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SPORT COACHING M.S.

Aug. 17, 2022

Next Start Date

12

Courses Required

$655

Cost Per Credit Hour

30

Total Credit Hours

Online Asynchronous

Learning Formats

Where Motivation and Passion Meet

This program is perfect for individuals who have a coaching placement at the collegiate, scholastic, club or community level.

Whether you are motivated by career advancement, currently work as an athletic trainer, or coach athletes for improved sport performance, our degree prepares you to be a lifelong learner who can adapt professional practices to meet the changing needs of today’s athletes.

This program can be started in any term and all online students will pay the equivalent of in-state tuition. The fully online format is ideal for busy coaches who need to balance demanding schedules with other priorities including family, work, and continuing education.


Sport Coaching graduate sitting in his office with WVU memorabilia.

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 collegechoice.net.

The value of a degree from West Virginia University is supported by the Center for World University Rankings (2017) which places us among the top 1.5% of universities in the world.

Attend a Virtual Information Session

Thank you for your interest in the Sport Coaching M.S. program at West Virginia University! Attend a Virtual Information Session and learn more about the Sport Coaching M.S. program on July 12, 2022.

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Online Sport Coaching Admission Requirements

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

Admissions

  • Apply with the online Graduate Application
  • Pay the graduate application fee
  • Resume highlighting professional background, experience, and qualifications
  • Professional statement: 1-2 written pages on professional goals and reasons for seeking admission
  • Request official transcripts from all institutions attended (other than WVU) and
    1. Mail to:
      WVU Office of Graduate Admissions
      One Waterfront Place
      PO Box 6510
      Morgantown, WV 26506-6510
    2. or Email to: GraduateAdmissions@mail.wvu.edu

*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 9 credit hours in order to remain in the program. Admission to the program is highly competitive.

No GRE is required. TOFEL scores are required for international students.

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until August 1 for a fall term start, December 15 for a spring term start, and May 1 for a summer term start.

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Student Spotlight

Learn more about student experiences in the Online Sport Coaching program.

Ryan Wood helping a fellow student lift weights.

Ryan Wood

Ryan Wood was searching for a graduate program that focused on the science of coaching. He based his decision in part on the positive testimonials from close friends who have earned their graduate degree at WVU. Wood says that WVU has given him a different perspective on the important role he has as a coach in generating the motivation of students and athletes.

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Tuition, Fees, and 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. Please contact the WVU Financial Aid Office at (304) 293-5242 or financialaid.wvu.edu for additional information.


The Sport Coaching M.S. requires 30 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $655.
$19,650 – Residents and Non-Residents

Credits Cost
1 $655
3 $1,965
6 $3,990
9 $5,895

Courses and Curriculum


Online Sport Coaching M.S. Requirements

Student must complete a total of 30 credits across the three areas in the ICCE Framework. Minimum GPA of 2.75 required.

Course Title Credit Hours
Intrapersonal Knowledge
ACE 508 Coaching Techniques 1-6
ACE 585 Coaching Internship 3
Professional Knowledge
Pedagogy and Context 6
ACE 518 Psychology of Coaching
ACE 522 Motor Behavior for Sport Coaches
ACE 539 Create Healthy Competitive Environments
ACE 541 Positive Youth Development in Sport
Applied Sport Science 6
ACE 510 Training Theories for Coaches
ACE 568 Sport Movement Analysis
ACE 569 Strength and Conditioning Methods for Coaches
Leadership Development 6
ACE 530 Coaching Education Administration
SM 535 Sport Management Processes
SM 571 Interscholastic Sport Organization and Administration
SM 578 Leadership in Interscholastic Athletic Administration
Additional Coursework * 6
ACE 518 Psychology of Coaching
ACE 522 Motor Behavior for Sport Coaches
ACE 539 Create Healthy Competitive Environments
ACE 541 Positive Youth Development in Sport
ACE 510 Training Theories for Coaches
ACE 568 Sport Movement Analysis
ACE 569 Strength and Conditioning Methods for Coaches
ACE 530 Coaching Education Administration
SM 535 Sport Management Processes
SM 571 Interscholastic Sport Organization and Administration
SM 578 Leadership in Interscholastic Athletic Administration

Total Hours: 28-33

Your future in Sports Coaching

The Sport Coaching degree from the College of Applied Human Sciences provides students with the essential skills and knowledge to work with athletes in a variety of contexts across their lifetime. Our program is designed to provide the following learning outcomes:

  • Content Knowledge – Students will demonstrate an understanding of and the ability to synthesize and apply Professional Knowledge, Interpersonal Knowledge, and Intrapersonal Knowledge through the use of best practices related to athlete development and sport coaching.
  • Reflection and Critical Thinking – Students will develop and utilize critical thinking skills as they refine their professional practice and promote lifelong athlete development.
  • Professionalism and Ethics – Students will model leadership competencies including ethical practices representative of professional conduct.

The Benefits to Choosing Our Program

WVU professors in Coaching Education have designed a curriculum that focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary to be an effective coach. Additional focus is placed on holistic athlete development, including sport skills, life skills, long-term development and periodized training.

The fully online format allows working professionals to complete courses during fall, spring and summer, without having to be on-campus. The course load is two courses a semester (one course every 8 weeks) to allow students to balance the master's program with family, work and coaching responsibilities. Courses promote online interaction and peer support within and between cohorts.

The Sport Coaching master’s program can be completed in five semesters. The program utilizes the International Council for Sport Coaching Excellence’s International Sport Coaching Framework and professional development guidelines from coaching education and coach development industry leaders.

Career Outlook for Physical Education

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: 11% or higher *Bright Outlook

Fitness and Wellness Coordinator
Projected Growth: 7-10% *Bright Outlook

Education Administrator
Projected Growth: 7-10% *Bright Outlook

Recreation and Fitness Studies Teacher
Projected Growth: 4-6%

Athlete and Sports Competitor
Projected Growth: 4-6%

Umpire, Referee and Other Sports Official
Projected Growth: 4-6%

Athletic Trainer
Projected Growth: 11% or higher *Bright Outlook

Fitness Trainer and Aerobics Instructor
Projected Growth: 11% or higher *Bright Outlook

Secondary School Teacher
Projected Growth: 4-6%


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).

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