Seattle University

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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Seattle University – Seattle, WA

The Sport Administration & Leadership program in the College of Arts & Sciences at Seattle University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor to begin in September 2014.

The successful candidate must demonstrate teaching excellence and strong scholarly potential. Responsibilities include supervision of student research projects; and teaching a combination of graduate courses in the following areas focused on sport: HRM , media & brand communications, event management, legal issues, marketing, promotions and sponsorship, ethics, finance, “green sports”, and experience or interest in teaching some courses in an online/hybrid format. The successful candidate will also be expected to develop and maintain an active, high quality program of research/scholarship and engage in professional and university service activities.

Minimum Qualifications

Earned doctorate in sport management or closely related field; dedication to the values and mission of Seattle University; an active research agenda in sport management.

Preferred Qualifications

Seattle U Description

Seattle University, founded in 1891, is a Jesuit Catholic university located on 48 acres on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. More than 7,700 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within eight schools. U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges 2013” ranks Seattle University among the top 10 universities in the West that offer a full range of masters and undergraduate programs. Seattle University is an equal opportunity employer


Non-Discrimination Policy

Seattle University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran in the administration of any of its education policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletics, and other school-administered policies and programs, or in its employment related policies and practices. In addition, the University does not discriminate on the basis of genetic information in its employment related policies and practices, including coverage under its health benefits program.

All University policies, practices and procedures are administered in a manner consistent with Seattle University’s Catholic and Jesuit identity and character. Inquiries relating to these policies may be referred to the University’s Vice President for Human Resources and University Services and Equal Opportunity Officer at (206) 296-5870.

Consistent with the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its implementing regulations, Seattle University has designated three individuals responsible for coordinating the University’s Title IX compliance. Students or employees with concerns or complaints about discrimination on the basis of sex in employment or an education program or activity may contact any one of the following Title IX coordinators:

Office of Human Resources

RINA 214

(206) 296-5870

Individuals may also contact the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit materials online at Include a cover letter, statement of teaching philosophy; curriculum vitae; select relevant publications; and the names and contact information for three references. Applications deadline: September 30th, 2013.

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