Graduate Certificate in Sport Coaching & Leadership

This fully-online 10-credit graduate certificate program is designed to increase knowledge and skills for coaches and leaders at any level.

Please note this program in its current form will be in place through Fall 2021. After that, we will be introducing a new 13-credit graduate certificate program in Sport Leadership and Administration, and revising this graduate certificate program to focus exclusively on Sport Coaching (it will still be 10 credits). Both programs will be offered fully-online.

Choosing Courses for the Graduate Certificate

Students must take KIN 852 Ethics in Sport Coaching and Leadership (1 credit, Spring/Summer semester) and then choose one course from three of the four cognante areas.

Psychosocial Cognate

  • KIN 855 – Psychosocial Bases of Coaching (Fall semester)
  • KIN 849 – Theory and Practice of Modern Sport Leadership (Spring semester)

Physical Cognate

  • KIN 856 – Physical Bases of Coaching (Summer semester)
  • KIN 868 – Skill Development in Athletes (Spring semester)

Legal & Safety Cognate

  • KIN 829 – Safety & Injury Control (Summer semester)
  • KIN 854 – Legal & Administrative Issues (Spring semester)

Human Development Cognate

  • KIN 857 – Promoting Positive Youth Development through Sport (Fall semester)
  • KIN 865 – Stages of Athlete Development (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)
    • KIN 852 – Ethics in Sport Coaching and Leadership (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
    • KIN 852 – Ethics in Sport Coaching and Leadership

Costs for the Graduate Certificate

  • Tuition: $26,925 ($897.50 per credit–hour)
  • Books and supplies: $500-800
  • MSU application fee: $65

* 2020-21 tuition rate – current rates are published on Controller’s Office website – scroll down to the line that reads On-line Education Masters. Fees may vary. Tuition for a hybrid course section may differ based on your state of residence.

Frequently-Asked Questions

Technological Requirements

You will need a computer with internet access. Internet speed equivalent to 4G wireless will typically suffice. Students with slower connection speeds 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. You will also need a video camera/webcam to complete course assignments/projects.

Cloud-based back-up of all student work is highly recommended, and MSU students have access to Google Drive for file storage and back-up. This makes recovery of lost files possible, and makes it easier to assemble a final capstone portfolio or capstone project.

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. Use the latest versions of software, install and use virus detection, and back-up your work regularly!