Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in the Sport Business Leadership Program at Seattle University.
Our curriculum is set up to provide you with the skills to work in sport in many different capacities.
We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions, please reach out if you do not find an answer on this list.

Q: Do I have to have a sports management or business background to be admitted into the program?

A: Not at all! We purposely look for students from a variety of backgrounds and majors. We believe that developing knowledge in an area in which you are interested allows you to then think more deeply about how to apply that and utilize that in a sport context. That said, when we do have business majors, they enjoy the deeper understandings specific to sport.

Q: How long does it take to complete the MSBL master’s degree?

A: The MSBL Master’s degree is typically completed in 23 months. While most students complete the degree in this timeframe, you may extend that timeline. 99% of our students complete the degree in fewer than 2.5 years.

Q: Will I be able to fit classes in my work schedule?

A: Most of our students work while they attend our program. Given that the classes are in the evenings, it allows students to work and/or intern full or part-time. Our classes are 6-9 pm and offered Monday-Wednesday. Learn more about our Course Offerings and Recommended Schedule

Q: Is the MSBL the program online?

A: The MSBL program is a face-to-face program located on Capitol Hill in Seattle. While almost all of the MSBL classes are in-person, we do offer a summer fully online course during the summer between the first and second year of study.

Q: How much do I have to pay per class?

A: Our program is 48 credits and each credit for the 2020-21 AY is $750. Tuition is $36,000 for the 2020-21 AY. Each class is usually three credits, and students usually enroll in 2 classes per quarter. However, your quarterly payment is based upon the total number of credits you take and the cost of credits for that course.
For up to date financial information please click here

Q: Do I have to pay any fees?

A: Yes, here's a breakdown of fees per quarter

Recreation Fee, Graduate student enrollment of 9 credits or more (per quarter)      $100
Recreation Fee, Graduate student enrollment of fewer than 9 credits (per quarter)     $65
Technology Fee, Graduate student enrollment of 9 credits or more (per quarter)      $175
Technology Fee, Graduate student enrollment of fewer than 9 credits (per quarter)     $115
Graduate Activity Fee (per quarter) $10

Q: When is the deadline to submit my application?

A: We admit students once a year for a mid-August start. The priority deadline is February 15 for the cohort that begins mid-August, but we accept applications until July 15 providing the cohort has not yet filled. The process is outlined here.

Q: I have a low undergrad GPA. Would that be an issue when my application is being considered?

A: Our average GPA historically and for current students is 3.5. Thus, a 2.0 would not make you competitive for admission to our program. However, we look only at the last 2 years of your undergraduate courses to calculate your GPA. So, if your GPA from those years were closer to 3.0, you would be much more competitive.

We do assess applicants holistically, so if you scored really high on the GRE or GMAT, such as significantly higher than our 50th percentile requirement, that would help. An essay that answers the question and three very solid recommendations from prior professors speaking to your academic ability also helps. If these latter items are stellar, then they could potentially offset a lower GPA.

Q: Can International Students Apply for Graduate Assistantships?

A: Yes, international students can apply for Graduate Assistantships. 

Q: How do I apply for Graduate Assistantships?

A: In order to apply for a GA position, you have to first be fully admitted to the program. For that reason, we recommend having you complete the application by the priority deadline, February 15. Applicants who make this deadline will receive notification on March 1. That gives you plenty of time to prepare your GA application by the March 30 deadline. We expect to know which positions are available sometime in mid-January. You can find out more about graduate assistantships here.

Q: I am planning on attempting the joint program with the law school, can I use the LSAT score in place of the GMAT?

A: Yes, you can use your LSAT score in place of GMAT, but if your transcripts do not show enough Math competency, you may be required to take a Statistics Quiz.

Q: How can I get information regarding housing?

Graduate students find their own housing. However, we do have some helpful information.

Seattle University Housing and Residence Life has limited availability in on-campus housing for graduate students. 

  • Vi Hilbert Hall has a variety of apartment types available to Seattle University students. For more information, please visit their website: Vi Hilbert Hall
  • The Douglas Apartments have a variety of apartment types available to Seattle University students. For more information, please visit their website: The Douglas Apartments
  • The Yobi Apartments have studio apartments with community kitchens available for Seattle University Students. To apply for a Yobi Apartment, please submit a Housing Application on the Housing Portal. For information about the apartments themselves, please visit the website: The Yobi

If you need assistance finding off-campus housing, you can visit our Off-Campus Housing site for information and possible available housing. The site includes a link for a listing of off-campus apartments near campus.

Helpful Facebook Pages:

Seattle University has also partnered with Places4Students, a company that specializes in providing Off-Campus Housing solutions for students. This service is free for all students to use as an effective method of finding a place to live off-campus or finding a roommate. Students need not register to search listings.  Landlords can list properties at very competitive rates (less than most other mediums of advertising). 

Contact Sue Ann Huang, Assistant Director, Residential Life, for more information, (206) 296-6305


Maylon Hanold


(206) 296-2231

Rose Kaser

Program Coordinator

(206) 398-4610

Victoria Olive

Graduate Admissions

(206) 296-2217