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M.S. in Coaching and Athletic Administration: Curriculum

Curriculum Details

33 Total Credits Required

The online M.S. in Coaching and Athletic Administration requires 33 credit hours of coursework. You’ll study athlete scouting and recruitment, coaching principles and athlete motivation, and sport-specific nutrition and training programs.

The master’s in coaching and athletic administration online program can be completed in 5.5 semesters, although your transfer credits and general education coursework will vary the time it takes you to finish.

Required Courses


This course introduces students to theories, models, and practices of coaching as well as coaching principles and practice and how they contribute to effective coaching. Students will explore the context of coaching within the broader professions of team sports and one-on-one training.

This course familiarizes students with the scientific principles of comparative movement analysis. The students are introduced to the underlying physiological and bio-mechanical principles behind foundational training principles and how they can influence training and program design.

This course provides insight as to what it takes to identify, qualify, and recruit prospects for a sport team. Students will examine effective recruiting operations from identifying prospects to recruiting players while maintaining compliance with rules and regulations.

This course examines the various research methodologies used in organizational settings. It provides an overview of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies including research design, data collection and analysis, interviewing, case studies, and action science. The philosophy, ethics, and politics of management research are introduced.

This course explores the ethical and sociological issues in sport and recreation settings. Students will critically analyze problems and issues from an ethical and sociological perspective. Students will further examine contemporary case studies to think reflectively about the topics presented in the course in relation to present life experiences and future plans.

This course examines the integration of thought processes with the human body to produce skilled motor performance. Theoretical perspectives and mechanisms of motor behavior are examined and applied to significant systems involving gross motor learning and control in sport and exercise.

Psychology of sport and its applications for performance enhancement are examined. Special attention is given to theory and techniques for developing and refining psychological skills to enhance performance in the exercise science industry. Psychological aspects of exercise-related injury will also be explored within this course.

This course focuses on the integration of nutrition with molecular and cellular biochemistry of metabolism. Major topics discussed in this course include the metabolic effects of diet composition, the interactions of macronutrients, and dietary modifications and their associated impact upon performance.

The capstone course provides the sport professional with the opportunity to synthesize the learning which has taken place throughout the program. It further focuses upon the practical application of knowledge within the industry. The capstone will serve as an assessment of student learning within the Master of Arts in Sport Management and Master of Science in Coaching and Athletic Administration.

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Different theories of leadership and management styles are introduced and what their impact is on organizational structure, productivity, and decision making. Students will examine their individual management and leadership styles as they relate to sport management administration. This course will analyze how leadership is not only different from management but also more effective in today’s workplace.

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Sales is an essential revenue producing function for any commercial organization. Sport and recreations have a unique marketing relationship of product and inventory with the consumer and marketplace. The course is designed for the student to learn the theoretical concepts and the application of skills and practices associated with the sports sales process. Through readings and lectures, the course will examine the rationale regarding the benefits and disadvantages of various sales and promotional methodologies. This course will then concentrate on promotional and sales strategies, campaigns, and techniques.

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