An Online Master's Degree For Applied Sport Coaching

The Sport 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.

Program Objectives Include...

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

An NCACE Accredited Program

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

Coaching Excellence and Career Opportunities

The coaching profession is expected to experience double-digit growth over the next decade. The UNC Sport 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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This is a 30-credit-hour Master of Arts degree. Because of our innovative program design, you will be able to focus on one course at a time for much of the program.

  • All courses are completed online, with many incorporating video analysis software and recorded video presentations into the course content.
  • You can choose (along with your advisor) the focus of your internship work in year two.
  • Before the program begins, there is a short online orientation course to prepare you for success in the program.

Courses by Term

To see a typical list of courses by term, visit an example Current Students page for this program.


Comprehensive Exam

All students in this online program will take a written comprehensive examination in place of the portfolio requirement that is listed in the catalog.


For full details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.

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What Our Students Say...

The Sports Coaching MA 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

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