M.A. Coaching Sport Performance

Program description

Program highlights

  • 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. in Coaching Sport Performance program is to prepare students for successful coaching careers at all levels of sporting competition including: youth, interscholastic, intercollegiate, Olympic, para-Olympic or professional.

Allcia Smith coachingThe high-quality curriculum that has been accredited at the highest level by the NCACE is based on 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:

  • Evaluation
  • Growth and development
  • Organization and administration
  • Philosophy and ethics
  • Physical conditioning
  • Safety and injury prevention
  • Sports skills and tactics
  • Teaching and communication

The program can be completed in 4 semesters* (16 months)

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.

Rolling admissions

Students have a choice to start with the program in either fall or spring semesters.

Program course descriptions 

Course offerings schedule by semester

Please note: each student should individualize their course schedule based on their needs while making progress towards the degree in a timely manner.


We are one of the two colleges in the country that are accredited at the highest level (level 5) by the National Committee 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.

Admission requirements

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.

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Application deadlines

  • For fall semester: May 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.

Admission decisions

Once your application is complete it will be reviewed, and you will be notified by letter of the decision for admission.


Graduate assistantships

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 credit hours per semester) during the appointment as a graduate assistant.

To apply for a graduate teaching assistantship

  1. Complete the application form;
  2. Submit three letters of recommendation. If the graduate program requires letters of recommendation, these same letters may be used;
  3. 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

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