We have done our best to compile a list of frequently asked questions; please reach out if you do not find an answer on this list.
A: Feel free to submit the required materials as you collect them and use AppTracker to keep track of what you’re still missing:
A: Not at all! We purposely look for students from a variety of backgrounds and majors. Sport and entertainment business intersects many disciplines, and cultivating knowledge in an area that you’re interested in will allow you to think critically about how to apply that knowledge in a sport context. Having said that we do have business majors accepted to the program, and they enjoy a deeper understanding specific to sport.
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. After that we accept applications until the cohort fills, and our final deadline is April 15.
A: The average undergraduate GPA for students admitted to the program is 3.5. However, we only consider the last two years of your undergraduate courses when calculating your GPA. Thus, although generally, a 2.0 would not be competitive for admission to the program, if your GPA from the last two years of coursework is closer to 3.0, your application would be much more competitive.
A: Yes, you can use your LSAT score in place of GMAT or GRE. But GRE and GMAT Scores are not required.
A: Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is a hallmark of the MBA SEM, and we are proud to be the first program of its kind to prioritize DEI as a core philosophy.
A: We are known for our small class sizes and individualized attention. Our classes generally range between 20 and 30 students, which allows for robust discussion and collaborative engagement. Your professors will know you by name; you’ll develop close friendships and a real professional network. These relationships will carry you throughout your education and career and can only be done in a smaller, more personal setting - the kind we are known for.
A: Most of the core MBA courses occur in the first year to provide you with a solid business foundation before you begin the sport-specific courses. These courses are also front-loaded so that you will be ready to apply these foundational business skills to real-world problems in your second-year fellowship with a sport or entertainment organization if you don’t work in the industry already.
A: All students participate in the Fellowship Program (the program’s formal internship) during their second year, unless a student is already working for a sport organization. Your work experience is evaluated by your supervisor and is a required part of your capstone course; fifty percent of your capstone grade will be your fellowship/work experience evaluation.
A: The highlight of your immersion experience is our Fellowship Program! In your second year, you have the opportunity to be immersed in a Seattle sport organization, working 20 hours each week with a $15,000 stipend. The Fellowship Program is designed to provide meaningful work experiences while simultaneously developing your sport management knowledge in the classroom and providing opportunities for growth, both personally and professionally.
A: You will join other students in the Professional MBA program for the MBA courses. These core MBA courses will provide important foundational business skills and the interactions with other Albers MBA students will enrich your graduate experience. Robust engagement from classmates is expected; we know you’ll be challenged and learn a great deal through this integration.
A: The MBA SEM program is a residential program at Seattle University located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in the heart of Seattle, Washington. There is no option to complete the program entirely online.
A: The MBA SEM program is 55-56 credits. Students take 15 MBA credits, 35 sport-specific courses, and five to six credits of electives. The approximate total tuition is $48,270 over two years for those accepted to the Academic Year 2023-24 Cohort.
|Fee Type||Graduate student enrollment
Nine credits or more (per quarter)
|Graduate student enrollment
Fewer than nine credits (per quarter)
|Graduate Activity Fee||$10||$10|
A: Yes! We have several scholarships available:
A: Yes, most students use federal student loans by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). However, international students are not eligible for federal student loans.
A: Most of our students work while they attend the program. Because our classes are in the evenings, students may work or intern full- or part-time. Classes are scheduled 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and are offered Monday-Thursday. Learn more about our course offerings and program schedule by signing up for a virtual info session.
A: Yes, international students are eligible for Graduate Assistantships.
A: Students may apply for a graduate assistantship position with Seattle University Athletics once they have been fully admitted to the program. For that reason, we recommend completing your application by the February 15th priority deadline. Applicants who complete their application by this deadline will receive notification sometime in March. That gives you plenty of time to prepare your GA application. We expect to know which positions are available sometime in late January. Get more information about graduate assistantships.
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.
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 advertising media).
Contact Housing and Resident Life for more information.