Master of Arts
- Nationally recognized program - accredited at the highest level by the National Committee for Accreditation of Coaching Education
- High quality coaching education curriculum - based on National Standards for Sport Coaches
- 100% online program
- Flexibility in program completion at your own pace
- Rolling admissions
- No GRE requirement
- Best bang for the buck
- Opportunities for scholarships and graduate assistantships
The M.A. in Sports Coaching is a nationally recognized program in quality coaching education. The program's high quality curriculum has been accredited at the highest level by the National Committee for Accreditation of Coaching Education (NCACE) and is based on the National Standards for Sport Coaches that represent a core body of knowledge, skills and competencies that coaches should possess to prepare them to excel at all levels of competition.
Why you should apply to M.A. Sports Coaching:
An elite program for coaches
The M.A. in Sports Coaching is one of the few master's programs in the United States that has been accredited at the highest level (level 5) by the National Committee for Accreditation of Coaching Education. The program's high quality curriculum is based the the National Standards for Sport Coaches that provide guidelines for preparing students to excel at all levels of coaching.
100% 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.
Flexibility in program completion at student's own pace
The curriculum contains 36 semester hours of course work in 11 three-credit-hour didactic courses and two credit hours for practicum experience. Students have the flexibility to complete the program in up to six years.
Students have a choice to start with the program in either fall or spring semesters.
No GRE requirement
The GRE is not required for admission.
"Best bang for the buck"
Washington Monthly placed WMU on a list of national universities that offer "the best bang for the buck." WMU came in at No. 50 based on the economic value students receive per dollar.
Donald M. Jackson Memorial Endowed Scholarship in Coaching Sport Performance
Graduate students in sports coaching program are eligible to apply.
Opportunities for funding through Graduate Assistantships**
Graduate assistantships are available through the:
(1) Department of Human Performance and Health Education Department,
(2) Campus Recreation, and
**Note: Graduate assistantships are not guaranteed and are dependent on availability. Students are responsible for inquiring about graduate assistantship openings in each respective department.
Learn more about the graduate assistantship in the Department of Human Performance and Health Education Department.
Employer tuition reimbursement
If your employer has a tuition reimbursement program, find out about WMU’s deferment program for employer paid tuition.
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 and summer semesters: 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, Ming Li, Yuanlong Liu, Michael Miller, Renea Peruski and Carol Weidman