Athletic Coaching Concentration

Concentration Overview

The degree program is designed to meet the needs of full-time students as well as working professionals, including athletic directors, coaches, athletic trainers and sport industry professionals. The program will appeal to individuals involved in the coaching of youth, interscholastic, intercollegiate, and professional athletics, their governing bodies, exercise science, sport psychology and related sport enterprises. Studies leading to this M.Ed. are interdisciplinary, drawing on expertise in sport science, educational theory and research. A thesis option is available.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is open to those applicants who possess a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university. Applicants must submit supporting documents as required for general admission to a graduate program. Please note that at least one academic reference is required and cannot be from the Millersville Sport Management Department. Applicants must possess a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.

Applicants with a 3.0 GPA or higher need only complete the online application and submit the required accompanying documents. Applicants with a cumulative gpa between 2.75 – 2.99 will choose to either take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), or complete a face-to-face interview with a short writing assignment on a topic appropriate to the sport management program. 

Athletic Coaching Curriculum

View all course descriptions on the University's academic catalog that provides detailed information on all academic programs.

I. The Professional Studies Core (9 s.h.)

Choose One:

  • EDFN 601 Research Methods (3)
  • WSSD 612 Research Methods in Sport (3) 
Choose One:
  • PSYC 525 Advanced Developmental Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 526 Advanced Adolescent Psychology (3)
  • EDFN 545 Advanced Educational Psychology (3)
  • PSYC 625 Human Growth and Development (3)
Choose One:
  • EDFN 511 Comparative Education (3)
  • EDFN 590 Social Foundations Education (3)
  • EDFN 603 Philosophy of Education (3)
  • EDFN 604 Education and Public Policy (3)

II. Athletic Coaching Concentration Requirements (18 s.h.)

  • WSSD 601 Organization and Administration of Sport Programs (3)
  • WSSD 602 Sport in American Culture (3)
  • WSSD 603 Moral/Ethic Issues in Sports (3)
  • WSSD 604 Facilities and Event Management (3)
  • WSSD 605 Sport and the Law (3)
  • WSSD 619 Internship (3)

III. Program Electives (9 s.h.)

  • Choose 3 courses

IV. Degree Requirements

Students are required to participate in an internship experience.

V. Degree Candidacy

An evaluation of the student's performance in course work will determine admission to degree candidacy. A student must initiate the degree candidacy after the successful completion of 18 s.h.

VI. Thesis Option (6 s.h.)

Thesis Option (results in 39 s.h. total)

  • WSSD 698 Research Proposal (3)
  • WSSD 699 Thesis (3)