Intercollegiate Athletic Administration

Intercollegiate Athletic Administration Online Graduate Certificate M.S., Sport Management Studies Program

About Intercollegiate Athletic Administration

Gain a competitive edge in athletic administration with a 100% online certificate.

Prepare for leadership positions in intercollegiate athletics by completing an online Graduate Certificate in Intercollegiate Athletic Administration at PennWest California. Advance your experience in - and passion for - sports into a successful career path.

Part of PennWest California's M.S. in Sport Management Studies program, the graduate certificate in intercollegiate athletic administration focuses on sport governance, sport compliance, legal aspects of equity in intercollegiate athletics and human resource strategies in intercollegiate athletic administration.

PennWest California is widely recognized by leading employers for high-quality education that develops qualified professionals for today's sports organizations. PennWest California was the first school in the nation to offer a 100% online master's degree in sport management studies.

Learn the basics. Get ahead.  

  • Earn your graduate certificate online in as little as 10 weeks during the summer.  
  • Develop a strong foundation for success in the intercollegiate sports management industry, learning from top faculty experts in the field.
  • Be prepared for new leadership positions in public, private nonprofit and commercial sectors in intercollegiate athletics and sports leagues, businesses and organizations.
  • Expand your potential - credits earned in this certificate apply to our master's degree in sport management studies.


Summer Study: The 12-credit graduate certificate program can be completed online only during the summer each year. Students take two courses during Summer Session I and two courses during Summer Session II. Each session is five weeks long.

Modular Format: The graduate certificate curriculum covers the basic foundations of the sports industry. Course materials are presented in a modular format for effective delivery via video, PowerPoint presentations and online forums. Discussion groups, chat rooms and email enable students and faculty to interact regularly.

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PennWest California's online Master of Science in Sport Management Studies program is ranked #6 in the nation by
Forbes magazine projects the sports industry in North America will be worth $73.5 billion by 2019.
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Certificate Benefits

PennWest California's 100% online intercollegiate athletic administration graduate certificate lets you:

  • Complete your courses while continuing to work full time.
  • Learn from expert faculty and student peers in your
  • Get in-depth knowledge of sports organizations in intercollegiate athletics.
  • Build valuable contacts in the sports industry.
  • Become part of a professional network of program
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Graduate Outcomes

PennWest California sport management studies program graduates are ready for key positions in athletic administration and in other areas within the sports industry. Graduates go on to such positions as athletic director, head football coach, fitness center director, and physical education instructor. PennWest California graduates work in sports management across a range of businesses and organizations:

  • NCAA Division I, II and III intercollegiate athletics administration.
  • NAIA intercollegiate athletics.
  • Interscholastic athletics nationwide.
  • Major and minor league baseball.
  • NHL and NFL.
  • Public parks and recreation.
  • YMCA.

Curriculum, Admission Requirements and Related Programs

Graduate certificate students learn practical approaches and results-focused strategies to help manage intercollegiate organizations.



Course Credits
SPT 790  Sport Governance  3
SPT 791  Sport Compliance 3
SPT 792  Legal Aspects of Equity in Intercollegiate Athletics 3
SPT 793  Human Resource Strategies in Intercollegiate Athletics 3
Total 12
Admission Requirements

Regular Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.00 or higher (Students with a GPA below 3.00 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements:
    • Bachelor's degree with a GPA under 3.00 will be reviewed for a decision
    • Resume listing at least two professional references

Provisional Admission
Applicants who have provided unofficial documentation of test scores, prerequisite courses, transcripts or lack of letter(s) of recommendation may be admitted provisionally.

This policy also applies to undergraduate students who apply for graduate admission pending bachelor degree completion. Upon receipt of all official documents, a student will be changed from Provisional Admission to either Regular Admission or Conditional Admission. Provisional Admission students may take classes for one term but will not be eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

How to Apply:

School of Graduate Studies and Research
PennWest California
Box 91
250 University Ave. 
California, PA 15419

For additional information:
Phone: 1.866.595.6348

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Leadership Focus

The intercollegiate athletic administration graduate certificate is oriented toward professional development and skills in leadership and management, so you can succeed in the competitive marketplace for athletic administration. You'll learn about the power and politics of sport organizations that govern intercollegiate athletics and explore mandatory compliance techniques, gender equity issues and human resources strategies to effectively support athletic administration.


Worldwide Appeal

Students who enroll in PennWest California sport management studies programs come from all 50 states, and from more than 10 countries (Bahamas to the United Kingdom). Many students enroll full time or part time while on active duty in military service.


Key Concentrations

The Master of Science in Sport Management Studies program offers three concentrations to prepare working professionals to meet the challenges of the dynamic sports world:

M.S., Sport Management Studies Intercollegiate Athletic Administration

Dr. Carol Biddington

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Dr. Mary Kreis
Associate Professor

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Dr. Laura Miller
Professor, Sport Management Program Director

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Dr. Robert G. Taylor
Associate Professor and Program Coordinator

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Dr. Brian D. Wood
Associate Professor

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