Sport Administration Alumni Outcomes
Canisius afforded me the opportunity to earn my Master's Degree in sport administration and also work as a graduate assistant in the athletic department. This opportunity allowed me to obtain an advanced degree in a field that really interested me and also allowed me to get real experiences as a member of the athletic communications department. That combination reaffirmed my desire to pursue a career in athletics.
I have used the tools and resources that I gained in the MSA program to team members and college interns on the real life experiences related to sports management. I found most useful was the practicum situations one must learn in this industry in order to succeed and bringing diverse experiences among professionals in our industry. This experience has shaped me to learning strategies, critical thinking, time management, building relationships, and leadership with new information and cutting-edge trends, topics and technology in our industry. The MSA program provides real life experiences to students and offers support to help one ultimately succeed in college and in pursuit of their professional career.
The MSA program provided me an opportunity to gain hands on experience and valuable networking opportunities with established professionals in the Sports Industry. The extensive alumni network consists of proven leaders in the profession who are eager to provide knowledge, resources and opportunities to students in the program. During my final semester I began an internship with the Buffalo Bills as a Customer Service Representative. My direct supervisor with the Bills was also a graduate of the MSA program. He served as a great mentor and provided me with guidance, knowledge and unique insight in to the business of sports. The tremendous support of the faculty, professors, and alumni is what separates the MSA program from the rest.
The MSA program at Canisius College was extremely helpful in my development as a Coach and an overall Sports Professional. The detailed courses offered in both Professional and Amateur issues in Sports provided me with a wide variety of knowledge and insight. The application of "real life" scenarios and study of current events in Sports, prepared me to handle a number of situations that arise in day-to-day operations. Most importantly, the MSA program focused on how to deal with people. Communication and leadership were a big part of our Mason Cup Championship with Western Michigan University, and Calder Cup Championship with the Grand Rapids Griffins. Furthermore, the MSA program offered me the flexibility to work around my own schedule when I was a young coach at Lebanon Valley College. I am proud to be an alumnus of such a great program!
My experience at Canisius was unique. I did my graduate degree all online. The Sports Administration Master Program was great. Even though I didn't actually go physically to the school, I felt like I was apart of the program through the communication of email and angel messaging. I would recommend the program to anyone that is working full time and traveling a lot.
I loved the small class sizes and the learning environment that Canisius provided. I didn’t know what to expect coming from a big state school (Go Gamecocks!), but I wound up enjoying everything about my time at Canisius. Canisius helped me grow not just as a student, but as a person and a professional. I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for my time at Canisius. The MSA program set me up for immediate and future success in college athletics. Go Griffs!