Candice Dominguez dedicated herself to cheerleading and track in high school and college in California. When it was time to take the next step to fulfill her career ambitions of working in the sports industry, it led her all the way to Nebraska to the master of arts in business with a specialization in intercollegiate athletic administration (MAIAA) program.
The first program of its kind to offer a funded business and athletic administration master's degree, the MAIAA program prepares students to break into the competitive job market of collegiate athletics after graduation. Dominguez believes the program is the perfect match for accomplishing her dreams.
“I chose the MAIAA program because it is a great business program that will help me reach my goal of becoming an agent,” said Dominguez. “Having the opportunity to work in both Nebraska Business and Nebraska Athletics will give me more knowledge and relevant work experience than MBA programs anywhere else.”
Dominguez landed a spot as a graduate assistant with the Center of Entrepreneurship her first year supporting their efforts to engage students in business competitions and special events. The second year, MAIAA students work in Nebraska Athletics.
One of 12 students enrolled in the fourth cohort of the MAIAA program, Dominguez joins as the youngest member of her class at 21 years old. She completed her undergraduate degree at California State University, Sacramento, in just three years, while simultaneously setting school records in both indoor and outdoor high jump events.
She earned All-Big Sky honors in the process and made it all the way to the NCAA Western Regional last spring. Outside of track, Dominguez pushed herself academically. She took a minimum of 16 credits per semester, including five summer classes. She found out about the MAIAA program while studying for the GMAT exam and asked MAIAA students questions through social media.
“The current MAIAA students told me Nebraska was the place to get a step ahead of the competition. They felt prepared for the job search because of their graduate assistant experiences in Nebraska Athletics,” she said.