IAL Degree Program Overview:

Earn your master’s degree in one year! The Intercollegiate Athletic Leadership (IAL) program is a unique sports management degree at the University of Washington that studies the intersection of higher education and athletics. Established in 2006 the IAL curriculum bridges theory with practice, drawing on the expertise of UW faculty in the College of Education, Information School, Evan’s School of Public Affairs, Foster School of Business as well as practicing professionals from across the sports industry. Depending on your career aspirations, two unique degree options are available: IAL-Coaching & IAL-Administration.

Our Programs

IAL Administration

Designed for emerging and established administrative leaders looking to advance their careers within intercollegiate athletics. Often students in IAL-Admin are considering future positions as senior athletic staff and athletic directors.

IAL Coaching

Ideal option for coaches looking to strengthen their coaching skill set through leadership and sport-specific coursework.  Many IAL-Coaching students are already established within the intercollegiate setting and are looking to build on their current level of expertise.


Check out this quick video for an overview of the IAL program and how it can help you achieve your career goals in athletics:
For a more in-depth look at what IAL has to offer, view our online information session below: