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M.S. Athletic Administration

Course Description

Central Washington University is excited to offer a Master of Science Degree in Athletic Administration. The master’s program is a 46-credit online program. The CWU Master of Science in Athletic Administration prepares aspiring and practicing athletic administrators for successful careers in Athletic Administration by providing knowledge, understanding, and the application of successful leadership and management strategies, processes, and skills.
Central Washington University’s (CWU) College of Education and Professional Studies (CEPS) is recognized nationwide for successful training of graduate students in educational administration, psychology, and counseling. CWU graduate students successfully attain positions in education as administrators, school psychologists, and counselors. Housed in CEPS, the Department of Health, Educational Administration and Movement Studies (HEAMS) directs the Athletic Administration Master’s Program with its knowledgeable professors who have considerable experience in interscholastic and intercollegiate athletics as athletic directors, advisors, mentors, and coaches. Tenure track faculty, experienced in teaching, are aware of the need for the practical application of skills, and the knowledge and understanding necessary for successful leadership in athletics.

The opportunity for a degree in athletic administration comes at a time when the need for competent and knowledgeable athletic administrators is on the rise. In today’s fast-paced world of athletic administration, beginning Athletic Directors have little time to engage in “on-the-job” training. New Athletic Directors must be ready to set program direction, establish open communication and professional relationships, apply problem-solving strategies, and address budgetary and other program issues, all while managing an efficient and people-friendly program. Our master’s program prepares new and practicing athletic directors to be capable leaders and efficient managers who work efficiently and effectively.

Athletic Administration Master’s Program Cohort:

As a member of a CWU Athletic Administration cohort, you will work with your fellow graduate students on projects and coursework over a two-year period. Your understanding and application of the strategies and processes of athletic administration will grow with each quarter of participation. Each cohort member relies on the timely and effective support of classmates and faculty. Furthermore, the professional relationships you build as a member of the cohort greatly affect the efficiency and efficacy with which you and your classmates participate and complete coursework. In addition, each member of the cohort establishes a network of professional relationships they rely on as they move forward as practicing coaches and athletic administrators. In short, you and your fellow graduate students will come to rely on one another through two years of coursework, including the coursework you will complete during each summer session. Research in higher education has shown that professional groups, i.e. cohorts, projects, and workshops, engage students, and provide highly interactive and effectual learning environments.

Summer Sessions: Each CWU Master of Science in Athletic Administration cohort will participate in two on-campus, two-week summer sessions. The first session (during the cohort’s first summer) will be the initial experience of the AA cohort. As such, it will give each cohort member the opportunity to meet and work with other cohort members and get up to speed using technology applicable to the master’s program and the practicing athletic director. The second summer session (during the cohort’s second summer) will provide each cohort member with the opportunity to solidify professional relationships, prepare for the cooperative experience, and begin the culminating project. Students may not skip a summer session and then make it up after their project/thesis/examination.

If students cannot make plans for attending both two-week sessions (in order), they may be dropped from the program. (The $50 application is non-refundable). This includes those students selected as Graduate Assistants who may have to work summer camps. We suggest that before prospective students apply, they make certain they are willing and able to attend the summer sessions on campus. The sessions are always around the last week and a half of June and end right before the 4th of July.

Additional Program Information
Cooperating Experience: Each student will complete a one-quarter “cooperating experience” with a practicing professional in athletic administration. The “experience” can take place at a variety of athletic-related programs, i.e. high school and intercollegiate athletic administration, state or national athletic-governing associations or professional associations, private or public recreational facilities or departments, or professional sports organizations. Each “experience” will include a substantive professional project that addresses a current need or problem within the participating organization.

Professional Certification: National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) administrative certification as a Registered Athletic Administrator (RAA) is available to master’s degree candidates upon completion of the CWU Master of Science in Athletic Administration. Additional certifications can be pursued through exams.

Visit the M.S. Athletic Administration page on the Central Washington University website for more details!

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4562.jpg “CWU is located in an ideal location, its right in the middle of WA and within driving distance of any city in WA which makes it easier to take vacations. CWU has small classes with less than 30 students in each class, this encourages a close student-instructor relationship which has been very helpful to me especially during my freshman year when I was trying to get used to the way of life here. CWU offers amazing tuition prices and waivers for international students to enable them to concentrate on school and not have to worry about their financials all the time. The international community here at CWU is very supportive of international students and the advisors are always looking out for the students by exploring new ways to improve the services they already offer.”


International Student Scholarship - No. of awards TBC

CWU's international student scholarship is a tuition scholarship and awards are based on current tuition rates. This scholarship is renewable each year at CWU as student maintains eligibility requirements, including high grades.

Value of Scholarship(s)

up to $9200 per academic year


This is a merit-based international student scholarship for graduate students. Awards vary based on incoming overall grades. It is automatically awarded.

Application Procedure

No separate application required

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Please see website for more details

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