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Online Sports Management Degrees: Washington

Online Sports Management Degrees: Washington

Washington, also known as the Evergreen State, is one of the best states in the country for sports and recreation, especially outdoor activities. There are 25 mountain peaks, including across the Olympic and Cascade Ranges, and three massive national parks: Olympic, North Cascades, and Mount Rainier. All of these areas offer excellent opportunities for snow sports, hiking, fishing, backpacking, and more. Rivals University of Washington and Washington State both compete in the Divsion I Pac-12 Conference and field more than a dozen men’s and women’s teams. Gonzaga, in Spokane, has become one of the premiere NCAA Men’s Basketball programs in the country. Three major professional sports teams call Washington home — the Seahawks (NFL), Mariners (MLB), and Sounders (MLS) – and represent some of the most successful, valuable franchises in their respective leagues. All these factors have created a unique sports culture in Washington and helped increase interest in sports-related employment in recent years. Check out our favorite locations, universities, and degree programs for sports management below!

Planning Your Education

Currently there are 6 universities in the state of Washington offering online programming in sports management degree fields located throughout the state. while this level of choice and convenience is great, potential students should be counseled to know that there are many potential ways to enter into sports management fields. Many degree types can give students a variety of unique edges on competition, but it’s for students to choose which degree type is the best for entering into a sports management field or role of their choice. For an in-depth treatment of this subject, check out our degrees page. Or if you already know what degree types your interested in, check out our directory of sports management degrees in Washington.
Types of Degrees Surveyed:

  • Sports Management
  • Coaching Education
  • Nutrition
  • Recreation Management
  • Kinesiology
  • Communications and Public Relations
  • Physical Education
  • Health and Wellness
  • Sports Psychology
  • Business Administration: Sports Management

Degree Levels Surveyed:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Doctoral Degrees
  • Graduate and Undergraduate Certifications

Career Opportunities

Number of Jobs

While Washington’s total job numbers for sports management remain relatively low, opportunities are growing. Employment has recently risen 30% over a four-year period — six times the national average. The majority of these are full-time roles, though part-time, temp, internship, and contract and commission positions also exist. Seattle is the largest area of employment, according to, which accounts for approximately 40% of all sports management jobs in the state. (Bellevue, Yakima, Tacoma, Vancouver, Gig Harbor, and Spokane are among the other top areas.) Three major professional sports teams — the Mariners, Seahawks, and Sounders — are excellent places to look for a job if you can get it, but there are also over a dozen minor league teams and top Division I NCAA programs hiring at the University of Washington, Washington State, and Gonzaga, among others. Other places to look include gyms and fitness centers, hospitals and healthcare consulting/administration, athletic apparel companies, and even Amazon.

Earning Percentiles for Sports Management Professionals in Washington

Washington salaries for sports management fields has remained around a $100k mean for the last decade. In other words, not a ton of growth, but stable, predictable salaries nonetheless. Mid- to upper-level employees’ salaries reach as high as $150k. (The nationwide mean salary for management positions in spectator sports is $117,000, which would place near the 70th percentile for sports management salaries in Washington.) While there is a large earnings disparity in the field, this trend is typical for the field and lower-paying positions still offer competitive $60k salaries. (which mostly lists entry- to mid-level positions) lists a median salary of about $43,000 for available positions at present; over 120 positions are offering over $80k.

Need more inspiration to pursue sports management-related opportunities in Washington today? Check out the range of job opportunities below!

Washington Sports Management Jobs from Indeed

Top Sports Management Degree Programs: WA

While there are a variety of top schools offering a range of sports management-related degrees online in Washington, students will first and foremost want to consider the exact degree type they're interested in pursuing. We've chosen out our three "recommended" schools for Washington below, but aspiring students should keep in mind that not each of these universities will necessarily have a program of study that can lead directly to the particular sports management career of your choice. If you're already set on pursuing sports management-related schooling in the state of Washington, we advise you to not only consult out ranking of top schools below, but also peruse our database of all sports management-related programs in Washington below. While there are additional benefits of pursuing an online degree in your own state (in-state tuition, and the ability to take classes or intensives in person), future students should also note that there are many online programs available nationwide, and consult our wide-ranging rankings for the top online sports management schools in the nation.

With that said, there are many top Washington-based programs available entirely online. We've selected our top three through equally weighting two metrics: the number of sports-management related degrees available online through the institution, and the academic prestige of the given institution.

  • 1.) Central Washington University


    Master of Science in Health & Physical Education: Athletic Administration Specialization Master of Science: Health & Physical Education (Hybrid)

    Founded in 1891, Central Washington, about a 100 miles east of Seattle, has a total enrollment of 12,000. Ranked as one of the top public schools in the region, CWU is an especially good fit for sports and recreation minded students, with top-ranked D-II athletics, 130 clubs (including for wakeboarding and rugby), and world-class skiing, fishing, mountain biking, and rock climbing nearby. In the virtual classroom, CWU offers an MS in Health & Physical Education with an option to specialize in Athletic Administration. (A hybrid delivery track is also available.) The school's 20:1 student-to-faculty ratio supports a vibrant, collaborative educational setting that combines peer-to-peer learning with individualized instruction. Nearly half of classes have fewer than 20 students, and less than 5% have more than 50. Courses are designed for maximum flexibility, and all students have access to online advising.

  • 2.) University of Washington


    Master of Education in Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership

    University of Washington, ranks among US News' top national universities and public schools, and is one of the oldest higher ed intitutions on the West Coast, founded in 1861. The Huskies are also an excellent place for aspiring sports management professionals with an interest in collegiate-level athletics, offering an MEd in Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership that can be completed in just 12-13 months on a full-time basis. Courses cover a range of topics: Foundations of Leadership, Leadership Decision-Making with Data, Leadership Ethics in College Athletics, Legal Issues in Higher Education, Sociology of Education, Event and Facilities Planning and Management, and Marketing and Communications in Intercollegiate Athletics, among others. UW's 21:1 student-to-faculty ratio promotes a collaborative learning environment while also maintaining intimate, personalized classes: Nearly 40% of courses consist of less than 20 students.

  • 3.) Gonzaga University


    Master of Arts in Communication And Leadership Studies (Coml) Master of Arts in Sports Administration

    Founded in 1887, Gonzaga University is a top five-ranked school in the region and for military veterans, according to US News, which also highlights Gonzaga's overall value. Princeton Review, Forbes, and Washington Monthly give the school high scores, as well. Aspiring sports management professionals may be interested in online MA tracks in both Sports Administration (31 credits) and Communication And Leadership Studies (30 credits), each of which typically take 2 years to complete.Information on Gonzaga's online Masters in Sport and Athletic Administration may be found here. With a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio, Gonzaga emphasizes personalized education in an intimate and immersive setting, and online courses feature a variety of resources, including group discussion boards, social media integration, collaboration tools, asynchronous delivery options, interactive technologies, and more. A third of all classes have less than 20 students.

WA Sports Management Degree Database

Central Washington University Ellensburg, WA Online SM Degrees: 2

(509) 963-1122
400 E. University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926

  • Master of Science in Health & Physical Education: Athletic Administration Specialization Master of Science: Health & Physical Education (Hybrid)

Hands-on approachRolling admission

Gonzaga University Spokane, WA Online SM Degrees: 2

(509) 328-4220
502 E. Boone Avenue, Spokane, WA 99258

  • Master of Arts in Communication And Leadership Studies (Coml) Master of Arts in Sports Administration

Student-focused teachingAsynchronous delivery options

University of Washington Seattle, WA Online SM Degrees: 1

(206) 543-2100
Seattle, WA 98195

  • Master of Education in Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership

Tailored to full-time professionals and adult learnersTop-ranked research university

Washington State University Pullman, WA Online SM Degrees: 1

(509) 335-3564
P.O Box 645910, Pullman, WA 99164

  • Master's Degree in Strategic Communication
South Puget Sound Community College Olympia, WA Online SM Degrees: 1

(360) 754-7711
2011 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia, WA 98512

  • Associate in Applied Science in Multimedia Communications- Web Design
Big Bend Community College Moses Lake, WA Online SM Degrees: 1

(509) 793-2222
7662 Chanute St NE, Moses Lake, WA 98837
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