PRE-REQUISITES for IAL-Admin & IAL-Coaching Applicants

Applicants to the IAL M.Ed. programs should meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution by the time he or she enters the IAL program.

  • Have at least one year of experience within an intercollegiate athletics setting, as an athlete, coach, volunteer, or intern.

  • A demonstrated understanding of the intercollegiate athletics setting and issues and challenges present in the industry.


  • At least one year of coaching experience by the time he or she enters the IAL program.  Ideally, your experience is within an intercollegiate setting.

  • Hold a current coaching position within the intercollegiate athletic sector and/or able to secure a position for the upcoming year.

  • Able to identify one or more mentors willing to be actively involved in the applicants' graduate activities and career development.  Learn more here.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a specific bachelor's degree that I should have to apply for the IAL Program?

Students admitted to the IAL program have a broad array of undergraduate degrees: sociology to spanish, business management to communications.  While no specific degree is required for admittance into the program, degrees in education, sport management, or business can certainly give you a strong foundation in areas of the IAL curriculum.  This is often helpful for students as they construct their applications.

What if I don't have a year of experience within intercollegiate athletics?

The intent of our requirement for experience is to draw applicants with good understanding of the athletics field and at least some work experience.  While our average student has 2 to 5 years of experience within the athletics industry, we have admitted students with more limited experience who demonstrate a solid understanding of the college athletics setting and quality leadership skills.  Ultimately, it is the applicant's job to make a solid case or argument that his/her experiences are relevant and demonstrate readiness to enter graduate school and the athletics industry.

Is it possible to enroll in the IAL program while also participating as a student-athlete at the same time?

The intensive nature of the program and its structure does not lend itself to easily overlap with the equally intensive commitment needed to be a student-athlete. While we do not have a policy against current student athletes enrolling and juggling both the IAL-Admin program and their athletic endeavors, it will require more attention and discussion during the admissions process. Prospective students hoping to enroll while also a current student athlete should be prepared to discuss, in detail, their plans for successfully managing the schedule and requirements of the program as well as their student athlete commitments during the year.  Current student-athletes are not eligible for the IAL-Coaching option, as they will not meet the pre-requisites of the program.


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