The Certificate in Interscholastic Athletic/Activities Administration allows undergraduate students to focus a portion of their studies on extracurricular activities at the interscholastic level.

Combining experiential learning and networking opportunities with academic course work, students will enter a school district prepared and confident to succeed in athletic/activities administration roles.   

Why Iowa?

In the state of Iowa, individuals who do not have a teaching degree but have received a bachelor's degree in Sport Management with a focus on athletics/activities administration from a regionally-accredited institution are able to play an active role within schools across the state. 

Students will learn to recognize and establish liability protections in programming and formulate effective program and coach assessment/evaluation. They also will be prepared to develop and maintain facilities, plan and oversee financially sustainable events, and carry out effective and appropriate marketing, communication, and fund-raising campaigns. 

This certificate program may be completed on campus or online.

Admission Requirements

The certificate may be earned by any undergraduate student admitted to the University of Iowa and by all individuals who are not concurrently enrolled in a UI graduate or professional degree program.

This certificate is an option for educators and other professionals who already have a degree but may wish to pursue career opportunities in interscholastic athletics/activities administration. Students who want to earn the certificate and do not want to pursue a degree may apply as nondegree students.

Careers and Outcomes

Iowa graduates have a 95 percent job/grad school placement rate within six months of graduation. Our  Pomerantz Career Center  offers multiple resources to help students find internships and jobs. 


The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college. 

The Office of Admissions and the Office of Student Financial Aid also are great resources for students seeking scholarships. 


This certificate requires completion of 21 s.h., including core courses and focused electives. Some courses have prerequisites which must be completed before registering for that course. 

The required guided field experience is essential to completion of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) requirements for first-level certification as a registered athletic administrator (RAA).

Students majoring in sport and recreation management with the interscholastic athletic/activities administration concentration may count no more than 6 semester hours from that concentration area toward the certificate. 

See Certificate in Interscholastic Athletic/Activities Administration in the UI General Catalog for more information.