Thank you for your interest in the Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership program. We welcome applications from prospective students for summer quarter admission.  

Our priority deadline for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year is early January 2020. 

If you have any questions, please email us. 

Pre-Requisites for the IAL Program

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 they enter the IAL program.

  • Have at least one year of experience within an 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.

Admissions Timeline

Our admissions timeline for the 2021* cohort is as follows:

  • Early January 2020 - Priority application deadline**

  • Late January 2020 - Initial Admissions Committee review

  • February & March 2020- Skype Interviews for selected candidates

  • April 2020 - All candidates receive notification of admissions decision

*(2020-2021 school year)

**Priority Deadline Note: We will continue to accept applications on a space available basis throughout the spring until our cohort has been filled. We admit between 40-50 students each year.  If you are interested in submitting an application after the priority deadline, please contact us ( regarding space availability.

How to Apply to the IAL Program - Starting Your Application

To begin the application process, go to the UW Graduate School Online Application. You will submit all items from the application checklist electronically as part of the graduate school application. Graduate school application instructions are as follows:

  • When submitting the online graduate school application form, you will be asked to create an account.

  • Once you have created an account, you will be asked to select the graduate program to which you are applying. You should select: "Education - Seattle (M.Ed. Educational Leadership & Policy Studies - Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership" 

After completing the essential components of the graduate school application, be sure to pay your application fee ($85) and to print a copy of your graduate school application for your records.



Application Checklist

All applicants should upload an unofficial transcript as part of their online application.  If you are eventually admitted to the program, you will be asked to send an official transcript to The Graduate School; further instructions will be provided to admitted applicants.  Students with a UW undergraduate degree are exempt from submitting an official transcript, as their documentation is already on file with the University.
All applicants, except those who have already earned a masters degree (or higher) from an accredited university, are required by the UW Graduate School to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.* 

In requesting that scores be sent to the UW Office of Graduate Admissions, use 4854 (University of Washington) under Score Report Recipients. The University of Washington accepts scores sent directly from ETS in paper roster, disk, or tape format. The GRE Web site can be found at 

The IAL Admissions Committee takes a holistic approach when reviewing applications, thus there is not a specific score that is required for admissions to the program. The GRE is looked at in conjunction with your undergraduate GPA and writing sample to determine your readiness to do graduate level work. If you are concerned about a low GRE score, you can use a solid writing sample and undergraduate GPA to strengthen your application.

*You do not need to have already taken the GRE prior to applying to the IAL program, but we do need your GRE scores in order to admit you into the program.    

*We are able to accept the GMAT and LSAT in lieu of the GRE if you have previously taken one of these exams.
Your resume should detail your experience within athletics and education, as well as any additional relevant experiences that you would like the Admissions Committee to be aware of.
You will need to select three individuals to write your letters of recommendation. Appropriate recommenders could be, but are not limited to: professionals within athletics or education, job supervisors, or faculty members. These individuals should be able to attest to your leadership potential and ability to succeed within intercollegiate athletics.      

As you complete the UW Graduate School online application (see the ‘Starting Your Application’ section on the 'Admissions Timeline' tab to the left), you will be asked to enter the name and contact information, including email address, for your references.  An automatic email will be generated to these individuals, who will receive a link where they can upload their letter of recommendation. All letters should be submitted online through this mechanism. 
For IAL-Coaching applicants:  One letter must be from a current coach who has knowledge of your coaching ability and is in a position to provide ongoing support as you build your coaching skills.  Ideally, you are planning to work with this coach for the year you are in the IAL program.
Your goal statement should be 2-4 pages in length (double-spaced) and answer some of the following questions:
IAL-Administration applicants...
  1. What are your career goals within athletics?  And which department(s) are of interest to you?
  2. Why is the IAL program right for you?
  3. Why are you right for the IAL program? What can you uniquely contribute to an IAL cohort?
  4. How do you plan to leverage the IAL program to achieve your career goals?
  5. How have you prepared yourself for a career within intercollegiate athletics?

IAL-Coaching applicants...
  1. Briefly describe your coaching philosophy.
  2.  Describe your current plans related to where you will be coaching during the IAL program.
  3. What are your career goals related to coaching?
  4. Why is the IAL program right for you?
  5. Why are you right for the IAL program? What can you uniquely contribute to an IAL cohort?
You should submit something you've worked on in an undergraduate class or a product from work that shows your ability to write analytically at a graduate level. This piece should be academic in nature; you will want to avoid items like a financial statement, marketing piece, or lab report. There is no page minimum or maximum, nor does the writing piece have to be on a specific topic.
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