facebook pixel Skip to Main Content
Idaho State University home

Athletic Administration

As an athletic administrator you will develop athletic programs that will prepare future athletics to lead, excel, and make a difference in their sport.

Program Information

The Master of Arts in Athletic Administration Program will help you elevate your career in athletic leadership. Our dedicated professors will provide you with an in-depth understanding of the management and business aspects of collegiate or scholastic athletic administration. Whether your sports career is in high schools, colleges, professional sports, or a sport-related business, this program is made accessible to you through online classes during convenient evening hours. You will graduate ready to help athletes and athletic programs grow. Join us, and make the world move!

  • Affordable and Flexible
    • Idaho State University is seen as one of the most affordable, accredited universities in the country. 
    • All admitted students are eligible for a special in-state tuition rate and the chance to apply for ISU scholarships.
    • 100% online classes offered both synchronously and asynchronously.
    • Students can be enrolled part-time or full-time and start in the fall, spring, or summer semesters.
  • Competitive Edge- 
    • Hands-on events and paid internship opportunities allow students to gain competitive experiences to land their dream job upon graduation. 
    • Experiences and internships have included:
      • Big Sky Basketball Conference 
      • Bengal Triathlon at ISU 
      • Idaho Falls Chukars 
      • National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame 
      • National Girls and Women in Sports Day at ISU
      • Super Bowl LV
  • Skills learned include:
    • Coaching 
    • Ethics and legal processes in sport
    • Financial management in sport
    • Marketing in sport
    • Sport leadership
    • Sport management

Meet with our Graduate Studies Director

Application, Funding, and Support


  • Meet the ISU Graduate School admissions requirements
  • Some programs require additional information (e.g., letters of recommendation); please contact the specific department and review individual departmental sections of this catalog for additional requirements. 

Additional Information:

Students must complete a minimum of 33 semester credit hours for the Master of Arts in Athletic Administration. All students must document professional experience in an athletic setting either by prior athletic administrative experience (minimum of one year) or by completing an approved internship for credit while completing this program.

ISU Course Catalog


The Master of Arts in Athletic Administration degree is aligned with 2 sets of standards: The Idaho State University College of Education Standards for Advanced Professionals, and The National Associate for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) Standards.

The program is designed to strengthen the student’s understanding, knowledge, and skills in the areas of leadership and administration as they relate to the management of athletic programs at the interscholastic and intercollegiate levels. The program also enables students to form and pursue unique course goals and career objectives; such as advanced coaching skills, athletic administration/direction at the high school and collegiate levels. Also, it is possible to complete all degree requirements in one year’s time. (12 cr. in the Fall, 12 cr. in the Spring, 9 cr. in the Summer, for example.) The curriculum is based on current NASPE/NASSM standards.

NASPE - NASSME Content Standards:

The NASPE-NASSM standards for Master's Degree Programs in Sport Management address eight specific areas that include the following: Management, Leadership and Organization in Sport, Research in Sport, Legal Aspects of Sport, Marketing in Sport, Sport Business in the Social Context, Financial Management in Sport, Ethics in Sport Management, and Field Experience in Sport Management.

Career Opportunities 

  • Athletic marketer
  • Coach
  • Collegiate athletic director 
  • Financial sport manager
  • Intercollegiate athletic director
  • Recreation and youth development Manager
  • Secondary education athletic director
  • Sport agent
  • Sports manager
Students in the Athletic Administration Program can expect to achieve the following Student Learning Outcomes.  (SLO)

SLO #1:

Students will apply specific content knowledge to find solutions to complex organizational issues within the sport setting.

SLO #2:

Students will demonstrate socially responsible leadership grounded in the principles of diversity and inclusion, ethical decision making, and sustainable business practices.

SLO #3:

Students will exhibit the ability to gather relevant information and critically examine the information through multiple analytical approaches.

SLO #4:

Students will display the ability to synthesize information and devise viable solutions in complex organizational contexts within the sport setting.

SLO #5:

Students will demonstrate exemplary communication both individually and in groups across written, oral, and technological platforms.

Howard Gauthier

Howard Gauthier, PhD

Professor, Athletic Administration Coordinator

Office: ISU-Meridian

(208) 373-1753



Focus Areas: Sport Leadership