Frequently Asked Questions

The Transition to MBA in Sport and Entertainment Management [MBA SEM]
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 to the new 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: When is the deadline to submit my application?

A: We admit students once a year for a late June start. The priority deadline is February 15 for the cohort that begins in late June, but we accept applications until May 15 providing the cohort has not yet filled.

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.

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 or GRE.

Q: Will it take longer to complete the MBA in Sport and Entertainment Management program?

A: The MBA in Sport and Entertainment Management will take 24 months to complete, only one month longer than the current program. While most students complete the degree in this timeframe, you may extend that timeline. The program now begins at the end of June for the Summer 8-week session.

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-Thursday. Learn more about our course offerings and program schedule by signing up for a virtual info session.

Q: What is the reasoning behind frontloading the MBA courses included in the program? 

A: Most of your MBA course occurs in the first year to provide you with a solid business foundation before you undertake most of the sport-specific courses. If you don’t already work in sport, we expect you to be completing an internship in a sport organization during your second year.

Q: The former Masters in Sports Business Leadership program required 6 credits of internship. How do internships fit within the new MBA SEM program? 

A: Internships are still required, but you do not register for them separately. They are a required part of your capstone course. 50% of your capstone grade will be your internship/work experience evaluation. 

Q: Will the MBA classes included in the program be taken with only our MBA in SEM program cohort or with professional MBA program students as well?

A: You’ll join other professional MBA students for the MBA courses. We know these courses will enrich your experience. Contributions from classmates are expected, and we know you’ll be challenged and learn a great deal through this integration.

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 prior to March 1. That gives you plenty of time to prepare your GA application. We expect to know which positions are available sometime in late-January. You can find out more about graduate assistantships here.

Q: Does an MBA in Sports and Entertainment Management have a higher Return on Investment than a Masters in Sports Business Leadership? 

A: We asked our alumni and over 40 sport industry professionals this same question. Without a doubt, the MBA option will serve you well no matter where you end up. The experts and alumni agree that the MBA provides a much stronger foundation of business and leadership skills that will help you get hired, position you well once you’re hired, and lead to greater career flexibility.

Q: Is the new MBA SEM the program online?

A: The MBA SEM program is like the MSBL in that it is a face-to-face program located on Capitol Hill in Seattle. While almost all of the MBA SEM classes are in-person, there are a couple of fully online courses during the fall of the first year and summer between the first and second year.

Q: What is the tuition of the new degree?

A: The new MBA SEM program is 55-56 credits. Students take 20 MBA credits, 30 sport specific courses and 5-6 credits of electives. You take 34 credits the first year (tuition $28,800) and 21 credits the second year (tuition $16,200). The total tuition is $45,035 for AY 2021-22.

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

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: 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 Housing and Resident Life for more information.


Maylon Hanold


(206) 296-2231

Rose Kaser

Program Coordinator

(206) 398-4610

Victoria Olive

Graduate Admissions

(206) 296-2217