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Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited undergraduate institution.
  • Be an active coach (employed or actively volunteering) or have at least one year of experience, giving you the important knowledge needed to construct your research project.
  • A minimum grade point average of at least 3.0/4.0 in the last 60 credits hours of undergraduate work.
  • Complete and submit the program application.
  • Submit an up-to-date resume.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation.
  • Complete and submit a writing sample based on the following prompt:

Please provide an overview of your coaching or sports administration experience in your school (or your involvement in a charity, not-for-profit, church or sports organization) and identify one or two coaching or organization challenges significant enough to be the focus of your research project. (1,000 word minimum.)

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Completion Time:

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Career Opportunities

Sports coaching is a fast-growing profession with strong competition at the college and professional levels. Our online coaching master’s degree gives you a competitive edge in the job market and the educational foundation to increase your pay grade.

Coaching career stats

  • In 2017, the annual mean wage for coaches and scouts in Illinois was $38,160.*
  • Employment of coaches and scouts is expected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.*

Coaching career examples

  • High school coach
  • University coach
  • Private sports instructor
  • Scout
* Source: United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

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