Higher Education Athletic Administration

"A flexible, student-centered program producing future scholar-practitioner leaders in higher education athletic administration"

The UW-Whitewater Higher Education Athletic Administration graduate program prepares individuals who aspire to leadership positions in intercollegiate athletics. This program takes a scholar-practitioner approach, preparing students as future leaders in college athletics. Classroom experiences are grounded in theoretical concepts that guide organizational leadership but focus primarily on practical application. Students who complete this program will have a strong understanding of how to implement NCAA policy, apply organizational theory, collaborate across higher education units, and engage in critical decision-making processes. In short, students who graduate from this program are equipped to step directly into fast-paced higher education athletic administration roles.

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Why UWW?

A flexible student-centered approach is what truly sets this program apart. The program is comprised of 30 total credits. The program can be completed in 18 months, but can also be extended to 3 years. Classes are flexible in nature, and are offered in an evening format to cater to the needs of working adults. UW-Whitewater prides itself as a community powered by a rich tradition of excellence. We are committed to helping students tailor the program to their career and life.

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Kristina NavarroHello and welcome the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's Higher Education Athletic Administration Program. The primary goal of this program is to develop aspiring athletic administrators via meaningful and engaging classroom interaction paired with practical experiences. Our program faculty represent a dynamic group of scholar-practitioners, who collectively have multifaceted experiences as leaders in higher education and athletic administration. I encourage you to view the profiles of each of our faculty members who will support your educational journey. What truly sets this program apart from others is the high impact, student-centered practices of our campus and faculty. When you join the UW-Whitewater Higher Education Athletic Administration program, you join the Warhawk family; a culture that is deeply rooted in preparing leaders via practical experiences, holistic development, and lifelong learning opportunities. We look forward to your application and working with you on your educational journey.


Kristina M. Navarro, Ph.D., C.S.C.S.

Associate Professor

Associate Athletic Director for Student Development & Strategic Initiatives

Coordinator, Higher Education Leadership/Athletic Administration


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