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Sports Coaching MA

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An Online Master's Degree For Applied Sports Coaching

The Sports Coaching Master of Arts degree is designed to enhance your coaching knowledge and expertise, and to advance your existing coaching practices through evaluation and application of current research. One of very few online graduate coaching degrees in the country, this innovative program combines academic knowledge with applied practice and the latest technology. You can begin this program any academic term.

Online courses allow you to fit this degree into your busy schedule. Whether you are a teacher interested or involved in athletic coaching, or you're a coach in any other capacity, this program will advance your knowledge and skill in all facets of coaching. The principles covered in this degree apply to all coaching endeavors and are not specific to any one sport.

An NCACE Accredited Program

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This Sports Coaching master's program has received Level 5 comprehensive accreditation from the National Committee for Accreditation of Coaching Education. UNC is one of only six universities that now hold Level 5 accreditation.

Program objectives include:

  • Sport Pedagogy (Teaching)
  • Injury Prevention
  • Sport Psychology
  • Training and Conditioning Principles
  • International Coaching Perspectives
  • Applied Coaching Research

Coaching Excellence and Career Opportunities

The coaching profession is expected to experience double-digit growth over the next decade. The UNC Sports Coaching online master's was developed in response to this growing demand for high expertise in the field of coaching. Advance your career interests and become a world-class coach who develops high-performing athletes and teams.

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Credits Required:
Time to Completion:
5 terms (18 months)
$565/credit hour

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Program Coordinator:

Scott Douglas, PhD, CAPE


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What Students Say

“The Sport's Coaching, M.A. program at the UNC provided me with 21st Century skills that not only make me a better coach but a better teacher.

The coursework challenged traditional notions about coaching, and reinvigorated my appreciation of the power that coaches have on the overall development of the whole athlete. Each course within the program presented material and knowledge that I can directly apply to my athletes.

Plain and simple, the program  transformed my coaching from average to excellent because I have skills, knowledge, and purpose behind my instruction.”

– Chad Shaw, Eaton HS, program graduate