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Sport Coaching, Leadership, and Administration

Sport Coaching, Leadership, and Administration Graduate Programs

If you are a current or aspiring coach, athletic director, sport administrator, or leader in a sport-related field, the Sport Coaching, Leadership, and Administration graduate programs can enhance your professional knowledge and skills and help you take the next step in your career.

We currently offer three fully online graduate programs: a 10-credit Graduate Certificate, a 13-credit Graduate Certificate, and a 30-credit Master of Science


Our graduate programs are offered completely online with no requirements to visit campus, giving you flexibility to complete your coursework in your own context. Our courses use high-quality video lectures designed for sport practitioners, and instructors make use of connective technologies like Zoom to meet with students. We are not a newcomer to the online learning world. We have offered online graduate courses in sport coaching and leadership since 2003. Our program falls under the MSU College of Education, where our online master’s degree programs in education are continually ranked among the best in the country.


Projects and coursework in our graduate programs are aimed at affecting change by equipping students with skills for real world settings. With a Big Ten Quality education, you will develop skills to engage in critical thought and leadership on complex, interdisciplinary problems.


The courses you take in the Sport Coaching, Leadership, and Administration program are taught by experts in their fields, who share the most current evidence-based principles from kinesiology, sport science, leadership, and management. We will prepare you to take on the biggest challenges of the sport environment today and into the future. Our instructors take special care to design learning activities that will help you to apply the science of coaching, leadership, and administration to your every-day work as the leader of a sport program.


A key goal of our program is to contribute to a diverse and inclusive sport workforce. As society undergoes substantial demographic shifts, sport leaders will have to ensure that they are creating spaces that are welcome and that encourage everyone – athletes, parents, officials, staff and administrators – to embrace their full selves. In our role of educating future sport leaders, we have purposefully infused principles of diversity, equity and inclusion across our curriculum in order to ensure that they have the necessary skills and cultural competence required to work with all sport stakeholders. We are proud that our student population is diverse and represents many backgrounds and life experiences, and we are committed to fostering an environment that continues to welcome new students with different identities and allows them to thrive. 

What do our programs provide?


A master’s degree in Sport Coaching, Leadership, and Administration sets you apart from your peers. It shows employers that you have attained the most current knowledge and skills, and it demonstrates your commitment to continual professional development and improvement.


Graduates of our program will receive a master’s degree from a world-class Big Ten university. Students are taught by expert instructors, including faculty members in the renowned Institute for the Study of Youth Sports in the MSU Department of Kinesiology. Guest lectures from sport leaders from across the world complement the learning experience.


A network of like-minded colleagues is critical for advancing in the sport professions. Our program provides ample opportunities to build your coaching network, with participation in our on-campus Summer Coaches’ School and other on-campus engagement events.