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Coaching and Sport Education, MS

The Master of Science in Coaching and Sport Education is designed for professional learners interested in further developing their technical skills and enriching their capacity to support athletes in high-performance settings.

The program is the ideal fit for those looking to better understand the demands of sport coaching and the factors that influence peak athlete performance in individual and team sports.

The curriculum incorporates a unique balance of theoretical and applied courses that are designed to meet the needs of coaches in today’s dynamic sport industry. Delivered on campus, this 36-credit hour program provides access to hands-on learning experiences in a variety of world-class facilities including classrooms, research labs, sport training complexes and athletic stadiums/arenas.

Your Degree Plan

Intro

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Coaching and Sport Education students personalize their program to achieve desired career outcomes with areas of emphasis in Leadership, Sport Science and Technology and Sport Management.

Tailor this major to your interests by focusing your coursework in one of these areas:

  • Leadership

    This area of emphasis is an ideal choice if you have an interest in coach development and education. This specialization highlights emerging issues in organizational leadership. The related course content addresses leadership theory, advanced problems and workplace application.

  • Sport Science and Technology

    For those students looking to work in the growing field of sport science and technology, this area of emphasis is the perfect fit. It affords you the option to select from a range of elective courses in strength and conditioning, sport technology and sport science data collection and analysis.

  • Sport Management

    If you are looking to further diversify your career options to include possible pathways in sport administration or management, consider this area of emphasis. It seeks to prepare coaching professionals to assume a broader range of management responsibilities in sport organizations by incorporating coursework in marketing, finance, fundraising, publicity and governance.

Take advantage of special options related to this major:

  • Honors

    Expand your curiosity — and enhance your curriculum — through the WVU Honors College. Two programs are offered: Honors Foundations for first- and second-year students and Honors EXCEL for third- and fourth-year students.

    Explore Honors

The WVU Difference

What sets this program apart from its competitors?

Rankings
  • Ranked
    3rd
    Best Master's Degree in Coaching (CollegeChoice.com)
  • Three specialized areas of emphasis in Leadership, Sport Science and Technology and Sport Management.
  • Faculty have extensive experiences with coaches and coaching youth, interscholastic, intercollegiate, national, international and professional athletes.
  • Graduate assistants gain experience in athletic coaching, strength and conditioning, applied sport science, campus recreation, coaching and physical education.
  • Center for Applied Coaching and Sport Sciences connects theory and science-based concepts with professional practice through local and national-level projects.

Learn by Doing

Learning happens outside the classroom. Get involved.

Research
Common research areas for students in this program:

  • Designing, implementing and evaluating strength and conditioning programs for athletes
  • Using evidence-based coaching and instructional strategies in practice and game situations
  • Supporting athlete development
  • Long term athletic development
  • Effective coaching skills and strategies to support athlete development
  • Teaching and leadership skill development
  • Holistic sport design
  • Building sport IQ and developing expertise
  • Program and individual development assessment and evaluation

Academic Opportunities

  • Coaching and team evaluation.
    The MS in Coaching and Sport Education is a non-thesis degree; instead, you learn to collect and analyze data to facilitate beneficial coaching outcomes. We place emphasis on the use of research-informed approaches and data-based decision-making in coaching. You will also reflect on the strengths and limitations of your current coaching beliefs and systems as a basis for continual personal improvement.
  • Application of theory to professional practice.
    Across your plan of study, you will apply concepts and skills learned to your own coaching. This emphasis on practical application will take on various forms and culminate in your applied professional development capstone project. The ultimate measure of your learning remains its positive impact on both your coaching effectiveness and the sport experience of the athletes and teams you lead.

