2022-2023 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Dec 06, 2023  
2022-2023 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; Dawn Johnson, Department of Higher Education; David Perez, Department of Higher Education; Morey Mossovitz, Department of Higher Education; and Dessa Bergen-Cico, Department of Public Health


This 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.


Application requirements include a completed bachelor’s degree with a grade point average of at least 3.0/4.0 in undergraduate study.  Applicants must also complete a personal statement that focuses on their interest in this program and how it fits their academic and professional interests. 

Syracuse University graduate students who wish to add this C.A.S. program as a concurrent program of study will have to meet the same GPA criteria for both undergraduate study and study to date in their other graduate program. In addition, these SU graduate students must get written approval from their current program advisor or chair to pursue concurrent programs.  

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/ 

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. 

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • To examine the structure, operations, and policies at the NCAA, divisional, conference, and institutional levels and how they impact student-athletes’ educational journey
  • To become familiar with and to learn how to apply research on student-athletes’ identity and development in the context of leadership, organizational culture and change in higher education
  • To learn about the impact of race, gender, class, ability, and national origin, and sport on college student athlete access, identity, and success
  • To  identity the competencies and skills required to support student-athletes’ development and future success
  • To develop a passion and commitment to promote /advocate for more inclusive, equitable, student-centered policies and practices for intercollegiate student-athletes.

Requirements: 15 Total Credits

Electives: 3 Credits Required

Choose one course.  (Additional courses that align with program goals can be taken pending program advisor approval.)

Satisfactory Progress

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


Students have the opportunity to enroll full or part-time.

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