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Coaching and Sport Education, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #401 (ARWU) , WV,
Using the long-term athlete development model as a framework, this master's degree provides a strong foundation of the science of coaching with multiple and varied practical experiences, through the Lab, volunteering, or formal internships.


This degree is for those who want to coach athletes at highly competitive levels and/or who are interested in coaching education and the preparation of coaches.

Students complete 39 credit hours over five semesters (fall, spring, summer, fall, and spring) with 24 hours of core classes and then students select one of two tracks for the remainder of the courses (15 hours) depending on their career goals. The tracks (or areas of emphasis) are:

  • Performance Coaching which focuses on coaching collegiate or individuals at the elite level; selected courses focus on evaluating one’s coaching methods.
  • Science of Coaching which emphasizes coaching education and the preparation of coaches; students will complete a research project or thesis depending upon the level of specialization on a given topic.
The goal of the program is for students to graduate with the essential skills and knowledge to work with athletes in a variety of contexts across their lifetime.
  • Content Knowledge – Students will demonstrate knowledge and disciplinary concepts related to the pedagogy of sport coaching.
  • Reflection and Critical Thinking – Students will demonstrate reflection and critical thinking in order to refine professional practice.
  • Programming and Assessment – Students will demonstrate evidence-based knowledge and skills (and best practices) for assessing students needs and for designing, implementing, and evaluating practice plans and programs.
  • Professionalism and Ethics – Students will demonstrate professional behaviors, including commitment to excellence, valuing diversity and collaboration, service to others, and techniques for lifelong learning.
  • Technology – Students will be able to demonstrate the use of different forms of technology to assess skills and provide meaningful feedback.
Career Profile

This degree is for those who want to coach athletes at highly competitive levels and/or who are interested in coaching education and the preparation of coaches.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Training Theories for Coaches
  • Coaching Education Administration
  • Create Healthy Competitive Environments
  • Sport Movement Analysis
  • Coaching Techniques
  • Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity
  • Legal Issues in Sport Administration

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    39 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

The following criteria are used to evaluate applications for admission to the ACE master’s programs:

  • Undergraduate degree grade point average (2.75 minimum for regular status) from an approved institution
  • Minimum of two references (three references preferred)
  • Resume emphasizing your coaching/sport experiences
  • Professional goal statement (one to two pages on professional background, goals, and reasons for pursuing the master’s degree)

Note: Students who do not meet the 2.75 grade point average requirement may be admitted as a provisional graduate student only if their GPA is between 2.50 and 2.75. If a student is admitted as a provisional student they are required to attain a 3.0 GPA in their first 12 hours of adviser approved course work in order to remain in the program and to be reclassified as a regular graduate student.

Applications must be submitted ONLINE to the WVU Admissions Office along with your official undergraduate transcripts. Apply online at the WVU Admissions website Incomplete applications (those without all required materials and documentation) will not be accepted.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    23238 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 23238 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    9000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Morgantown

  • 775 - 1290 USD/month
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