About This Program

Students may opt to pursue physical education teacher licensure.

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The athletic administration concentration will give you the resources you need to lead a college, university, or high school athletic program, or to work with athletic conferences that support and provide championships for those programs. Courses in budgeting and branding, risk management, supervision, and facilities will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in your athletic leadership role.

Our required field experience will allow you to gain real-life experiences and build a career-enhancing network. Recent fieldwork sites have included UCLA, Harvard, Boston College, Pepperdine, San Diego State, University of Massachusetts, and more than a dozen high schools throughout the Northeast. A final feature of your experience will center on a sequence of research courses that provide critical thinking opportunities around a current topic or issue that has your attention.

As part of our program, we offer the Athletic Administration Leadership Series, a panel event held each semester that is tailored specifically to graduate students in the athletic administration program. The event alternates a focus between high school and intercollegiate athletics and often brings alumni back to campus to talk about their experience out in the field, so you’ll gain an inside look at life after graduation. 

Students who wish to attain teacher certification must also satisfy the requirements for the physical education teacher licensure program.

Team leaders who help organized the athletic administration leadership series.
Learn from Leaders

Our athletic administration program hosts an annual leadership series event that brings leaders in the field to campus to discuss their professional experiences.

This year's panel included was moderated by Kelsey Armstrong, G'18, Chief of Staff, University of Hartford Athletics. The keynote speaker was Melissa Sharpe, Springfield College Assistant Professor of Physical Education and Head Field Hockey Coach. 

 

Admissions Requirements

Complete the application form. No application fee.

Start your application process by completing the online application form. Be sure to complete your application by submitting all the required materials outlined in this section. 

Graduate Admissions Essay

Once your application form is processed you will receive an email with your application portal login credentials. Once you login to your application portal you'll be able to upload your essay.

In two to three double-spaced pages, please describe significant life experiences that have contributed to your interest in your field, your understanding of this field, your occupational objectives, and why you have chosen Springfield College. 

Resume

Please include any college activities, out-of-school leadership experiences, work history, and community involvement to support your interest in or qualifications for graduate study. Once your application form is processed you will receive an email with your application portal login credentials. Once you login to your application portal you'll be able to upload your resume

Letters of Recommendation

This program requires two letters of recommendation. Recommenders will receive an email when you submit your application and will be able to upload your letter to your application.

Official Transcripts from All Institutions Previously/Currently Attended

  • An official transcript from each college/university you have attended is required.
  • Transcripts must be in English. If the transcript is not in English you will be required to submit a professional credential evaluation completed by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. In some cases, including if you plan to request coursework be transferred, a course-by-course translation is required. For this we recommend the World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
  • In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received directly from the original source, by email to graduate@springfield.edu, or mailed to the college address:

    Springfield College
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    263 Alden Street
    Springfield, MA 01109

International Applicants

All international applicants from non-English speaking countries are required, in addition to the items listed above, to submit:

  • Proof of English language proficiency by way of the TOEFL or IELTS. If your undergraduate degree was earned in the United States and you successfully completed College level English, we will consider English language proficiency met.
  • Please note: Transcripts must be in English. If the transcript is not in English you will be required to submit a professional credential evaluation completed by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. In some cases, including if you plan to request coursework be transferred, a course-by-course translation is required. For this we recommend the World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.

Our Associate Director of International Admissions Nicholas Venn can answer any questions you may have about enrolling in Springfield College as an international student. You may email him at nvenn@springfield.edu or via phone at (413) 748-3891.

To submit materials:

After submitting your online application form you will receive user login credentials to access your student application portal. From that portal, you will be able to upload your Graduate Admissions Essay and your resume. Recommenders will receive an email when you submit your application and will be able to upload your letter to your application. In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received directly from the original source, by email to graduate@springfield.edu, or mailed to the college address:

Springfield College
Office of Graduate Admissions
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109

Sequence of Courses

The athletic administration program prepares students for administrative roles in intercollegiate athletics, interscholastic athletics, and other athletic settings. For public school athletics director positions, teacher certification can be beneficial.  Students who wish to attain teacher certification, must also satisfy the requirements for the physical education teacher licensure program.

Basic program

The Master’s candidate may choose from the M.Ed., or the M.S. Degree (thesis required for this option).  Thesis students must complete a minimum of 35 credit hours and Independent Study students must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours.

A. Program requirements (12 credits)

B. Concentration requirements (11-17 credits)

Note: Thesis Option (11 credits) Ind. Study Option (17 credits)

C. Research requirement (7-12 credits)

1. Thesis option (12 credits)

Those students completing a thesis will take an oral examination on their research and qualify for the M.S. or M.Ed.  Thesis students must take RSCH 620 or 615, RSCH 612, and RSCH 635, which eliminates elective choices.

2. Independent Study option (7 credits)

D. Electives

(as required to meet the minimum number of required credits)

Chosen from the courses listed below.

E. Degree Information

Candidates in the Athletic Administration program are eligible for the M.Ed. or M.S. Degree in accordance with Plan A or Plan B as described in the Degree Requirements section under Academic Policies and Procedures.

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Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis prior to the start of the intended term of entry.

Graduate Program Courses $1,105 per credit
Graduate Student Fee* $385
Enrollment Deposit $300

*The graduate student fee (full time) includes the following costs for the 2020-21 academic year.

  • Student Government Fee: $20
  • Community Engagement Fee: $35
  • Recreation Fee: $315
  • Class Dues: $15

The graduate student fee (part-time) is $85 per semester.

Current Springfield College undergraduate students are eligible to receive $5,000 toward the cost of their MBA. 

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