College of Arts and Sciences
Sport Administration and Leadership


The MSAL Program uses a modified cohort system, and we welcome all new students each year during our Summer Intersession course (mid-August to mid-September). Our priority review application deadline is February 15th, but we encourage applicants to begin the process as early as possible. Preparing for the GRE or GMAT, making sure your recommendations have been submitted, and writing the admission essay are three of our admission requirements that take time.

You may begin the application process at any time by simply clicking ’apply’ and uploading your contact information. Taking this first step is key to keeping you informed about any updates and program news. Getting your application process started and meeting the priority deadline allows you to know your status regarding eligibility for Graduate Assistantships, which are only available to those students who are admitted to the MSAL program.

Applications are accepted until mid-July provided we have open spaces. Our current cohort maximum is 30 students. We are a small program dedicated to helping students achieve their career goals through small class sizes, leading edge curriculum and faculty who care about you. We will be with you every step of the way.

The following information is required for application:

  • Completed Application for Graduate Admission form and a non-refundable $55 application fee (waived for Seattle University alumni).
  • Official transcripts reflecting a four-year bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from a regionally accredited institution as well as any post-baccalaureate course work
  • GRE exam scores (recent GMAT scores may be substituted, but contact MSAL coordinator for more information)
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who have evaluated applicant's academic work or supervised practical experience and are able to assess potential for graduate study. These letters should address the applicant's potential for academic success at the graduate level, specifically noting the fit of the applicant to the mission and goals of Seattle University and the MSAL program.
  • A 400-word essay describing how the MSAL program (specifically mission, goals, learning outcomes, and classes) will help the applicant achieve personal and professional goals.
  • Professional résumé.
  • If English is not the applicant's native language, official English proficiency scores meeting the university's entrance requirements must be submitted. See policy 2008-01 in Admissions Policies for details


For those students who are admitted to the program and are interested in an Assistantship, the deadline to apply for the Assistantship is March 30th.


To apply for the MSAL program and for additional SU graduate program information, please follow the instructions on the Graduate Admissions website.