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Master of Science in Sport Coaching & Leadership

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 enroll in this program?

  • To advance your knowledge, skills, and surge your career forward

Why would you want to enroll in this program?

The program runs on a yearly cohort system that starts in mid-May each year. It typically takes two years plus four months to complete.

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).

Two of the courses (KIN 872, KIN 896) are offered with hybrid sections. In these courses, students will complete the majority of learning activities through an online, asynchronous process; however, if enrolled in a hybrid section, students will travel to MSU for six days of intensive, in-person instruction.

Courses

  • KIN 829 – Safety & Injury Control
  • KIN 854 – Legal & Administrative Issues
  • KIN 855 – Psychosocial Bases of Coaching
  • KIN 856 – Physical Bases of Coaching
  • KIN 857 – Promoting Positive Youth Development through Sport
  • KIN 865 – Stages of Athlete Development
  • KIN 868 – Skill Development in Athletes
  • KIN 872 – Coaching Science & Applied Research
  • KIN 880 – Sport Coaching and Leadership Practicum
  • KIN 896 – Integrative Capstone in Sport Coaching and Leadership

All courses are 3 credits.  A minimum of 30 credits are required in the masters degree.

Preferred Program Plan (28–months)

The program is designed to be taken over a 2-year + 4-month period as outlined below:

  • Summer Semester 1 (May–August)
    • KIN 872 – Coaching Science: Applied Research (hybrid or online)
    • KIN 829 – Safety & Injury Control (online)
  • Fall Semester 1 (August–December)
    • KIN 855 – Psychosocial Bases of Coaching Athletes (online)
  • Spring Semester 1 (January–May)
    • KIN 865 – Stages of Athlete Development (online)
    • KIN 868 – Skill Development in Athletes (online)
  • Summer Semester 2
    • KIN 856 – Physical Bases of Coaching (online)
  • Fall Semester 2
    • KIN 857 – Positive Youth Development through Sport (online)
    • KIN 880 – Coaching and Leadership Practicum (either fall or spring semester)
  • Spring Semester 2
    • KIN 854 – Legal and Administrative Issues for Coaches and Administrators (online)
    • KIN 880 – Coaching and Leadership Practicum (either fall or spring semester)
  • Summer Semester 3
    • KIN 896 – Integrative Capstone in Sport Coaching and Leadership (hybrid)

Costs for the Master's Degree

  • TUITION *
    • $24,900 ($830.00 per credit–hour)
  • BOOKS & SUPPLIES
    • $500—800
  • ON–CAMPUS (HYBRID) OPTION **
    • $360 (includes six nights lodging, with three meals each day
  • MSU APPLICATION FEE
    • $65

* 2017-18 tuition rate – current rates are published on Controller’s Office website – scroll down to the line that reads On-line Education Masters. Tuition costs may vary from state to state in the USA.

** Does not include travel costs. Please note that hybrid option is recommended for KIN 872 and KIN 896.

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

Deadline

January 15th of each year.

Application requirements

Please submit all application materials through the online graduate application. When applying, use program code 6767.

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.

Students interested in applying for the Kinesiology MS degree, which is a different degree program, should visit the Department of Kinesiology Masters Programs.