IAL Program Structure

IAL students take part in an intensive one-year experience that blends in-person and distance learning with hands-on internships and professional development.  Our unique structure allows for ultimate flexibility for those looking to get a foot in the door, or professionals who have an existing position within athletics and education.  Learn more about how the year is structured below.




The IAL program begins with a 6-week intensive summer session on the University of Washington campus. Students take one course per week and can expect to be in class most of the day, Monday through Friday.




Students will enroll in two courses while working in their internship. Each class will be completed in an online asynchronous format that allows students to complete coursework around their work schedules. Students will return to the Seattle campus for a 3-day executive session in October to connect with classmates and engage in classroom work with their instructors.




The winter quarter has the same course load and structure as the fall, with an early February 3-day executive session back in Seattle. Students will also attend the NCAA Convention in late January, an experience that is funded by the IAL program. During this time, internships will also continue.




Students will complete program requirements by taking three final courses during the spring quarter, and returning to campus in early June for a final, multiple-day executive session, and wrapping up their internship.


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NOTE: COVID-19 has impacted all facets of higher education, including the IAL program.  We have remained flexible and solutions-oriented during this crisis, continually looking for ways to best serve our students and adapt our operations. For the 2020-2021 academic year, this has meant a shift in program structure, offering our summer courses virtually, and increasing professional development and networking activity.  While we cannot say with certainty what adjustments might need to be made for the next cohort, we are confident in our ability to continue to offer a nation-leading graduate program and a high-quality experience for all students.