2016-2017 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Aug 09, 2020  
2016-2017 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Intercollegiate Athletic Advising and Support, CAS


Teresa M. MacDonald, Ph.D.
Program Director
168 White Hall


Catherine Engstrom, Ph.D., Department of Higher Education, Teresa MacDonald, Ph.D., Department of Sport Management, Dessa Bergen-Cico. Ph.D., Department of Public Health, Dawn Johnson, Ph.D., Department of Higher Education


The joint,15-credit hour certificate program is designed for current and future higher education professionals (e.g. advisors, higher education/student affairs administrators, and coaches) who wish to understand the research, practice, and policy perspectives associated with intercollegiate sport and student-athlete development in the context of higher education.  It includes coursework in the following focus areas: how colleges and intercollegiate athletics work, theoretical perspectives of college student development and learning; the impact of race, gender, and class on college student athlete access and success; and foundations of advising student-athletes.


  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree and a grade point average of at least 3.0/4.0 in undergraduate study;
  • Syracuse University graduate students who wish to add this CAS program as a concurrent program of study will have to meet the same criteria, and will have to achieve a grade point average of at least 3.0/4.0 in their current program of study. They will also have to present written approval from their current program advisors for pursuing the CAS program.
  • Submission of a personal statement that focuses on the student’s interest in the program as it is conceptualized and offered.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Apply a broader and more sensitive understanding of the institutional, developmental, and policy-based practices and issues that may influence their work with intercollegiate student-athletes.
  2. Gain a comprehensive understanding of the developmental, psychosocial, and emotional perspectives and needs of intercollegiate student-athletes.
  3. Apply an understanding of the complex issues and roles of intercollegiate sport in higher education in their future work as professionals in higher education.
  4. Evaluate policies and programs that involve intercollegiate advising and support practices based on current understanding of reform in intercollegiate athletics, student athlete development, and institutional oversight.