The University of Washington’s Master of Education in Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership is a one-year program that prepares you for leadership positions within intercollegiate sports, offering two distinct tracks of study: IAL Administration and IAL Coaching.
The University of Washington
College of Education's Master of Education in Intercollegiate Athletic
Leadership (IAL) is a unique degree program that prepares those who aspire to
leadership positions within intercollegiate sports.
The IAL program addresses the
challenges common to athletic administration at all levels while providing a
better understanding of the role of athletics within the educational setting.
Focusing on college athletics rather than the entire spectrum of sports
advances your knowledge of how athletics is uniquely situated within
intercollegiate settings and the significant impact it has on student athletes.
The curriculum bridges theory with practice, drawing on the expertise of UW
faculty in the College of Education, Information School, Evan’s School of
Public Affairs, Foster School of Business as well as professionals from the UW
athletic department and the Seattle sports industry. Designed with input from
top national college athletic and academic administrators, the program's
advanced leadership training deepens your understanding of the critical areas
of college and university athletics' organizations. advisory board Depending on your career aspirations, two unique degree
options are available for both coaches and administrators. Both options share a
core of foundational courses, centered on the intersection of athletics and
This program is
designed for emerging and established administrative leaders looking to advance
their careers within intercollegiate athletics. IAL-Administration draws upon
coursework focused on the administrative and business side of collegiate
athletics. Students pursuing this option have an interest in student services,
development & fundraising, marketing, business operations, events &
facilities, team operations, or compliance. Coaches looking to enter the
collegiate sector may also be a good fit for this option. Often students in
IAL-Admin are considering future positions as senior athletic staff and
This program is an
ideal option for coaches already established within the intercollegiate
setting. Coaches take a majority of the IAL foundational courses, but will also
gain exposure in topics central to coaching practice such as coaching pedagogy,
recruiting, sport performance, team dynamics, and injury prevention. An
independent study course is designed around a sport-specific conference or
workshop that complements student’s current level of expertise or
Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership M.Ed.: Coaching & Administration options
The Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership Program is organized around three broad areas: (1) Budgeting, Finance, & Sports Administration Skills, (2) Colleges, Sport, & Society, and (3) Leadership Development. Cutting across these areas are six themes directly tied to issues and challenges facing intercollegiate athletics:
Name Title Employer
Admin Student, 2016 Cohort
Intern, University of Washington Tyee Club
"IAL has allowed me to have one of the best summers of my life, thus far. I have not only grown as a student, but IAL has pushed me to grow as an individual, a friend, a professional and future leader. Each class has opened my eyes up to new ways thinking, interacting, presenting, and researching. In addition to all of the critical thinking that has taken place, IAL has opened up networking doors that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. I have had the opportunity to meet professionals from all facets in sports ranging from athletic directors, professors, CEO’s and everyone in between. I have made connections that will last a lifetime, and I owe it all to the IAL program. I am very excited to continue my academic year with IAL as we will be exposed to more classes/connections that will heighten my understanding and preparedness to work in intercollegiate athletics as well as have the opportunity to attend the NCAA conference. This experience has been life changing and for this, I am thankful."
Coaching Student, 2016 Cohort
Assistant Coach, Field Hockey, The Catholic University of America
"The IAL: Coaching program has been a wonderfully enriching experience so far. The mix of in person and online learning is a great match for the often intense and unpredictable collegiate coaching calendar. The summer session was an immersive start to the program that mixed UW’s beautiful campus with an intense learning environment. I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to learn from different experiences within our cohort, varying academic perspectives, and from sports industry professionals. As the traditional academic year starts I am excited for the mentorship component of the program to begin. The formalized mentorships not only allow me to grow my professional network, they also provide a structure for intentional and continued learning from the people around me."
Admin Student, 2016 Cohort
Intern, University of Washington Sports Information
"Being part of the IAL program is the best decision I have made in my career. The instructors are extraordinary and provide the students with a diverse range of experience, knowledge, and perspective, training us to think criticially at all times and keep the best interests of our student-athletes at the forefront. I am honoured to have been able to listen adn learn from a who's who of collegiate athletic leaders as I continue to build my professional network, and to be part of an amazing cohort of fellow students. Spending so much time in an intense environment with a group of passionate, committed individuals who are all embarking on careers in the industry is an amazing experience itself, and I know that each one of us will be better leaders in college athletics throughout our careers as a result of the IAL program."
Name Title Employer Class
Associate Athletics Director / Compliance and Student Services / SWA
Portland State University
Assistant Commissioner for Strategic Communications
The Mountain West Conference
Associate Athletic Director / SWA
Assistant Athletic Director, Development
Oregon State University