2019-2020 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 17, 2024  
2019-2020 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Intercollegiate Athletic Advising and Support, CAS

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Cathy Engstrom
350 Huntington Hall, 315-443-4763

Core Faculty

Cathy Engstrom, Department of Higher Education; Dessa Bergen-Cico, Department of Public Health; Dawn Johnson, 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.

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 Graduate Student Aid

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 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. Compare and contrast institutional and intercollegiate policy-based practices that affect work with intercollegiate student-athletes.

2. Analyze theories of development, issues of student-athlete diversity, and developmental challenges and opportunities in relation to the needs of student-athletes in higher education and college sport contexts.

3. Synthesize current research in intercollegiate sport, college student-athlete development, and organizational culture and change in higher education.

4. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the developmental, psychosocial, and emotional perspectives and needs of intercollegiate student-athletes.

5. Analyze policies and programs that impact intercollegiate advising and support practices based on current understanding of reform in intercollegiate athletics, student-athlete development, 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 requriements are completed.

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

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