1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. Applicants who apply for admissions prior to completion of their undergraduate degrees may be accepted into the program but will not be allowed to register for classes until completion of such degree and a final, official transcript is received by the Admissions Office.
2. A completed admissions application, and an application fee ($40.00), submitted online or mailed to the Admissions Office, Castleton College, Castleton, Vermont, 05735.
3. A written statement of no more than two single-spaced pages which addresses the following questions: a) What are the applicant's personal and professional goals, and how will earning an advanced degree support them? b) What does the applicant hope to learn during his/her graduate studies? c) What contributions will the applicant's presence bring to Castleton's graduate program?
4. A supplemental essay that addresses the following:
a) 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.
b) Then, please outline any preconceived notions you may have now about how an athletic leader might work to overcome this weakness or shortcoming.
c) 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 near future.
5. A current résumé.
6. Two letters of reference that speak to the applicant's scholarship and potential to be an exemplary professional in Sports Administration.
7. Official transcripts of all college work, both graduate and undergraduate, sent directly or transferred electronically from the issuing institution to the Castleton College Admissions Office. Admission to the program may be granted if the applicant has an undergraduate G.P.A. of at least 3.0 on a four point scale and shows an aptitude for graduate studies as reflected in references, writing ability, and personal objectives. On occasion, students with a G.P.A that falls below a 3.0 may be admitted on a provisional basis. (See below)
8. Prerequisites: 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.
Provisional admission may be granted if the applicant shows potential for graduate studies but fails to meet one of the stated criteria for admission. In some instances, provisional admission may be due to a routine logistical issue such as official transcripts replacing unofficial ones. In these cases, the College reserves the right to revoke a provisional admission should the final submissions differ from what was expected. In some cases, the Graduate Admissions Committee may have concerns about a student's ability to complete their program successfully. In these instances, students will be required to take two courses (ATL 5010 - Leadership and Management of Athletic Programs and any other core ATL course). Courses must be completed within two semesters of the date of provisional admission and passed with a grade of "B" or better. If these conditions are met, the applicant will be reconsidered for full admission to the program. If these conditions are not met, the student may be dismissed from the program. The Graduate Admissions Committee may admit students provisionally and require completion of other tasks such as submission of exam scores or completion of other courses as determined by the Graduate Admissions Committee.