Collegiate Athletics Program College of Arts and Sciences University of San Francisco

Collegiate Athletics Program College of Arts and Sciences University of San Francisco

San Francisco , CA
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July 15
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1 Degree Offered
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An Online Collegiate Athletics Master's Degree Program Designed for College Sports

The Master in Collegiate Athletics (M.C.A.) degree program at the University of San Francisco is designed for working professionals interested in advancing their careers in college athletics. Students enrolled in the unique program complete all coursework online. The program's flexible, online-only format provides students with the opportunity to interact with faculty members.

The program places emphasis on case studies and real-world examples, and courses are taught by leading industry executives, marketing experts, athletic administrators, and legal professionals. Students in the program learn the business, management, branding, and marketing skills necessary to enhance and add value to the modern college athletic program.

The University of San Francisco is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Exciting Career Opportunities in a Growing Field

After completing the M.C.A. degree program, students have the expertise necessary to work in the growing field of collegiate athletics. The program prepares students to provide marketing support and pursue corporate sponsorships for college and university athletic programs.

Students in the program learn the foundations of media relations; events center management; trademark licensing; development and fundraising; equipment operations; student academic services and counseling; sports technology; and ticket operations.

In addition, graduates of USF's collegiate athletics master's degree program may pursue exciting opportunities in industries related to college and university athletics, such as branding and marketing, ticketing solutions, sponsorships, and collegiate licensing.

Program Structure and Required Coursework for the M.C.A. Degree

The Master in Collegiate Athletics program at the University of San Francisco is composed of 12 courses and takes two years to complete. Students may begin the program in either the fall or the spring semester.

Courses in the M.C.A. program cover a wide range of topics related to college athletics, marketing, sponsorship, and sports facility operations. All courses emphasize technology, social media, and case studies.

A Focus on Innovative Digital Marketing

All courses in the University of San Francisco's M.C.A. degree program place a great deal of emphasis on technology, social media, and other digital innovations that play a role in shaping modern college athletic programs. Students in the program benefit from interactions and networking opportunities with a variety of innovative, San Francisco-based technology companies.

Students enrolled in the degree program are required to take a digital branding course, which culminates in the creation of an original digital college athletics branding concept and campaign. At the end of the course, students present their concepts to a panel of experienced sports venture capitalists for review and critique.

Summer Career Management and Professional Development Courses

USF's collegiate athletics master's degree program also includes 2 professional development and career management courses, which are completed during the summer. During these courses, students identify possible career paths within the field of college athletics and build an electronic portfolio and resume.

The career management and professional development courses also provide students with opportunities to gain practical, real-world experience through a combination of professional practicums and networking events.

Faculty Members with Extensive Experience in College Sports, Branding, Law, and Technology

Andy Dolich is a managing partner with international executive search firm Odgers Berndtson. Professor Dolich has four decades of experience in professional and collegiate sports management. He is the former chief operating officer of the San Francisco 49ers and the former executive vice president of the Oakland Athletics.

Professor Derek Howard is senior counsel to San Francisco-based law firm Minami Tamaki, LLP. During his 25-year career, Professor Howard has earned numerous honors for his involvement in class action lawsuits, antitrust practices, and sports law. He has been named a Super Lawyer by "Law and Politics" magazine 6 years in a row.

Ed O;Hara is the chief creative officer and senior partner at SME Branding, a brand-building and design consulting firm based in Manhattan. Professor O'Hara has appeared on ESPN's "Outside the Lines," and he is regularly quoted as a branding expert in publications including "The Wall Street Journal," "BrandWeek," and the "New York Times."

Admissions Requirements for the Master in Collegiate Athletics

To be considered for admission to the online M.C.A. degree program at the University of San Francisco, students must hold Bachelor's degrees from accredited universities and have an undergraduate G.P.A. of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Each applicant must submit an online application, a resume, transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, and a personal statement.

International students interested in USF's Masters in Collegiate Athletics must submit TOEFL scores. Students must score 90 or above on the Internet-based test or a 570 on the paper-based test.

Students who have undergraduate G.P.A. scores below 2.5 and students who earned Bachelor's degrees more than 3 years before applying to the program are encouraged to provide additional documentation of their professional work experience. GRE or GMAT scores are recommended, but they are not required.

Costs and Financial Aid

Costs for the University of San Francisco's online master's degree in collegiate athletics include tuition, books, and supplies. Financial assistance, loans, and payment plans are available.

Location & Contact

Collegiate Athletics Program

College of Arts and Sciences
University of San Francisco

2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco , CA 94117-1080
United States

Dr. Jeremy Howell


Phone: 415-422-4900

Mark Landerghini

Information Contact

Phone: 415-422-5101
Fax: 415-422-2217

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Collegiate Athletics Master in Collegiate Athletics (MCA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Master's in Collegiate Athletics
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? Yes
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied Not Reported
    • Accepted Not Reported
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $55
    • Application Fee - International $55
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline July 15th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline November 15th Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesbaccalaureate degree from accredited institution; minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.7; written goal statement; two letters of recommendation; resume; official transcripts
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 570 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students6
    • Female Percentage50%
    • Male Percentage50%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students6
    • Part-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Full-time PercentageNot Reported
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American0%
    • White / Caucasian60%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian20%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown20%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty4
    • Full-time Percentage25%
    • Part-time Percentage75%
    • Female Percentage25%
    • Male Percentage75%




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