FAQs

Here are some answers to our most frequently asked questions about Gonzaga's Master's in Sport and Athletic Administration.

You will find answers to our most frequently asked questions below.

For Additional Questions:

Contact: Meghan Semmens
Call or Text (509) 313-6245 or (866) 380-5323
Email: semmensm@gonzaga.edu

General Questions

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, 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 access your 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 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.
  • 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?

Online Program:

  • 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

On-campus 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 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
  • On-campus students - 2 internships
  • Online students - 1 internship
  • Complete minimum of 150 hours per internship
  • Written assignments to enhance your professional goals and personal reflection.

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 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?

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 receive?

The Student Services team is available to answer your questions 6 days a week and connect you to the resources you need.  You will also be assigned a faculty advisor to help you meet your academic goals. Online students have access to all of Gonzaga's resources including:

  • Foley Library
  • IT Help Desk
  • Career Center
  • Grad Student Association
  • Disability Access
  • University Ministry

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. Gonzaga also offers payment plan options and other financial resources.

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 rickelk@gonzaga.edu. 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.

For additional questions, please contact an Admissions Counselor
Call or Text (866) 380-5323

Program information is subject to change.