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Admission/Enrollment Information

What are your admission requirements?
Where can I find more information about applying to the program?
When is the application deadline?
Do I have to take the GRE?
Do you accept any graduate credits from other programs (transfer credits)?
Can I take classes as a special student even though I am not formally admitted to the program?
Is there an enrollment limit?
Does the tuition plateau apply?

Specific Online Program Information

Is the SA Online Program accredited?
How many classes will I need to take to complete the program?
Am I required to complete a thesis or take a comprehensive exam?
How long does it take to complete the SA program?
Is there a time limit on completing the degree?
What happens if I drop out for a semester or two?
Do I ever need to come on campus?
I'd like to apply to the program but do not have an undergrad degree in sport management or business. What are my chances of being accepted?
Do I ever get credit for work experience?
What resources does UWL provide to help me as I go through the program?
What types of jobs are available for graduates of the program?

Online Program - Financial

How much does the online program cost?
Can I get scholarships or grants?
Who is eligible for financial aid?
How do I apply for financial aid?

Online Program - Technology

I have never taken an online class. How do I know I can do this?
Is it all really online?
Are the Online classes self-paced?
What technology do I use?
What teaching technology is used in the Online program?
What do I do if I have trouble with my computer?

More questions? Annette Valeo, Program Specialist, Exercise and Sport Science, 608.785.6528, avaleo@uwlax.edu

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Admission/Enrollment Information

What are your admission requirements?
Admission to the Sport Administration Graduate program requires prior admission to UW-La Crosse Graduate Studies:
www.uwlax.edu/admissions/html/gradmis.htm

In addition:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a four year accredited university Sport Management/Administration or Business Administration preferred but not required)
  • Minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA on undergraduate work
  • Official transcripts for verification of undergraduate (and any graduate level) work completed

Where can I find more information about applying to the program?
Please visit the Apply Now (Application Instructions) page.

When is the application deadline?
Prospective students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed when they are received and applicants will be notified when admission decisions are made. For the 2013-2015 cohort - applications will be accepted until the program is filled or until the start of the fall 2013 semester. 

Do I have to take the GRE?
No, it is not required for admission to our program.

Do you accept any graduate credits from other programs (transfer credits)?
http://www.uwlax.edu/records/GradCat/Titles/Title_8.html#Note_Title_1_15 

Can I take classes as a special student even though I am not formally admitted in the program?
As a "cohort" program, admitted students go through the program together and will be given course enrollment priority.  Decisions about allowing students into classes as a "special student" are made on a case by case basis and with the approval of the program director.

Is there an enrollment limit?
No more than 20 students will be admitted to a cohort.

Does the tuition plateau apply?
The tuition plateau does not apply to students enrolling in graduate credit courses through the  Office of Continuing Education and Extension.

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Specific Online Program Information

Is the SA Online Program accredited?
The Sport Administration master’s program adheres to the guidelines set forth by The National Standards for Physical Education (NASPE) and North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM).

How many classes will I need to take to complete the program?
The SA Online program consists of 36 credits involving a combination of ten 3-credit online courses and a 6 credit internship. For more information on the SA courses, check out our Curriculum link. The course descriptions can also be found in our Graduate Catalog.

Am I required to complete a thesis or take a comprehensive exam?
The Sport Administration Degree program requires completion of a comprehensive examination. There is no thesis option. The exam is scheduled only after the successful completion of all course work and prior to the start of the internship.

How long does it take to complete the SA program?
This is a two-year program with 2 seven week courses offered each term for six consecutive terms, including summers. Students will begin in the fall semester and graduate following the summer term of their second year.

Is there a time limit on completing the degree?
You have seven years from the start of your first course to complete your degree, however, we would encourage you to stay within the 2-year plan. Please go to the Graduate Catalog for more information about this policy.

What happens if I drop out for a semester or two?
If you are dropping out in the middle of a semester, you need to notify the program director and contact the Office of Student Life. If you leave after successful completion of a semester, you will need to notify only the program director. If you are in good academic standing, you will be able to apply as a re-entry student to return to the program.

Do I ever need to come on campus?
No, however we would enjoy seeing you at the commencement ceremony!

I'd like to apply to the program but do not have an undergrad degree in sport management or business. What are my chances of being accepted?
Yes, you may still be admitted to the program with an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than sport management or business. Consideration of an applicant’s undergraduate degree area will be factored into decisions when more there are more qualified applicants than available seats.

Do I ever get credit for work experience?
No.

What resources does UW-L provide to help me as I go through the program?
You will have access to all the resources that our On-Campus students have including library services, advising, job search, etc. Tech support is provided by UWL's Instructional Technology (IT) staff. Students will receive more information about the resources available once they have been admitted to the program.

What types of jobs are available for graduates of the program?
Employment Outlook

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Online Program - Financial

How much does the Online program cost?
For the 2013-14 academic year, tuition is $577 per credit. Therefore, a 3-credit course costs a total of $1,731 In addition, there is a $15 per semester registration fee. The cost is the same for everyone regardless of where you live. Textbook costs are not included in this calculation.

Can I get scholarships or grants?
Because online students do not pay segregated fees, online students are eligible for a minimum number of Graduate Studies grants. To enhance your search for non-UW-L grants and scholarships, contact the Financial Aid Office. Generally, most graduate students find that they must take out loans to finance their graduate education.

Who is eligible for financial aid?
You must be enrolled at least half-time (5 credits) to be eligible for financial aid.

How do I apply for financial aid?
For specific information, please refer to our Financial Info page. Complete and mail the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the processor listed or complete the FAFSA online. Generally, graduate students will be looking at loans as their primary source of funding.

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Online Program - Technology

I have never taken an Online class. How do I know I can do this?
Participating in an online program requires organizational skills and time management skills. Anyone interested in enrolling in this program should take the online readiness survey; all those admitted will be required to complete the survey.

Is it all really online?
Yes, it is 100% online.

Are the Online classes self-paced?
This is not an independent program and each class works together through the courses. You will need to keep pace with the class as facilitated by the instructor. For example, you will have deadlines for participating in discussions and submitting assignments. Missing deadlines for participating in discussions would be similar to missing class in a traditional on-campus program. The flexibility is found in your ability to access the class weekly and complete the coursework at any time of the day or night.

What technology do I use?
Although an iPad or tablet computer is convenient, you need to have a personal computer to complete all of the tasks required of the program. If you are considering purchasing a new computer, we highly recommend that you buy a laptop rather than a desktop computer. Current students in our online programs have indicated that the "freedom" that a laptop can provide is well worth the extra cost. All online students also need to have a computer camera or access to a camera.

What teaching technology is used in the Online program?
We use D2L for all of our courses.

What do I do if I have trouble with my computer?
If you are having problems with the UW-L website or with D2L, contact the UW-L ITS staff at 608.785.8774. You may also want to check their website for specific announcements and general information at the ITS Support Center. You may also want to contact us (see below) if you need further assistance or a referral to on-campus services.


Contact Us

For any questions about UW-La Crosse, the program or any other concern, please contact:

Annette Valeo
Program Specialist, Exercise and Sport Science
Office of Continuing Education and Extension
273 Morris Hall, UW-La Crosse, La Crosse, WI 54601
avaleo@uwlax.edu
608.785.6528

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