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Frequently Asked Questions


You probably have a few questions about our MASAA program, here are a some answers.

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What are the applications deadlines?

Fall 2017 Start Application Deadline:

The MASAA program is offered online as well as on campus. What are the benefits of each option?

Online Classes:

  • You need the flexibility to log into the online classroom any time instead of attending a class at a scheduled time.
  • You live too far away to commute to campus.
  • You prefer to concentrate on one class at a time.
  • You travel with your current job.

On-Campus Classes:

  • You live in the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene area or are willing to relocate.
  • You are able to attend class one or two nights a week for three hours each, usually between 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm.
  • You prefer a 16-week class rather than the faster pace of the online eight weeks.
  • You learn better in a more structured, traditional classroom setting with face-to-face instruction with instructors.

Am I able to combine on-campus and online courses if I am in either program?

You cannot combine the course delivery methods.

What are some of the differences between the online program and the campus based program?

Online Program

  • Length of course: 8 weeks
  • Courses per semester: 1 every 8 weeks
  • 1 Internship
  • Credits per semester: typically between 6 and 7
  • Length of program: less than 2 years, 5 semesters

Campus-Based Program

  • Length of course: 16 weeks – meets 2 nights per week
  • Courses per semester: 2 taken simultaneously
  • 2 Internships
  • Length of program: less than 2 years, 5 semesters

Are online students required to come to campus?

No, while online students are welcome to visit, there are no required campus courses.

What does the internship involve?

The internship involves actual real-world experience in a sport, recreation, or athletic organization. The on-campus MASAA students will work with their advisor on the timing of the 2 internships. For the online MASAA program it is offered in the fall of the second year (but there are opportunities to complete this requirement at other times within the program). Students are required to complete a minimum of 150 hours per internship with the organization along with specific written assignments to enhance professional goals and personal reflection. You will work closely with faculty to find the right internship for your interests.

What is the class schedule/load for the program?

Full time graduate students are required to take a minimum of 6 credits (2 classes) per semester.  They may take up to 10 credits without being considered overload.  Fees are assessed on a per credit basis.

What does the Capstone Experience final project entail?

You will create a final project based on the course content, internship, and other service or professional actives in the program.  The course is taken during your final semester and you will work closely with faculty on the project.

What type of support will I receive?

The Student Services team is available 7 days a week to answer your questions and connect you to the resources you need. You will also be assigned a faculty advisor to help guide you with your academic goals.

Online and on-campus students have access to all of Gonzaga’s resources including Foley Library, IT Help Desk, the Career Center, Grad Student Association, Disability Access, and University Ministry.

Does the program require summer classes?

Online: 2 courses.

On-campus: 1 online course, students often use this time to complete an internship.

What is a Graduate Assistant and how do I find out more information?

Graduate Assistants typically teach undergraduate classes in our extensive physical education activity program. To apply, write a letter of request addressing your qualifications for an assistantship position and send it to the Department Chair, Dr. Karen Rickel at Applications for graduate assistantships are accepted until positions are filled, but candidates are encouraged to apply by February 15th for priority consideration for the following fall semester. More info.

Program information is subject to change.

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


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