2017-2018 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Feb 28, 2024  
2017-2018 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Intercollegiate Athletic Advising and Support, CAS

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Teresa M. MacDonald
168 White Hall, 443-4822

Core Faculty

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


Margie Chetney, Office Coordinator
Kathryn M. Tunkel, Administrative Assistant



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.

Part-Time Study

The program can be pursued part-time.

Financial Support

Students only enrolled in a CAS program are not eligible for department financial aid.  Additional information regarding loan availability for CAS programs can be found at  https://graduateadmissions.syr.edu/funding/  

Gainful Employment Disclosure

For more information about our CAS graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit Syracuse University Gainful Employment Disclosure page (https://www.syracuse.edu/about/consumer-information/gainful-employment/) and click the title of the CAS.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of three credits from a combination of transfer and/or external examinations/extra-institutional and experiential learning will be accepted toward a CAS. 


CAS, 15 credits

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

1. Apply a broad and comprehensive 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, governance, and institutional oversight.

Requirements: 15 Total Credits

Satisfactory Progress

Certification for an advanced degree at Syracuse University requires a minimum average of 3.0 for work comprising the program for the degree and a 2.8 average for all credits earned.


Upon acceptance to the proposed CAS, students will take at least one required course or program elective in consecutive semesters until program requirements are completed.

Students will maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in program courses.

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