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Graduate Certificate in Sport Coaching & Leadership

This fully-online 9-credit graduate certificate program is designed to increase knowledge and skills for coaches and leaders at any level.

Who is this program for?

  • High-performance coaches
  • Teacher-coaches
  • Youth sport coaches
  • Sport leaders (administrators, athletic directors)
  • Coach educators and developers

Why would you want to apply to this program?

  • If you want to increase your competency as a coach, but you are concurrently developing skill in another profession, such as education, counseling, or administration.
  • If you want to increase your competency as a coach but do not wish to commit to a full masters degree program.
  • Many students in this program have been school-based coaches who were concurrently enrolled in education masters degree programs at MSU. If you have been admitted to a masters degree program in the College of Education at MSU, you can cross-enroll in the graduate certificate program by completing the Intent to Enroll Form (click the Handbook and Forms link on the menu).

When does the program begin?

Once admitted to the program, students may begin the program in any semester (fall, spring, or summer), pending availability of spots (please note that some courses fill quickly). Applications are taken on three cycles each year (see details below).

Where do courses take place?

Courses are delivered online using a combination of high-quality video lectures, readings, and project-based assessments. Although most courses are asynchronous (student completes learning activities without the need for live meetings), some courses will have a requirement for a synchronous meeting between the instructor and a small group of students (this is done through video/teleconferencing).

Courses for the Graduate Certificate

Students choose one course from each competency area.

  • Psychosocial Competency
    • KIN 855 – Psychosocial Bases of Coaching (Fall semester)
    • KIN 857 – Promoting Positive Youth Development through Sport (Fall semester)
    • KIN 865 – Stages of Athlete Development (Spring semester)
  • Physical Competency
    • KIN 856 – Physical Bases of Coaching (Summer semester)
    • KIN 868 – Skill Development in Athletes (Spring semester)
  • Legal & Safety Competency
    • KIN 829 – Safety & Injury Control (Summer semester)
    • KIN 854 – Legal & Administrative Issues (Spring semester)

Example Program Plans

  • Youth–Focused Option (8 or 12 months)
    • KIN 857 – Promoting Positive Youth Development through Sport (Fall semester) or KIN 865 – Stages of Athlete Development (Spring semester)
    • KIN 868 – Skill Development in Athletes (Spring semester)
    • KIN 829 – Safety & Injury Control (Summer semester)
  • 4-month option (all courses offered in Spring semester)
    • KIN 865 – Stages of Athlete Development
    • KIN 868 – Skill Development in Athletes
    • KIN 854 – Legal & Administrative Issues

Costs for the Master's Degree

  • TUITION *
    • Michigan Resident – $6,538.50 ($726.50 per credit-hour)
    • Non-Resident – $8,379.00 ($931.00 per credit-hour)
  • BOOKS & SUPPLIES
    • $200—300
  • MSU APPLICATION FEE
    • $65

* 2017-18 tuition rate – current rates are published on Controller’s Office website (see the line for Graduate Certification)

Frequently-Asked Questions

Technological Requirements

You will need a computer with internet access. It is ideal to have the speed of a typical cable-modem; dial-up connections will experience very slow loading of streaming video lectures and other high-bandwidth content. Individual courses may have specialized technological needs (such as specialized apps or software), but adequate tutorials will be provided as part of the course.

If you have questions about accessibility, please call the Help Desk, (800) 500-1554 or (517) 355-2345.

As with all computing situations involving the Internet or other file sharing, practice safe computing — install and use a virus detection and repair software package, and back-up your work regularly!

Apply to the program

Deadlines

Applications are taken in three application cycles each year:

  • October 15 – to be considered for January admission (Spring semester)
  • January 15 – to be considered for May admission (Summer semester)
  • June 15 – to be considered for August admission (Fall semester)

Application requirements

Please submit all application materials through the online graduate application. When applying, use program code 6768.

Required Application Materials

  • Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher (must be sent directly from student’s undergraduate institution)
  • Two letters of professional recommendation.  One letter should clearly demonstrate your ability to be successful as a student (academic sources are ideal); the second letter should detail your experience and strengths as a sport coach/leader.
  • Written academic statement clearly stating your professional goals and how you anticipate this program would help you to attain them (750 words max)
  • Professional resume detailing your academic and work experience (2 page max; please note that a Curriculum Vitae is not ideal for this requirement)

Optional Application Materials

  • Written personal statement that illustrates your unique qualities and experiences that might make you a stronger candidate for admission (750 words max) – paste into appropriate page in graduate application
  • GRE scores are not required; however, if your scores are strong and you feel they would be a helpful supplement to your application, you may include them

Letters of reference can be e-mailed to kingrad@msu.edu or mailed to:

Kinesiology Graduate Secretary
308 W Circle Dr., Room 134
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824

All other materials should be submitted through the online graduate application.