Sport Coaching M.S.

May 13, 2019
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The Sport Coaching degree, from the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, is offered fully online and prepares students to work in the coaching profession at the scholastic, community, and club levels. The curriculum is aligned with the International Sport Coaching Framework established by the International Council for Coaching Excellence (ICCE). In addition to obtaining the foundational knowledge and skills to work with young athletes in a variety of sport contexts, the curriculum focuses on whole athlete development: sport talent, life skills, and personal character. Students also work closely with faculty across their plan of study to apply what they are learning, with the goal of transforming their own coaching practices.


West Virginia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


Applicants must:

  • Have an earned a baccalaureate degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale*
  • Have access to youth (children and adolescents) in school or community-based sport settings throughout the duration of the program

Preference will be given to individuals with physical education, exercise science, kinesiology, athletic training, athletic coaching education, sport and exercise psychology, or related bachelor’s degrees. Individuals with sport-related experiences, particularly coaching, are also encouraged to apply.


*Students may be admitted provisionally with a GPA of 2.75 or lower; however, provisional students must earn a 3.0 in the first 9 hours of coursework to continue in the program.


Application Requirements

  • Apply with the online Graduate Application
  • Pay graduate application fee
  • Submit professional goal statement: 1-2 written pages on professional goals and reasons for seeking admission
  • Provide current resume highlighting professional background and qualifications
  • No GRE scores required
  • Request official transcripts from all institutions attended (other than WVU) and send to:
    WVU Office of Graduate Admissions
    One Waterfront Place
    PO Box 6510
    Morgantown, WV 26506-6510


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*Applicants with a GPA between 2.5 and 2.75 may be admitted provisionally. Provisional admits must maintain a 3.0 GPA in their first 12-credit hours in order to remain in the program. Admission to the program is highly competitive.


TOFEL scores are required for international students.



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Tuition and Fees

for academic year 2018-2019


Per Credit Hour


Per Credit Hour

Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.


*Student must pay for all credits taken



The goals of this curriculum include Professional Knowledge, Applied Sport Science, Pedagogy and Content, and Leadership Development. The curriculum is designed for busy professionals who are balancing the demands of their family, work, and continuing education. Courses are generally eight weeks in length, enabling learners to focus their attention on a single course at a time. As a signature feature, this program of study includes introductory (ACE 508) and capstone (ACE 585) courses focused on the development of professional learning communities and reflective professional practice. In addition to that specialized course work, students engage in a number of other content areas common to work in all sport coaching settings.


The program is 30 credit hours and students can complete the program in five semesters.



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Spring 2019

ACE 508 Coaching Techniques (3)
ACE 541 Positive Youth Development (3)

Summer 2019

ACE 568 Sport Movement Analysis (3)
ACE 510 Training Theory for Coaches (3)

Fall 2019

SM 535 Sport Management Processes (3)
ACE 522 Motor Behavior for Sport Coaches (3)

Spring 2020

SM 571 Interscholastic Sport Org & Admin (3)
SM 578 Leadership in Interscholastic Athletic Admin (3)

Summer 2020

ACE 518 Psychology of Coaching (3)
ACE 585 Coaching Internship (3)

August 2020


Make plans for your summer graduation!

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Career Information

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Sport Coaching M.S. degree may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.


Sports Coach or Scout

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Umpire, Referee and other Sports Official

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Fitness and Wellness Coordinator

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Athletic Trainer

Projected Growth: 15% or higher *Bright Outlook

Education Administrator/Director

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Fitness Trainer and Aerobics Instructor

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Recreation and Fitness Studies Teacher

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Secondary School Teacher

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Athlete and Sports Competitor

Projected Growth: 5-9%
Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).