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Athletic Coaching Education

Ball State University

30 months
656 USD/credit 7872 USD/year
656 USD/credit 7872 USD/year
438 USD/credit 5256 USD/year
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Coaches across the country have one question in common: How can I get a step up on the competition? The answer can be found in the Athletic Coaching Education program of Ball State University. More than a weekend workshop or a noncredit certificate program offering a handful of basic courses, this is a master of arts degree in athletic coaching education.


Taught by faculty who perform on national and international stages of coaching and who have coached Olympians and NCAA champion athletes, the Athletic Coaching Education program of Ball State University is a world-class master’s degree.

Ball State is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. What this means to you is that we have met rigorous academic standards and professionalism that are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and other institutions of higher learning.

Why a Master's Degree in Athletic Coaching?

You Can Do It

But it’s do-able because the program is fully online with absolutely no residency requirement. That means you can earn the degree without leaving your coaching position, and you can complete an internship in your workplace. Since you’ll be taking courses in organization and administration, sport safety and injury prevention, and teaching and motivation, you can take what you learn to practice the next day. Take note also that coaching salaries are seeing a dramatic rise, particularly at the college level, where compensation for coaches in certain sports has escalated in recent years.

Career Opportunities

The good news for those who pace the sidelines and coach their teams to victory is that career opportunities for athletic coaches are expected to rise 20 percent, a much faster rate than other occupations, over the next several years. The prospects look particularly good for coaches with advanced training and experience.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, what is driving the growth in the coaching field?

  • The need to replace the many high school coaches who will retire or transfer will provide the most coaching opportunities. (The best prospects are for those who are state-certified to teach academic subjects.)
  • The increased need, especially at the college level, for coaches in women’s athletics.
  • The demand for private sports instruction is expected to grow as parents encourage their children to pursue fitness and their full potential.
  • The increasing number of retirees who will need instruction as they participate in leisure activities such as golf and tennis.

To find some of the latest job postings in the coaching field at:

  • American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance CareerLink page
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) employment page

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Physical Preparation and Conditioning
  • Growth and Development for Coaches
  • Skills and Tactics for Coaches
  • Evaluation in Coaching
  • Philosophy and Ethics
  • Sport Safety and Injury Prevention

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 30 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH



Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must have a bachelor's degree or higher from an institution recognized by a regional accrediting association.
  • GRE is not required.
  • If you do not meet the admission requirements, you may be considered for admission under probationary status. Information about probationary admission can be found in the Graduate School catalog.
  • Statement of purpose of approximately 1,000 words that relates to the program’s purposes and objectives
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume that includes all of your pertinent coaching experience
  • Supplemental form
  • You will need to complete the supplemental form as part of your online application. You can access supplemental form(s) within your Applicant Status Portal.
  • Transcripts showing your complete academic record. You may submit unofficial transcripts at the time of application. Official transcripts will be requested at the time of admission. Please review our transcript instructions before applying.

Work experience

  • Have at least five years of coaching experience either as an assistant or head coach in an interscholastic, club, competitive, or structured sport venue by completion of the program.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    7872 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 656 USD per credit during 30 months.
  • National

    7872 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 656 USD per credit during 30 months.
  • In-State

    5256 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 438 USD per credit during 30 months.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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