Students who want to pursue the JD/MSAL Joint degree must apply to both Sport Administration and Leadership (MSAL) in the College of Arts and Sciences and Seattle University’s Law School. Please visit SU’s Law School Admissions.

Participants in the JD/MSAL Joint Degree Program must spend their first year in the School of Law. Once the student has completed the required first year courses in the School of Law, he or she may then take courses in both the JD and MSAL programs.

Because the School of Law operates on a semester system and the rest of the university operates on a quarter system, joint program participants must carefully coordinate their schedules with the Associate Dean for Students in the School of Law and the Program Coordinator for MSAL in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The length of time required to complete the joint degree program is between 3 and 4 years for full-time students. Students in the joint program are required to complete 90 semester credits for the JD degree and 48 quarter credits for the MSAL degree.

In the joint degree program, students can satisfy the requirements for each degree by using a specified number of crossover credits to be chosen from a list of approved courses in each school. This allows the student, whether full-time or part-time, to complete the two degrees in a shorter period of time than if the student sought to obtain the JD and MSAL degrees independently.

Of the 90 semester credits required for the JD degree, 10 semester credits can be satisfied by 15 quarter credits chosen from a list of specified courses from the MSAL program (listed below).

Of the 48 quarter credits required for the MSAL degree, a student enrolled in the joint degree program may satisfy up to 12 of the quarter credits with 8 semester credits earned in the law school from a list of approved courses (listed below).

Joint degree students will be required to take Sports Law in the School of Law. One quarter credit is the equivalent of .67 semester credits. So, for example, a 3 quarter credit crossover MSAL course could be used to satisfy 2 semester credits for the JD degree.

The following courses can be used to satisfy credit towards the Juris Doctorate and Master of Sports Administration and Leadership degrees. Not all courses are offered each quarter, semester, or year, and some courses may require particular sequencing or have prerequisites. Crossover credit will not be granted for courses that are substantially similar to courses already taken in the other school.

School of Law

  • Administrative Law (ADMN-300)
  • Antitrust Law (ANTI-300)
  • Business Entities (BUSN-300)
  • Copyright Law (INTP-320)
  • Dispute Resolution (ALDR-300)
  • Drafting Legal Documents (WRIT-325)
  • Employment Discrimination (EMPL-315)
  • Employment Law (EMPL-300)
  • Intellectual Property (INTP-300)
  • Intellectual Property Licensing Lab (INTP-301)
  • Intellectual Property Licensing Law (INTP-310)
  • Labor Law Private Section (EMPL-305)
  • Products Liability (TORT-300)
  • Sports Law (SPRT-310) (required in lieu of SADL 504)
  • Trademark Administration Lab (INTP-316)
  • Trademark Law (INTP-315)

Sport Administration and Leadership Program 

  • Financing Sport Organizations (SADL-5050)
  • Strategic Marketing for Sport Organizations (SADL 5060)
  • Sports Media, Social Networking, Brand Communication (SADL-5070)
  • Sport Operations and Event Management (SADL-5080)
  • Developing Leadership in Sport (SADL 5120)
  • Sport Consumer Behavior (SADL 5140)
  • Sport Organizations - A Systems Perspective (SADL 5150)
  • Sport Promotions and Sponsorship (SADL 5160)


Contact Us

Maylon Hanold Ed.D.

Program Director
(206) 398.4663

Rose Kaser
Graduate Program Coordinator

Graduate Admissions



Master of Sports Leadership and Administration