Intercollegiate Athletic Administration Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

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Intercollegiate Athletic Administration

Lead the game and forge your path in sports leadership.

Empower your sports career.

At Pennsylvania Western University (PennWest), we offer an immersive and innovative Intercollegiate Athletic Administration Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program, designed for aspiring leaders in the dynamic world of college sports. Developed in collaboration with the NCAA, this 100% online program is tailored to provide a deep understanding of sport governance, compliance, legal aspects of equity in athletics, and human resource management in sports.

Program Overview

Our 12-credit certificate program is meticulously structured for completion in approximately 13 months. With cohorts commencing in January and July, you join a virtual community of approximately 35 peers, engaging in a lively and interactive learning environment. The curriculum, delivered through cutting-edge online platforms, includes streaming video lectures, narrated PowerPoint presentations, and active online forums.

Curriculum Highlights

  • Sport Governance (SPT 7900)
  • Sport Compliance (SPT 7910)
  • Legal Aspects of Equity in Athletics (SPT 7920)
  • Human Resource Strategies in Athletics (SPT 7930)

Turn Your Passion into Your Profession

Our program is more than just an academic journey; it's a stepping stone to leadership roles in college sports administration. Whether you're aiming for a management role or a strategic position in a public or private college or university, PennWest's Intercollegiate Athletic Administration certificate equips you with the knowledge and skills to achieve your professional goals.

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Expertly Crafted Curriculum

Engage with a curriculum designed exclusively for online delivery. Dive into sport management theory and principles using state-of-the-art technology that includes streaming video and interactive online forums.

Dynamic Learning Community

Be part of a cohort of motivated individuals, forming a virtual community that fosters collaboration and enriches your educational experience. This unique setup is ideal for developing essential collaborative skills for success in the sport industry.

Industry-Relevant Skills

Learn directly from experts in the field. Our program focuses on practical skills like analyzing sport organization structures, developing compliance programs, managing gender equity, and understanding legal aspects in sports. These are vital skills sought after in the rapidly evolving sports industry.

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$1.63 Billion

Projected sports market volume by 2027.




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Careers and Salaries

Graduates of PennWest's Intercollegiate Athletic Administration program are equipped with the skills and knowledge to excel in various pivotal roles within the sports industry. Here are key positions and their estimated salary ranges:

  1. Athletic Director: Responsible for overseeing all athletic programs within a college or university. This role involves managing budgets, hiring staff, and ensuring compliance with governing bodies. Estimated Salary Range: $60,000 - $130,000 annually
  2. Compliance Officer: Specializes in ensuring that the athletic department adheres to all rules and regulations set by governing bodies like the NCAA. Estimated Salary Range: $45,000 - $100,000 annually
  3. Sports Program Manager: Manages specific sports programs, coordinating logistics, budgeting, and program development. Estimated Salary Range: $40,000 - $80,000 annually
  4. Gender Equity in Sports Coordinator: Focuses on ensuring equality and compliance with Title IX regulations in athletic programs. Estimated Salary Range: $50,000 - $90,000 annually
  5. Human Resource Manager in Athletics: Manages the recruitment, hiring, and development of staff within the athletics department. Estimated Salary Range: $55,000 - $120,000 annually

Salaries are estimates based on data from industry sources and may vary based on location, experience, and the specific institution.

Invest in Your Future

A career in intercollegiate athletic administration offers not only the excitement and passion of sports but also the satisfaction of shaping student-athletes' experiences and careers. With PennWest's certificate, you'll be well-prepared to take on these roles and make a significant impact in the world of collegiate sports.

Graduate Outcomes

  1. Analyze the power and politics of sport organizations.
  2. Analyze a sport governance body’s authority, organizational structure and function to various constituencies.
  3. Contrast the difference in structure and the effectiveness between the NCAA and NAIA.
  4. Analyze the theory behind compliance of rules and regulations in an intercollegiate athletic program.
  5. Theorize implementation strategies for the development of a comprehensive compliance program within an athletic department.
  6. Evaluate the effectiveness of various institutional controls put in place by selected intercollegiate athletic department.
  7. Develop a logistical plan for organizing and managing gender equity within an intercollegiate athletic department.
  8. Evaluate the law as it applies to athletics.
  9. Theorize implementation strategies for attaining an organizational design for human resource management in an intercollegiate athletic department.

Admissions Requirements

  • Official undergraduate transcripts from a regionally accredited college or university. Please provide the official transcripts for each of the undergraduate institutions attended.
  • Overall minimum graduate (master’s or doctorate) cumulative GPA of 3.50 on a 4.00 scale verified with official transcripts from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Evidence of a licensed or credentialed allied health care provider; health, wellness or exercise professional, or two years of recent experience as a practitioner, administrator, educator, clinician, or researcher in health, wellness or exercise discipline. If your MS is not aligned with the allied health, health, wellness, or fitness please contact the program coordinator to determine if you fit the minimum requirements to apply to the program.  
  • Two (2) professional letters of recommendation are required.  The letters must be less than one calendar year old; must be on letterhead; signed in ink or signed with a verified digital signature. For these letters to be sufficient for review, they must be sent to Graduate Admissions directly from your recommenders. Please have your recommenders email their letters directly to    
  • If an applicant has any questions about the two letters of recommendation, please contact the DHSc program coordinator, Marc Federico.
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae including personal, educational, and professional achievements.  
  • Submission of a personal statement* that will be assessed by utilizing a standardized programmatic rubric to determine writing ability and skill at the doctoral level.
  • Some suggested additional materials to include to your application packet, which may strengthen your application, includes evidence of a Master’s Thesis; and/or a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal publication; and/or a professional presentation in your field.  Please contact the program coordinator if there are any questions about the accepted type of evidence.

The Power of PennWest

PennWest’s three campuses, California, Clarion and Edinboro universities, have been delivering award-winning online programs for more than 20 years. You’ll graduate with a degree from Pennsylvania Western University, completely supported by the expertise and community of learners on our brick-and-mortar campuses.

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