Athletic Leadership (MS.ATL) Admissions Requirements

As a graduate student at Castleton, you will experience the same transformative, relationship-based education that is the hallmark of the Castleton experience.

The Master of Science in Athletic Leadership program maintains a dedication to excellence in teaching and close student-faculty interaction. Castleton’s mission is to cultivate the knowledge, competence and preparation you need as an emerging professional in your field.

Your application will be complete when the Admissions Office has received the following:

__ A completed application and the $40 application fee. The application fee is non-refundable and may be mailed to the Admissions Office in the form of a check or money order payable to Castleton University.

__ A candidate's statement (no more than two single-spaced pages) addressing the following:         

  1. Education-based athletic programs are defined to be interscholastic athletic programs found within both public and private K-12 school systems, as well as, intercollegiate athletic programs found at both public and private colleges and universities. With this in mind, please identify a current weakness or shortcoming within the industry of education-based athletics.
  2. Then, please outline any preconceived notions you may have now about how an athletic leader might work to overcome this weakness or shortcoming.
  3. Finally, please outline how you think your involvement in the MS.ATL will assist you, as an athletic leader, in finding a way to overcome this weakness or shortcoming in the future.

__ A current résumé.

__ Two current letters of recommendation addressing the applicant’s scholarship and potential to be an exemplary professional in Sport Management. Your letters of recommendation must come directly from the persons providing the recommendations and can be submitted to:

__ Official final transcripts of undergraduate and graduate work directly from the issuing institution to Castleton. Transcripts within the Vermont State College system from 2003 forward can be obtained by the Castleton Admissions Office.


All candidates must complete the following prerequisites prior to matriculation: a) A management theory course. b) An introductory marketing course. c) An introductory sports administration/management course or five years as a professional in the industry of sport.