Intercollegiate Athletic Administration (IAA) Graduate Certificate
Intercollegiate athletics shape the culture of college campuses, sparking excitement around game days. This excitement and attitude spread to the surrounding community when fans show up to cheer in support. For student-athletes, these opportunities present a two-fold benefit: a structured and rewarding pathway to earning their college degrees and a springboard to their future careers.
The University of Mississippi’s Intercollegiate Athletic Administration (IAA) Graduate Certificate highlights the structure, operations, governance, and leadership behind intercollegiate athletics and builds off of our legacy as a Southeastern Conference institution.
IAA Program Info
This four-course certificate program is suited for students and working professionals from any industry who are interested in learning what goes on behind the scenes and what it takes to be successful in intercollegiate athletic administration. All courses are led by athletic directors in a 100% online, eight-week accelerated format that can be completed in as little as one semester or as long as two years.
PROGRAM START DATES
January, March, May, August, October
About the IAA Certificate Program
Overseen by the School of Applied Sciences, the IAA Graduate Certificate introduces you to the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA’s) administrative side, from internal and external operations to marketing and communication to the role of college sports on campus and in the community. This course program is ideal for tailoring your skill set to the industry or helping you gain foundational training for a potential career in intercollegiate athletic administration.
Our IAA program:
IAA Certificate Program Curriculum
The online IAA Graduate Certificate requires 12 credits of courses involving asynchronous discussions and writing and research assignments. Courses elevate your professional skills for a greater understanding of the NCAA as an organization and in preparation for a career in intercollegiate sports.
- Receive a thorough overview of the NCAA as an organization, from its history to its current structure, processes, issues, and governance
- Learn about the internal operations of collegiate sports organizations, including leadership and management to personnel, policies, and decision-making
- Better understand the influence of external factors on organizational functions
- Be exposed to common leadership styles and management techniques used in intercollegiate athletics
Hear it from students
This class has helped me discover a new aspect to athletics that I didn't know about before. I've gotten the opportunity to research things that I probably would have never researched had it not been for this class. I enjoyed how we were given the opportunity to complete work ahead of time if need be. The set deadlines were very convenient.
This class has ultimately helped me with my professional development by giving me the fundamental concepts surrounding management of intercollegiate athletics, policies and governance NCAA institutions.
I feel a lot more prepared to get a job in an athletic department after taking this class, and I feel more equipped with skills to take on different jobs within an athletic department.
This class did a lot to help my professional development. It really gave me a good idea of what all goes into an athletic department, and it's more than I originally thought.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 13% more roles in the sports and entertainment industry over the next decade. This encompasses behind-the-scenes professionals in collegiate athletics.
The IAA certificate elevates your marketability to enter the industry. Learn more about potential opportunities with the NCAA, as well as with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and at the junior college level.
Candidates interested in the IAA certificate should complete an Application for Graduate Admission. Additional supplemental application materials may also be required.
This certificate program offers five start dates throughout the year in January, March, May, August, and October.
Learn More About the Intercollegiate Athletic Administration Certificate Program
Thinking about specializing your knowledge in the world of college sports? Before you apply to the IAA certificate program, contact Graduate Enrollment Manager Megan Black at email@example.com to set up an appointment to talk more about the program, your interests and needs, and your future.