Master of Science in Sport Coaching


The MS in Sport Coaching program at WVU has been ranked #9 Best Online Master’s in Coaching Degrees and #3 Most Affordable Online Master’s in Coaching Degrees according to College Choice.

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.

Admissions Requirements

A baccalaureate degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. Admission preference is given to individuals with coaching experience. All students need access to sports teams and athletes on a regular basis given the applied nature of many course assignments.


West Virginia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.



Courses Required


Total Credit Hours

Course Formats

  • Online Courses

Estimated Tuition and Fees

The Master of Science in Sport Coaching requires 30 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $607.

Residents and Non-Residents
Estimated Tuition Based on Credit Hours
Credit Hours Cost
1 $607
3 $1,821
6 $3,642
9 $5,463

Financial Aid

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.

Next Start Date: January 13, 2020    Apply Now


What can you do with a Master of Science in Sport Coaching?

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.

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).

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%

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