Professionally minded, passionate, lifelong learners hold the key to developing the effective sport programs of tomorrow. But what do highly motivated future coaches and sport leaders need to learn? We believe that kinesiology and the sport sciences form the backbone of an effective sport program. Our online master's degree builds fundamental knowledge and skills in the sport sciences, including sport psychology, skill acquisition, human development, physiology, and anatomy. Courses in leadership, positive youth development, safety promotion, law, ethics, and administration help our students to build programs of distinction. Our semester-long practicum course employs intensive video review and reflection to help students refine their coaching practice, and our capstone options help students to integrate knowledge and skills acquired during the program.
If you are up to the challenge of a rigorous, Big Ten quality program, and you are prepared to advance as a coach or sport leader, then this program is for you. Our degree delivers core competencies for sport coaches and leaders at the youth, age-group, scholastic, intercollegiate, or professional level. Designed with current coaches and leaders in mind, the online delivery of coursework enables you to work around a busy schedule. To learn more, set-up a phone appointment with the program director to see if our program will be a match for your interests.
Our eight program competencies cut across coursework and help you to become a more effective coach or sport leader in the workplace.
- Effective communication skills (to improve communication with athletes and other sport stakeholders)
- Effective planning skills (to develop practice plans and program environments to enhance athletic performance and personal development)
- Effective sport pedagogy (including instructional messages and constraints-led approaches to technical and tactical development)
- Safety, Injury Control and Risk Management
- Reflective practice skills (to help with your daily, weekly, and lifelong professional development)
- Ethical decision-making skills
- General sport science knowledge (to become a better consumer of evidence and information and how they inform practice as a coach or sport leader)
- Scientific writing skills (to better communicate your learning experiences during the program)
Primarily, our alumni tell us that this degree has built their confidence and has prepared them to be more outspoken and assertive in the workplace. Although a degree is not a requirement for entering into the coaching profession (unlike teaching or nursing), this degree will enhance your knowledge and skills and help you advance in the job market. There are some circumstances where a degree is a requirement for placement or advancement. A master's degree is typically required for new coaches who want to work at the intercollegiate level. Depending on state and school district policies, this master's degree can enable a salary increase for teacher-coaches; if this situation pertains to you, we recommend that you discuss the matter with your supervisor(s).
Admissions and Requirements
To be accepted to this program, you must have:
A bachelor's degree
Undergraduate degree transcript that shows a minimum GPA of 3.0 from an accredited institution of higher education
3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
Previous work experience
Current résumé (2-page max) that highlights all work experiences relevant to sport coaching and leadership
A written personal statement
Academic statement of 750 words where you explain how this program will help you meet your professional goals
2 letters of recommendation
Two letters of recommendation – one should come from an academic source who can vouch for your credentials as a student, the other should come from workplace source who can vouch for your credentials on the job.
Official transcripts from all previous schools
To apply to this program:
Complete a university graduate application (program code: 6767)
International students should complete the international application and should consult with the program director about potential restrictions for online degree programs.
June 15, 2020
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In State Tuition
- Per Credit Hour
Out of State Tuition
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MSU assesses different fees. Please review the 2019-2020 Fees and Tuition Rates for a full description.
The university reserves the right to make changes in the types, structures, rates for fees, and tuition. Every effort will be made to give as much advance notice as possible.
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