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Frequently Asked Questions – FAQs

Here are some answers to our most frequently asked questions.  If you have additional questions, call or text additional questions to 1-866-380-5323.

Fall 2018 Priority Application Deadline

General Questions about MASAA

Why choose a Jesuit education?

Jesuits have been educating people since 1540. Gonzaga was founded in 1887 and continues to pursue a mission of educating leaders with the capacity for reflective and critical thought. Gonzaga’s master’s programs offer you the opportunity to pursue a degree that strives to educate the whole person: intellectually, spiritually, physically and emotionally.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The average student completes the program in 5 semesters, less than 2 years.

Can I transfer credits into the program?

Graduate students may transfer credits into their program with the approval of the Department Chair, the Dean of the student’s program and the Registrar’s Office. A maximum of 1/5 of program credits (usually 6 semester credits for graduate level students) may be transferred.

Coursework must be distinctively graduate level by the transfer institution and must have been taken within the last five years. A minimum grade of a B (P grades must be defined as B or better) must be earned. Courses previously applied to a completed degree are not transferable to the student’s current program.

The Course Experience

MASAA is offered online or 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.

Can I combine online and on-campus courses?

You cannot combine the course delivery methods.

What are some of the differences between the online and the on-campus programs?


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


  • 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 or 5 semesters

Are online students required to come to campus?

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

How many students are typically in a class?

Typically 15-20 students are in a course, which is often split into smaller discussion groups. Class sizes are kept small to allow professors more one-on-one time with you.

Who will be teaching my classes?

All classes, both online and on-campus are designed by our Gonzaga faculty. Most classes are taught by faculty who have a PhD or an M.A. degree with extensive experience.

What does the internship involve?

The internship involves actual real-world experience in a sport, recreation or athletic organization.

As an on-campus MASAA student, you will work with your advisor on the timing of the 2 internships.

As an online MASAA student, you will do your internship in the fall of the second year.  However, there are opportunities to complete this requirement at other times within the program.

Whether online or on-campus, you are required to complete a minimum of 150 hours per internship with the organization along with specific written assignments to enhance your professional goals and personal reflection.  You will work closely with faculty to find the right internship for your interests.

What is the class schedule?

As a fulltime student, you are required to take a minimum of 6 credits (2 classes) per semester.

Online: You have 24/7 access to your online classroom across the 8 week class.

On-Campus: For each class, you will attend a 3 hour class in the evening usually a scheduled on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. On-campus classes span a full 16-week semester.

Does the program require summer classes?

Online: 2 courses.

On-campus: 1 online course.

What does the Capstone 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.

How much time is required per week to be successful in the MASAA Program?

This will vary depending on the courses you are taking, your learning style and your course load. However, most students dedicate approximately 10-15 hours per week towards coursework. This may fluctuate. During a week with a major paper or project due, you might spend more time on coursework than other weeks. What remains true is that you will get out of this program what you put into it.

What type of support services will I recieve?

We are all here to help you succeed.

Tuition, Scholarships & Discounts

What is the cost of tuition?

Tuition is the same for both online and on-campus courses.  The cost per credit is competitive at $970.

How can I pay for my graduate degree?

We have a number of resources to help you fund your education.

As a graduate student, you qualify for Federal Student Aid. This funding is not need based, follow the link to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Gonzaga also offers payment plan options and other financial resources. For more information contact Admissions at 1-866-380-5323.

Are graduate student scholarships available?

Yes, there are many scholarships available, but you will have to search for them. Gonzaga’s Financial Aid Office maintains a database of scholarships for students to access, search and apply for awards.

What is a Graduate Assistant?

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.  You can find more information about graduate assistantships by clicking here.

Do you offer a military discount?

We offer a 10% discount to active members of the military and their spouses, as well as to veterans. View complete information here.

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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