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Master of Science in Sport Coaching & Leadership

Who Should Apply

If you are committed to working in the profession of sport coaching or sport leadership, our program is for you. High-performance coaches, teacher-coaches, and youth sport coaches as well as sport leaders (administrators, athletic directors, and coach developers) will benefit from our program. Ideal students already have some coaching or leadership experience and are currently working in the field.

What You’ll Learn

You will develop competencies related to sport science including program planning, sport psychology, skill acquisition, and exercise physiology will prepare you with skills to plan and conduct training sessions, communicate effectively, and optimally develop athletes. You’ll also learn skills for ethical decision-making and reflective practice.

How You’ll Learn

The masters degree typically takes 2-3 years to complete. Courses are delivered online using a combination of high-quality video-lectures, readings, and project-based assessments. Many courses also include live videoconference meetings to discuss critical issues and opportunities to engage with expert faculty.

Curriculum

There are two concentrations in the masters degree, the Coaching Concentration and the Leadership Concentration. The concentrations differ in regard to the required number of courses in each of the four cognate areas (physical, psychosocial, legal, safety, & administration, and human development). The masters program is 30 credits.

Core Courses (Required 9 credits)

  • KIN 852 – Ethics in Sport Coaching and Leadership (1 credit)
  • KIN 872 – Coaching Science & Applied Research (3 credits)
  • KIN 880 – Sport Coaching and Leadership Practicum (3 credits)
  • KIN 896 – Integrative Capstone in Sport Coaching and Leadership (2 credits)

Concentration Requirements

Complete 21 credits from one of the following concentrations:

Coaching Concentration

Physical Cognate: Both of the following courses (6 credits)

  • KIN 856 – Physical Bases of Coaching (3 credits)
  • KIN 868 – Skill Development in Athletes (3 credits)

Psychosocial Cognate: Both of the following courses (6 credits)

  • KIN 855 – Psychosocial Bases of Coaching (3 credits)
  • KIN 849 – Theory and Practice of Modern Sport Leaderships (3 credits)

Legal Safety, and Administration Cognate: One of the following courses (3 credits)

  • KIN 854 – Legal & Administrative Issues for Coaches and Administrators (3 credits)
  • KIN 829 – Safety and Injury Control (3 credits)

Human Development Cognate: One of the following courses (3 credits)

  • KIN 857 – Promoting Positive Youth Development through Sport (3 credits)
  • KIN 865 – Stages of Athlete Development (3 credits)

Elective Cognate: One of the following courses (3 credits)

  • KIN 815 – Principles of Strength and Conditioning Coaching (3 credits)
  • KIN 859 – Scholastic Athletic Administration (3 credits)
  • KIN 850 – Special Topics in Sport Coaching and Leadership (3 credits, can take up to 9)
Leadership Concentration

Physical Cognate: One of the following courses (3 credits)

  • KIN 856 – Physical Bases of Coaching (3 credits)
  • KIN 868 – Skill Development in Athletes (3 credits)

Psychosocial Cognate: Both of the following courses (6 credits)

  • KIN 855 – Psychosocial Bases of Coaching (3 credits)
  • KIN 849 – Theory and Practice of Modern Sport Leaderships (3 credits)

Legal Safety, and Administration Cognate: Both of the following courses (6 credits)

  • KIN 854 – Legal & Administrative Issues for Coaches and Administrators (3 credits)
  • KIN 829 – Safety and Injury Control (3 credits)

Human Development Cognate: One of the following courses (3 credits)

  • KIN 857 – Promoting Positive Youth Development through Sport (3 credits)
  • KIN 865 – Stages of Athlete Development (3 credits)

Elective Cognate: One of the following courses (3 credits)

  • KIN 815 – Principles of Strength and Conditioning Coaching (3 credits)
  • KIN 859 – Scholastic Athletic Administration (3 credits)
  • KIN 850 – Special Topics in Sport Coaching and Leadership (3 credits, can take up to 9)

Sample Program Plan

Coaching Concentration

  • Summer Semester 1 (May–August)
    • KIN 872 – Coaching Science: Applied Research
    • KIN 829 – Safety & Injury Control
  • Fall Semester 1 (August–December)
    • KIN 855 – Psychosocial Bases of Coaching Athletes
    • KIN 857 – Promoting Positive Youth Development Through Sport
  • Spring Semester 1 (January–May)
    • KIN 868 – Skill Development in Athletes
    • KIN 849 – Theory and Practice of Modern Sport Leadership
    • KIN 852 – Ethics in Sport Coaching and Leadership
  • Summer Semester 2
    • KIN 856 – Physical Bases of Coaching
    • KIN 850 – Special Topics in Sport Coaching and Leadership
  • Fall Semester 2
    • KIN 880 – Coaching and Leadership Practicum
  • Spring Semester 2
    • KIN 896 – Integrative Capstone in Sport Coaching and Leadership

Leadership Concentration

  • Summer Semester 1 (May–August)
    • KIN 872 – Coaching Science: Applied Research
    • KIN 829 – Safety & Injury Control
  • Fall Semester 1 (August–December)
    • KIN 855 – Psychosocial Bases of Coaching Athletes
    • KIN 857 – Promoting Positive Youth Development Through Sport
  • Spring Semester 1 (January–May)
    • KIN 854 – Legal & Administrative Issues for Coaches and Administrators
    • KIN 849 – Theory and Practice of Modern Sport Leadership
  • Summer Semester 2
    • KIN 856 – Physical Bases of Coaching
    • KIN 852 – Ethics in Sport Coaching and Leadership
  • Fall Semester 2
    • KIN 880 – Coaching and Leadership Practicum
    • KIN 859 – Scholastic Athletic Administration
  • Spring Semester 2
    • KIN 896 – Integrative Capstone in Sport Coaching and Leadership

Costs for the Master’s Degree

  • TUITION *
    • $26,925 ($897.50 per credit–hour)
  • BOOKS & SUPPLIES
    • $500
  • 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. Tuition costs may vary from state to state in the USA.

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. You will also need a video camera/webcam to complete course assignments/projects.

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!

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East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
P: (517) 355-1837 F: (517) 353-6393
Email: sped@msu.edu