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M.S. Concentration in Coaching

The master's degree concentration in coaching is designed for individuals who are preparing for coaching careers in intercollegiate, interscholastic, community, and professional sport programs.  Internships are available at local high schools, within the university athletic department, and other sports-related organizations and agencies.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete all MSU and KIN requirements for the M.S. degree, including KIN 871-research methods, area of concentration, breadth requirement, and capstone (thesis, project, internship, or courses-only with certifying exam). The exact program of study is specified in an individual program plan approved by the student's guidance committee. Typical courses in the coaching concentration include:

  • KIN 853 - Athletic Administration in Higher Education (3 credits)
  • KIN 854 - Sport Law for Administrators and Coaches (3 credits)
  • KIN 855 - Psychosocial Bases of Coaching (3 credits)
    or - KIN 401 Principles of Coaching II (4 credits)
  • KIN 856 - Physical Bases of Coaching (3 credits)
    or - KIN 400 Principles of Coaching I (4 credits)
  • KIN 482 - Ethics in Athletics in Higher Education (2 credits)
  • KIN 858 - Issues and Techniques in Student-Athlete Development (3 credits)
  • KIN 890 - Independent Study in Kinesiology (1-6 credits)
  • KIN 894 - Field Experiences in Kinesiology (1-6 credits)

Students in the coaching concentration often complete field experiences or internships with youth, high school, or collegiate sports teams as part of their program of study. Consult the Academic Programs and Description of Courses catalogs for a full listing of academic programs and courses.


Expectations of KIN master's degree students are individualized because of the different concentrations offered within the department and the students' various educational goals. Commonalities in expectations of master's degree students include: (a) professional growth and involvement; (b) demonstrated ability to teach within the context of the student's chosen field; and (c) knowledge and skill as a consumer of research. Students who intend to pursue doctoral study or research careers are also expected to develop ability to plan, conduct, and disseminate research. Departmental expectations related to that goal are described in Expectations of M.S. Students, and related learning experiences are described in Professional Development Opportunities. These expectations are individualized for students during advising and guidance committee meetings.


Graduate Studies Secretary
Department of Kinesiology
27J IM Sports Circle
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1049
Phone: (517) 355-4736
Fax: (517) 355-1689

Contact Information

Dr. Dan Gould is the coordinator of the coaching concentration. Please contact him for additional information. Based upon your interests and academic needs, he may refer you to other KIN faculty members. 

Dr. Dan Gould
Department of Kinesiology
210 IM Sports Circle
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1049
Phone: (517) 432-0175
Fax: (517) 353-5363