Grad Program- Seattle University Master’s in Sport Administration and Leadership

by C. H. Wilson, Jr. on February 13, 2014

CenturyLinkFiledPhotoI would like to encourage all of you who know of anyone who is interested in doing a Master’s degree in sport management to have them look at our program in Sport Administration and Leadership (MSAL) at Seattle University. Over the last three years, our job placement rate has been above 90% within 6 months of graduation, with the average time to obtain a job being 2.2 months. In addition, almost 40% had jobs before they finished the 2-year program. And we have three alums working for the SUPER BOWL CHAMPION SEATTLE SEAHAWKS! The average starting salary of our grads is slightly above $37,000 and the average of those 3 years out is above $44,000, indicating that our graduates are getting jobs at decent starting salaries and are moving up the career ladder relatively quickly.


Of those who entered the MSAL program this fall of 2013, we were able to help 85% get either an assistantship or a paid internship. These assistantships paid anywhere from $13,000 to $16,000 and we awarded 9. The paid internships were typically less, but ranged from $3,600 to $13,000. We placed incoming students as interns with the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Reign among others, in Corporate Sponsorships, with Donor Relations, in Athletic Communications, Marketing and Promotions, Video Production, and Game Operations, to mention a few. For fall of 2014, we will again have assistantships and paid internships available. I would like to highlight some of the internships available for next fall. We have two with the Seattle Mariners in the ticketing department as a Client Sales and Services Associate that pay over $13,000. We would really like to fill these two spots but we need people that have ticketing experience. We also will have many external assistantships available through the University of Washington Athletic Department, such as Marketing and Promotions Coordinator, Social Media developer, Event Management, and many more, please see our website for all of the positions.


To obtain an assistantship or an internship, students must be admitted to the MSAL program. This year’s cohort had an average GPA of 3.42 and averaged in the 50th to 60th percentile on the three segments of the GRE. We want students who are interested in being leaders in this field, critically analyzing complex problems, and using theory and research to identify and solve issues for sport organizations. Our coursework is focused on providing students with a solid theoretical foundation in many content areas and in assisting students to become critical thinkers who can apply theory to practical assignments. Most courses include real-world experiences and projects that require the student to investigate a problem and attempt to solve it by integrating new knowledge and multiple perspectives. Our students interact with sport organizations such as the Seattle Sounders, Seahawks, Storm, Mariners, University of Washington, and many others in almost every class when working on their projects. On average, four industry professionals guest lecture in each course over the quarter, thus expanding the potential networking opportunities for students.


This is an excellent opportunity for anyone who is interested in obtaining a Master’s degree in Sport Management while getting real world experience leading to employment in the field of sport.  Interested individuals should contact me by email (see below). Additional information is available on the MSAL website or click on the link below.




Galen T. Trail, Ph.D.

Professor, Sport Administration & Leadership

MSAL Coordinator

Seattle University

Lynn 112

901 12th Avenue

P.O. Box 222000

Seattle, WA 98122

PH: 206.398.4605

Fax: 206.398.4618

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