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Sport Administration and Leadership

Financial Aid

Graduate students must be enrolled at least part-time (three credits per quarter) to be considered for financial assistance; however for some scholarships, the student must be registered for at least 6 credits per quarter, excluding summer. There are three financial aid options available: student loans, scholarships, and graduate assistantships. Seattle University financial aid is not available for international students; however international students may apply for MSAL scholarships as well as graduate assistantships.

Application Process

To be considered for financial aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA). This is your application for federal, state, and institutional funds.
For further information, contact the Student Financial Services Office.  

MSAL Scholarships

The MSAL program offers scholarships credited each quarter directly to your student account. The scholarships are offered based on financial need, current and/or prospective academic achievement. In all cases, renewal is based on the specifics of the scholarships and satisfactory academic progress. All scholarships are financial resources and must be coordinated with other types of financial aid. You must notify the Financial Aid office of any scholarships you receive which do not appear on your original award letter and report whether the scholarships are renewable, so the office can automatically include it with your subsequent awards.

The deadline for application is March 15th. Any applications received after that date will be considered contingent on availability of funds and acceptance into the MSAL program. The total amount of scholarship assistance is limited and it is possible that no funds will be available at the time you apply. The scholarship is a one-year award. Returning students must reapply for the scholarship for their second year.


To be considered for a scholarship, you must fully admitted (without restrictions) to the MSAL degree program and maintain a minimum of six (6) credits of coursework each quarter during the academic year and three (3) credits of coursework in summer.

Should your enrollment drop below these requirements, the scholarship will be reduced by a percent equal to the reduction in credits, charged against your student account, and any balance owed to the university will be your responsibility. In every instance, it is your responsibility to pay tuition no later than the published quarterly tuition due dates established by Seattle University.

You must maintain a 3.0 grade-point average in your graduate coursework to receive and/or retain a scholarship.


For applications based on financial need, a copy of the IRS 1040 (for U.S. citizens) or the Affidavit of Financial Support (for foreign residents) must be submitted along with a personal narrative that discusses your financial circumstances relative to the desired level of assistance. Students requesting a scholarship based on academic merit do not need to provide documentation of financial status, but still need to submit a cover letter explaining why they deserve the aid. Students may apply for both financial need and academic merit. The cover letter should address both aspects and a copy of the IRS 1040 (for U.S. citizens) or the Affidavit of Financial Support (for foreign residents) must be submitted. For incoming students, we also take into account the following from your application file: GPA, letters of recommendation and your personal essay. For returning students, we take into account the following: GPA, faculty recommendations which are solicited by the scholarship selection committee, and any other unique contributions to the MSAL program or sport community.

Submission Process and Timeline

March 15: MSAL Scholarship Application Priority Deadline

April 1: MSAL Scholarship Award Notification

After April 1: All subsequent applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis dependent on the availability of funds.

Please download the MSAL Financial Need Grant Application and submit your application and cover letter to:

Rose Kaser
Operations Manager
Master of Sport Administration and Leadership
901 12th Avenue 
Seattle WA. 98122

TEL: (206) 398-4610

General Scholarships

Marylou Wyse Award

Limited need-based scholarships available to new students admitted to select programs for up to two years.
No separate application required if FAFSA submitted to Graduate School Financial Aid department.

 External Scholarships

  • Seattle University resources include a national scholarship database program in the Career Development Center, and a listing of selected other external scholarships in the Student Financial Services Office.
  • The Internet offers numerous scholarship search opportunities and resources.
  • Libraries are excellent resource centers; however, frequently scholarship listing publications cannot be checked out so allow time to browse.
  • Check with your employer for scholarship and tuition reimbursement opportunities.

NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship for Careers in Athletics

This is to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Postgraduate Scholarship. The scholarships are for ethnic minorities and women interested in pursuing an advanced degree in a sports-related field.

The NCAA awards 13 scholarships to ethnic minorities and 13 scholarships to women college graduates who will be entering their initial year of postgraduate studies. The one-time $6,000 scholarships are non-renewable grants awarded once per school year.

Awardees of the scholarship must be entering their initial year of postgraduate studies during the 2014-2015 academic year and have been accepted into a sports administration or other program that will help the applicant obtain a career in intercollegiate athletics. Awardees must be a full-time student at all times while using the award.

The application deadline is Thursday, December 1. Applicants can apply using the online submission system. For access to the online submission system, you may log onto

Official transcript(s) must arrive, not postmarked on or before December 1, in order for the application to be considered.

Thank you for your support of the NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women's Enhancement Scholarship. If you have any questions, please contact Teaera Strum at or 317/917-6222.


Student Employment 

  • On-campus and off-campus job opportunities are available, information and opportunities can be found on the Student Employment page. 
  • A limited number of graduate assistantships are available