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Sports Management Programs at Seattle University

Seattle University appears in our ranking of the 50 Best Bachelor’s in Sports Science Degree Programs (Campus).

Sports management professionals have degrees that prepare them for the management and organization of a sports facility. Seattle University in Washington offers a Master in Sports Business Leadership (MSBL) that welcomes students with bachelor’s degrees. This program is suitable for adults who want to work in a new industry and students who have an interest in sports management work. It features a capstone and an internship as well as required classes and the student’s choice of electives.

Students in this program will do an internship and take classes that make up the sports business leadership core, which is worth 19 credits. Sport Business Foundations, Legal Issues in Sport and Developing Leadership in Sport are among the required classes. When it comes to the capstone, students can choose from courses with an emphasis on organizational analysis, research or sustainability. The sustainability class allows students to do a final capstone that shows how a sports complex can sustain its success in the future. The university offers a range of sports management and administration electives that include Sustainability in Sports Business, Brand Communication Strategies and Analytics for Sport Organizations, Strategic Marketing for Sports Organizations, Women and Sport Leadership, and Sport Event Planning.

MSBL students also have the chance to participate in the university’s Mentor Program. The university will pair students with alumni and others who volunteered for the program. They have the chance to work closely with those who have sports management experience and those who work in the sports business. Students in this program will meet with their mentors at least once every six weeks. Though MSBL students only need to do one internship, Seattle University allows them to get up to six credits from their internship work. They get one credit hour every time they do 100 hours of fieldwork. Not only can then work with the Olympic Association and other amateur organizations, but they can also work for professional teams across Washington.

In addition to the sports business leadership program, Seattle University now offers a joint JD/MSBL program. It requires that students take classes from the Albers School of Business and Management and the Seattle University Law School. They will need to take 90 credits from law school and 48 credits from within the MSBL program, but they can complete those credits in four years or less as part-time students. The law school classes they take will include Employment Law, Intellectual Property, Drafting Legal Documents, Copyright Law, Dispute Resolution and Trademark Law.

SU also offers a Bachelor of Science in Sport and Exercise Science.

About Seattle University

Seattle University is a private university that was established in 1891 as the Immaculate Conception Parish School. It became Seattle College in 1898 and used that name until becoming Seattle University in the late 1940s. Also known as SU, it has an affiliation with the Roman Catholic Church through the Society of Jesuits who helped originally found it. SU has a large campus in Seattle and a deep commitment to both its current students and alumni. The university established mentorship programs to help students learn about their opportunities outside of school.

Seattle University Accreditation Details

SU has full accreditation from the American Bar Association (ABA) for its law school. Students in the joint JD/MSBL program will take classes that have accreditation from this organization. Most of the courses that students take in sports business leadership have accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). SU also has regional accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).

Seattle University Application Requirements

Applications submitted by the university’s priority deadline of February 15 allow students to get the financial aid that is only open to those in the MSBL program. SU only accepts 30 new students into this program each year and will close the application when it fills those spots. If there are any spots left after the priority deadline, the application may remain open until the middle of July. Prospective students need to submit this application and pay a $55 application fee, both of which they can do online. They will then need to submit their transcripts and either a GMAT or GRE score. SU asks that students have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 and requires a high test score of those with a lower GPA. Students also need to provide a resume, essay of roughly 400 words on their reasons for applying to the MSBL program and three letters of recommendation.

Students applying to the JD/MSBL program need to meet the requirements of both programs. In addition to all of the above, they will need to submit a separate application to the SU Law School. The law school has a priority deadline of March first and asks that students put down a deposit by the middle of April. They need to complete the registration process with the Law School Admission Council (LSAW) and submit an application. There is a fee waiver available for students who apply before February first, but students who apply after that deadline need to pay a $65 application fee. The application also asks for a resume and a personal essay. SU requires that students submit two letters of recommendation, an official LSAT or GRE Subject score and their college transcripts.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The sports leadership program charges students $775 per credit hour. Students in the JD/MSBL program pay this same rate for their sports leadership courses and $1,611 per credit hour. Law school students typically pay $48,330 each year for full-time enrollment. Though SU charges an enrollment deposit, it will apply that amount to the amount due at the beginning of the semester.

Financial aid is available for students who apply by the priority deadline and also submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). New students granted full acceptance to the program can qualify for a scholarship, but they will need to submit the university’s scholarship application. Approximately 13 female students and 13 minority students will receive a $7,500 scholarship each year when they agree to study sports leadership. Students can also get a graduate assistantship, which will require that they work on the SU campus for 20 hours each week. These positions ask that students work from August to May or June and pays them $1,600 each month. Seattle University offers a limited number of assistantships for students in its sports management programs.