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Financing Your Education

Earning a Master of Arts in Sport & Athletic Administration from Gonzaga University leads to career opportunities. We also understand that financing any education can be hard, and we want to make the journey as easy as possible for you. This page explains how to finance your graduate education and the different options available.

Financial Aid

Graduate and Doctoral students may be eligible for Federal Stafford Loans. Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) annually to be eligible for federal financial aid. Students must also be admitted as a matriculated student in a graduate or doctoral program in order to receive federal financial aid.

Complete a FAFSA. (Gonzaga University’s school code is 003778).

Loan Eligibility

Graduate and Doctoral students are eligible to receive up to $20,500 in unsubsidized Stafford Loans each academic year (fall semester – summer semester).

Learn more about graduate student loans.


Gonzaga’s Financial Aid Office maintains a database of scholarships. Click here to search our list of scholarships.  For more information about scholarship opportunities, call or text the admissions department at 1-866-380-5323.

Employer Tuition Reimbursements

Many organizations offer tuition reimbursement programs. Please check with your benefits department for details.

Payment Plans

You can work with the Student Accounts office to set up a payment plan for your tuition.   Download the payment plan application here.

Questions?  Contact Student Accounts at 509-313-6812 or

MASAA Graduate Assistantships

Campus students only


Each year the Department of Sport and Physical Education offers a select number of graduate assistantship positions to individuals pursuing a degree in Sport & Athletic Administration.  Currently, assistantships are awarded to individuals to teach undergraduate classes in Gonzaga University’s extensive activities program.  Assistants are awarded two to five credits a semester.

The number of assistantships offered each year is based upon the needs of the department and student enrollment.  Selection criteria include academic record, recommendations, experience, and departmental needs.  While each applicant is asked for a preference of courses in which he/she feels competent to teach, the department cannot guarantee the desired courses will be given.

Once all the teaching assistantships have been conferred, if all allotted assistantship credits have not been awarded, the remaining credits may be granted to individuals interested in pursuing research assistantships.  In this case, the student will be assigned a faculty member to work with on current research projects.

Preference will be given to applicants who have experience in the types of duties required for the position in which he/she applies.

Teaching Assistantships Qualifications

  • Have been granted full admission to the Sport and Athletic Administration program
  • Possess a desire to teach undergraduate activity courses
  • Possess an “expertise” in a unique activity that would allow us to expand our course offerings (i.e. backpacking, orienteering, triathlon training, etc.)
  • Possess coaching and/or teaching experience in activities currently offered in our activity class program. Demonstrate a desire to undertake administrative responsibilities within the activities program. This includes, but is not limited to, holding office hours, conducting evaluations, and covering courses for others in a time of need.
    • Please view the following link for examples of some of the activity courses offered through the activity program (EDPE 100-189).

Research Assistantships Qualifications

  • Have been granted full admission to the Sport and Athletic Administration program
  • Possess a desire to work with individual faculty in assisting with research projects, presentations or other professional writings.  You would not be expected to prepare class lessons or lectures, grade papers, etc.
  • Possess exemplary writing, research and organizational skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to follow directions from selected faculty

Application Process

  • Write a letter of request addressing your qualifications for an assistantship position and send it to the Department Chair, Dr. Karen Rickel at
  • Applications will be reviewed in late May to determine “fit” and departmental needs.
  • Applicants will be notified mid-summer of acceptance or rejection.  This date may vary based on the University notifying Departments of available assistantships.Gonzaga University subscribes to the principles and laws of the State of Washington and the Federal Government, including applicable executive orders pertaining to civil rights.  All rights, privileges and activities of the university are made available without regard to race, color, creed, gender and physical condition.


  • For each credit awarded, assistants are expected to work 45 hours over the course of the semester.  A graduate assistant’s hours consist of a combination of teaching, instructional preparation (researching), and administrative work.
  • The amount awarded per semester is based on the current tuition for graduate students.  For example, if the tuition is $700/credit, that means the stipend equals $700/credit awarded.  The number of credits awarded based on the needs of the department varies slightly each semester.  On average, each graduate assistant is awarded 3 credits/term.  Payment will be divided over a four-month period and any hours not completed will be deducted monthly.
  • Graduate assistants are paid twice a month and have the option of taking the money or turning it back over to student accounts to apply toward their tuition.


Graduate assistantship positions start in late August, run for one academic semester, and are renewable for three to five additional academic semesters (fall & spring) based on the quality of work determined by a department evaluation system.  A graduate assistantship normally ends when a period of agreement is concluded and the terms of the assistantship agreement are fulfilled.  Otherwise, a graduate assistantship may be terminated for the following reasons:

  • Resignation by the student
  • Failure of the student to perform his/her assigned duties adequately
  • Failure of the student to remain in good academic standing

Individuals are notified well in advance of non-renewal for the following term.

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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