  • Intercollegiate Compliance
  • Coaching
  • Media Relations
  • Account Executive
  • Intramural & Club Sports
  • Academic Advising
  • Sport Facilities Management
  • Team & Game Operations
  • Recreation Management

Extend your Reach

The Gonzaga University brand is well known in the sports world and beyond.  Earning your degree from Gonzaga adds prestige to your resume.  You will also become a part of Gonzaga’s vast alumni network.  Our graduates work at many organizations including:

  • Seattle Thunderbirds
  • USA Basketball U16
  • Spokane Sports Commission
  • University of Wisconsin/Madison
  • Seattle Storm
  • Spokane Chiefs
  • Gonzaga University
  • University of Utah
  • U.S. Women’s Volleyball
  • Spokane Empire
  • University of Hawaii
  • Winthrop University

Stretch your Mind

You will gain real-world experience with an internship.  Here is a partial list of where our graduates have interned:

  • Seattle Mariners
  • Baltimore Orioles
  • Spokane Storm
  • Spokane Empire
  • Gonzaga University
  • Washington Redskins
  • Fiesta Cactus Bowl
  • Spokane Chiefs
  • Spokane Hoopfest
  • Texas A&M University
  • Cleveland Indians
  • Tacoma Rainiers
  • Spokane Indians
  • Spokane Bloomsday
  • Oregon State

Heighten your Awareness

Whether you choose our online or on-campus program, you will be immersed in a rich learning environment exposing you to information from a diverse group of classmates.  Our expert faculty are committed to helping you achieve your goals.

What our graduates say about the program:

“I chose the program at Gonzaga because I knew Gonzaga was a great institution that provided quality education.  My degree has helped me to reach positions in my career that I truly don’t believe I could have earned or been effective in, if I did not earn my degree.”

Brent Seidel
Hockey Operations Coordinator
Seattle Thunderbirds/MASAA

“My master’s degree from Gonzaga jump-started my career in a way that would have taken at least twice as long to accomplish without it.  I gained valuable experience both in and out of the virtual classroom that has been instrumental to my professional and personal development.  I was also able to make connections with classmates and professors that have extended my professional network tenfold and boosted my influence in the community.”

Emily Helander
Account Executive, Ticket Sales & Service
Seattle Storm/MASAA

“My degree has absolutely helped me.  First and foremost, it opened necessary doors to get me that very first job in athletics.  If I didn’t get that first one, none of these others would have happened.  I’ve received several promotions since getting the degree.  Master’s degrees in sport are becoming more and more popular.  Gonzaga’s program has the benefit of having entered the industry early and placing many successful graduates into the industry.”

Ken Halpin
Athletic Director
Winthrop University/MASAA


Read more student testimonials here.

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, 2018

“#7 Best Value Among West Regional Universities” by U.S. News & World Report, 2018

“#3 Best Colleges for Veterans in the West” by U.S. News & World Report, 2018

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

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

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