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Sport Coaching and Leadership

Master of Science

Online

Course Delivery

30

Total Credits

$27,180

Tuition

20 Months

Minimum Duration


Program Overview

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 Michigan State University online master's degree program 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 online master's program will be a match for your interests.

 

Program Outcomes

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)

Career Outlook

 

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 in sports coaching jobs. 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).

A Top-Ranked Education

  • 32nd among Best Public Universities in America — U.S. News & World Report, 2021
  • A Top 100 Global University — Times Higher Education and U.S. News & World Report, 2021

 

Andy Driska Headshot

Dr. Andy Driska

Assistant Professor, Program Director

Dr. Andy Driska is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, where he directs the graduate programs in sport coaching and leadership, advises and mentors students, and teaches graduate-level courses in sport psychology, skill acquisition, leadership, ethics, and coaching science.

Course Information

 

Core

KIN 852 - Ethics in Sport Coaching and Leadership (1 Credit)
KIN 872 - Coaching Science: Applied Research (3 Credits)
KIN 896 - Integrative Capstone in Sport Coaching and Leadership (2 Credits)

 

Elective

KIN 855 - Psychosocial Bases of Coaching Athletes (3 Credits)
KIN 815 - Principles of Strength and Conditioning (3 Credits)
KIN 829 - Safety and Injury Control (3 Credits)
KIN 849 - Theory and Practice of Modern Sport Leadership (3 Credits)
KIN 850 - Special Topics in Sport Coaching and Leadership (3 Credits)
KIN 854 - Legal and Administrative Issues for Administrators and Coaches (3 Credits)
KIN 856 - Physical Bases of Coaching Athletes (3 Credits)
KIN 857 - Promoting Positive Youth Development Through Sport (3 Credits)
KIN 859 - Scholastic Athletic Administration (3 Credits)
KIN 865 - Stages of Athlete Development (3 Credits)
KIN 868 - Skill Development in Athletes (3 Credits)
KIN 880 - Sport Leadership Practicum (3 Credits)

Admissions 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
  • Previous work experience
    Current résumé (2-page max) that highlights all work experiences relevant to sport coaching and leadership
  • A written academic statement
    Academic statement of 750 words where you explain how this program will help you meet your professional goals
  • 3 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. Provide contact information for your recommenders and the MSU application system will provide instructions to them.
  • Official transcripts from all previous schools

 

To apply to this program:

  • Complete a university graduate application.
  • International students should complete the international application and should consult with the program director about potential restrictions for online degree programs.

Key Dates

Fall 

Application Deadline

June 15th

Summer 

Application Deadline

January 15th

 

 

Tuition & Fees

 

In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
$27,180
$27,180

 

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.

Program Overview

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 Michigan State University online master's degree program 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 online master's program will be a match for your interests.

 

Program Outcomes

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)

Career Outlook

 

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 in sports coaching jobs. 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).

A Top-Ranked Education

  • 32nd among Best Public Universities in America — U.S. News & World Report, 2021
  • A Top 100 Global University — Times Higher Education and U.S. News & World Report, 2021

 

Andy Driska Headshot

Dr. Andy Driska

Assistant Professor, Program Director

Dr. Andy Driska is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, where he directs the graduate programs in sport coaching and leadership, advises and mentors students, and teaches graduate-level courses in sport psychology, skill acquisition, leadership, ethics, and coaching science.

Course Information

 

Core

KIN 852 - Ethics in Sport Coaching and Leadership (1 Credit)
KIN 872 - Coaching Science: Applied Research (3 Credits)
KIN 896 - Integrative Capstone in Sport Coaching and Leadership (2 Credits)

 

Elective

KIN 855 - Psychosocial Bases of Coaching Athletes (3 Credits)
KIN 815 - Principles of Strength and Conditioning (3 Credits)
KIN 829 - Safety and Injury Control (3 Credits)
KIN 849 - Theory and Practice of Modern Sport Leadership (3 Credits)
KIN 850 - Special Topics in Sport Coaching and Leadership (3 Credits)
KIN 854 - Legal and Administrative Issues for Administrators and Coaches (3 Credits)
KIN 856 - Physical Bases of Coaching Athletes (3 Credits)
KIN 857 - Promoting Positive Youth Development Through Sport (3 Credits)
KIN 859 - Scholastic Athletic Administration (3 Credits)
KIN 865 - Stages of Athlete Development (3 Credits)
KIN 868 - Skill Development in Athletes (3 Credits)
KIN 880 - Sport Leadership Practicum (3 Credits)

Admissions 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
  • Previous work experience
    Current résumé (2-page max) that highlights all work experiences relevant to sport coaching and leadership
  • A written academic statement
    Academic statement of 750 words where you explain how this program will help you meet your professional goals
  • 3 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. Provide contact information for your recommenders and the MSU application system will provide instructions to them.
  • Official transcripts from all previous schools

 

To apply to this program:

  • Complete a university graduate application.
  • International students should complete the international application and should consult with the program director about potential restrictions for online degree programs.

Key Dates

Fall 

Application Deadline

June 15th

Summer 

Application Deadline

January 15th

 

 

Tuition & Fees

 

In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
$27,180
$27,180

 

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.

The MSU Value Promise

You can be ensured a return on your investment at Michigan State University.

As one of the top research universities in the world, Michigan State University has advanced the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years.

MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community.

MSU has been offering online degree programs for over 20 years. Our maturity is evident in the high quality of the learning experience enjoyed by our online students.

MSU provides programs and initiatives that support and enhance diversity. We will expand our campus and external partnerships to put in place inclusive recruitment and retention practices. We nurture and promote individuals’ varied experiences and perspectives, ensuring structures and processes make possible full participation by all members of our community.

MSU actively collaborates with campus and external partners to innovate across all dimensions of graduate education. We create and support networks that increase collaboration and improve educational opportunities for our online students.

MSU’s nationally recognized online programs foster student growth and well-being throughout their academic career. We will expand inclusive mentoring practices and accelerate improvement across units to implement evidence-based practices to ensure our students complete successfully.

Continuing education can be one of the most exciting, challenging, and rewarding experiences you undertake in your life. We hope you consider becoming a Spartan, to learn online and reach your career goals. With highly ranked online programs and exceptional professors, we educate students who advance the common good with uncommon will.