  • Community sport programs - recreation and travel/select programs (Mountaineer United Soccer Club, Mountaineer Hockey Association)
  • Youth development programs (BOPARC, Mylan)
  • Friday program opportunities (Stepping Stones)
  • Community sport events (Youth Sport Day with WVU Athletics)
  • Sport organizations (USOPC, USA Lacrosse, USADA)
  • WVU Athletics (e.g., coaching, strength and conditioning, sport science)
  • WVU Student Recreation Center
  • University Advising Center
  • Teaching Assistantships in the College’s Basic Instruction Program (BIP)

Attending college will prepare you for many things. The Coaching and Sport Education major will give you the following skills:

  • Teaching skills
  • Athlete monitoring and sport science application to training design
  • Leadership skills
  • Sports administration skills
  • Interpersonal skills to support effective communication
  • Intrapersonal skills associated with critical thinking and professional reflection for long term development in the field
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What you learn outside of the classroom is just as important as what you learn during class. We’ll help you follow your curiosity.

Meet Your Community

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Places and Spaces

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Center for Applied Coaching and Sport Sciences

  • Independent study opportunities are available with the Center for Applied Coaching and Sport Sciences project. (Honors projects encouraged)
  • Join Center research projects with faculty and fellow students.
  • Get involved in Center's community-based sport activities.
  • Support sport coaching resource development (infographics, educational video creation).
  • Attend Center supported guest lectures and learning opportunities.
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Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission into a graduate program at WVU an applicant must submit official, bachelor's degree transcripts from a regionally accredited institution and hold a GPA of at least 2.75. WVU operates decentralized admissions. Decentralized admissions allows each graduate program to set its own application requirements in addition to the University requirements.

  • To be considered for admission, applicants must upload the following documentation within the graduate application:

    • Résumé: including coaching background, sport participation, sport-related awards and employment and/or experience (e.g., athletic administration, officiating, volunteering)
    • Personal Statement: 1-2 written pages on professional goals and reasons for seeking admission
    • Letters of recommendation (2)

    You will not be able to submit your application until the above documents are uploaded. Once the application is submitted and (unofficial/official) transcripts are received, your application will be reviewed for an admission decision. International applicants will not be reviewed with unofficial transcripts. Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (4-point scale) for regular admission.

    Applicants with a GPA below 2.75 may be admitted as a provisional graduate student. Once admitted provisionally, students are required to achieve a 3.0 GPA in their first 9-hours of graduate coursework to be reclassified as regular status and remain in the program.

    Please contact the Office of Student Success at 304-293-4800 for more information about the application process.

    Additional program admission information

    Apply by December 1 for priority consideration. Applications that are incomplete or are submitted after the deadline may be reviewed if openings remain. Admission is limited to fall start only.

    Applicants are encouraged to submit their application with unofficial transcripts from all previously attended institutions. Submitting unofficial transcripts speeds up the application review process as most graduate programs make admission decisions using unofficial transcripts.

    If you are offered acceptance, you are required to submit official transcripts from all previously attended institutions to be fully admitted into your intended graduate program. You will not be able to register for classes until the official transcripts are received. The preferred method to submit your official transcripts is through a secure online service, such as eScript, The National Clearing House or Parchment, to graduateadmissions@mail.wvu.edu.

    Alternatively, if you are unable to submit an electronic version of your official transcript, the physical, sealed, un-tampered with documents can be mailed to:

    WVU Graduate Admissions, PO Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26501

    OR

    WVU Graduate Admissions, 1 Waterfront Place, 2nd Floor, Morgantown, WV 26505

    Directions for submitting international official transcripts.

    International applicants must submit proof of English language proficiency.

    Review Process

    Program faculty will evaluate applicant credentials based on the materials submitted. Applicants who are determined to lack an adequate academic background in the kinesiology based on their transcripts, could be required to remediate any identified deficiencies as a precondition of their enrollment in the program.

  • Application Deadlines

    Each graduate program sets their own terms for admission and application deadlines. Applicants can only apply for admission for the terms displayed below. Any questions regarding the application deadline should be directed to the graduate program representative.

    • Fall: December 1

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