- Accredited at the highest level by the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education
- Quality curriculum based on national standards for sport coaches
- Complete at your own pace
- Rolling admissions
- No GRE requirement
The primary mission of the M.A. Coaching Sport Performance is to prepare students for successful coaching careers at all levels of sporting competition including: youth, interscholastic, intercollegiate, Olympic, para-Olympic or professional.
The high quality curriculum that has been accredited at the highest level by the NCACE is based on the "The eight domains of coaching" from the National Standards for Sport Coaches. It represents a core body of knowledge that captures the scientific and practical competencies expected of coaches at all levels. The standards include:
- Growth and development
- Organization and administration
- Philosophy and ethics
- Physical conditioning
- Safety and injury prevention
- Sports skills and tactics
- Teaching and communication
The curriculum contains 36 semester hours of course work in 11 three credit-hour didactic courses and two credit hours for practicum experience that can be completed in 16 months. However, you have up to six years to complete the program. *Can be completed in 4 semesters dependent on summer enrollment and summer class availability.
Flexibility of an online program
The program is being converted to an online deliverable format to respond to the needs of full-time coaching professionals. The program, built upon the existing on-campus program, is designed specifically for those practicing coaching professionals who intend to further their academic studies while keeping their full-time jobs.
Students have a choice to start with the program in either fall, spring or summer semesters.
Suggested course schedule
|Fall First Year||Title||Credits|
|HPHE 6350||Principles and Practice of Effective Coaching||3|
|HPHE 6660||Governance and Administration of Sport||3|
|HPHE 6900||Research Procedures in Human Performance and Health Education||3|
|Spring First Year||Title||Credits|
|HPHE 6440||Program Evaluation in Sport and Physical Activity||3|
|HPHE 6920||Analytical Techniques in Human Performance and Health Education||3|
|HPHE 6310||Skill Acquisition and Human Performance||3|
|Summer First Year||Title||Credits|
|HPHE 6910||Psychological Preparation and Mental Training for Sport and Physical Activity||3|
|HPHE 6930||Sociology of Sport and Psychical Activity||3|
|HPHE 6349||Sport Safety and Injury Management for Coaches||3|
|Fall Second Year||Title||Credits|
|HPHE 6360||Principles of Sport Nutrition and Energy Systems||3|
|HPHE 6320||Theories of Strength and Conditioning||3|
|HPHE 6300||Professional Development Seminar||1*|
|HPHE 7120||Professional Field Experience||2**|
|*can be taken any time after the first semester
**taken at the end of the program after the completion of all didatic courses
We are one of the two colleges in the country that are accredited at the highest level (Level 5) by the National Council for Accreditation of Coaching Education. This means that the Master of Arts in coaching sport performance is a leader in quality coaching education by meeting the standards to prepare students to become master coaches at all levels of sporting competition including: youth, interscholastic, intercollegiate, Olympic, para-Olympic or professional.
WMU has a new online graduate application system that allows all students (domestic and international) to submit required information into one system. General application information for the University, as well as specific requirements for individual programs, are captured into this system.
- For fall semester: Aug. 1
- For summer semester: April 1
- For spring semester: Dec. 1
All application materials must be received by the dates listed. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed for possible admissions.
Once your application is complete it will be reviewed and you will be notified by letter of the decision for admission.
- Zeljka Vidic, Program coordinator
- Suzan Ayers, Jody Brylinsky, Ming Li, Yuanlong Liu, Michael Miller, Renea Peruski and Carol Weidman
In order to be eligible for a graduate teaching assistantship an applicant must be accepted into a graduate program offered in the Department of Human Performance and Health Education. Students must be enrolled full-time (minimum six credits per semester) during the appointment as a graduate assistant.
To apply for a graduate teaching assistantship
- Complete the application form;
- Submit three letters of recommendation. If the graduate program requires letters of recommendation these same letters may be used;
- Submit a copy of your resume/CV.
Please submit all documents by March 6, 2018 to:
Dr. Yuanlong Liu
Department of Human Performance and Health Education
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5426 USA
- Donald M. Jackson Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Coaching Sport Performance
Graduate students in coaching sport performance program are eligible.