Department of Sport and Physical Education

Chairperson: Diane Tunnell

Master of Arts in Sport and Athletic Administration

The program is designed as an interdisciplinary curriculum, grounded in the liberal arts, drawing on studies in educational and organizational theory.  The program prepares candidates for administrative/management careers in the sport and health industry environments. The emphasis is on preparing candidates to administer programs in accordance with best professional practices. An integral part of the program is the field-based experiences (internships) in which candidates acquire skills and experience under the supervision of an advisor and a field administrator.

The curriculum is designed as a 34 semester credit program with an average two year completion time for full time students. Students entering in the fall semester can usually complete the program requirements within the  two years provided they take six to nine credits per semester.

During the past few years, some institutions have hired our alumni, include The University of Oklahoma Athletics, Georgetown University, Washington State University, University of Arizona, Illinois State University, Boise State University, Drake University, Ohio University, Texas State University, Lewis and Clark State College, North Idaho College, Lake Forest College, Gonzaga University, Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA), Whitworth University, Dixie State College of Utah, Spokane Community Colleges, Washington Nationals (MLB), Hillsboro Hops (Minor League Baseball), Spokane Indians (Minor League Baseball), Spokane Chiefs (Western Hockey League), Lethbridge Hurricanes (Western Hockey League), Mizuno, Spokane Regional Sport Commission, Spokane Youth Sports Association (SYSA), Volleyball of the Rockies, The Dirty Dash, and more.


Each applicant must submit the following materials to the School of Education Graduate Admissions Office:

  1. A completed application form (see the School of Education Website: and non-refundable fee.
  2. A written statement of purpose addressing the following:
    * The applicant’s interest in graduate studies in the field of sport and athletic administration
    * Self-assessment of  the applicant’s current strengths relevant to completing graduate-level coursework
    * Description of what the applicant hopes to gain from a master’s degree program.
  3. Two letters of recommendation sent directly from the recommending persons to the School of Education Graduate Admissions Office using the confidential recommendation forms (see the School of Education web site).
  4. A resumé.
  5. One official transcript from each college or university attended (international applicants must submit foreign transcripts in the original language as well as a copy in English).  Final transcripts must bear a posted bachelor’s degree.  Only degrees and courses from a regionally  accredited institution will be accepted.
  6. Submission of an official TOEFL score of at least 550 (minimum score of 80 if taken via internet) by each international applicant who graduated from a foreign college or university and whose native language is not English.
  7. Submission of a financial declaration form and supporting documentation by each international applicant.


A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required.

Program Outline: 34 credits