Master's Degree in Athletic Coaching Education

Preview the program

Request a full video featuring an interview about our master’s in athletic coaching education with Dr. Larry Judge, professor and advisor of the graduate athletic coaching education program. The video link will be sent to your e-mail immediately.

Andrea McMurtry
“I love teaching because it gives me the opportunity to share my passion for health and physical education with young people,” says Andrea McMurtry, who pursued her passion through Ball State’s master’s degree in coaching education. Read her story.

Coaches across the country have one question in common: How can I get a step up on the competition?

The answer can be found in Ball State University’s online graduate program in athletic coaching education. More than a weekend workshop or a noncredit certificate program offering a handful of basic courses, this is a master’s degree in physical education and sport with a coaching specialization.

Taught by faculty who perform on national and international stages of coaching and who have coached Olympians and NCAA champion athletes, Ball State’s program is a world-class master’s degree.

You Can Do It

But it’s do-able because the program is fully online with absolutely no residency requirement. That means you can earn the degree without leaving your coaching position, and you can complete an internship in your workplace.

Since you’ll be taking courses in organization and administration, sport safety and injury prevention, and teaching and motivation, you can take what you learn to practice the next day.

Take note also that coaching salaries are seeing a dramatic rise, particularly at the college level, where compensation for coaches in certain sports has escalated in recent years.

And Consider This:

  • We have the experience. In 2002, we were the first athletic coaching education program in the country to go online.
  • Our faculty members are published authors, active researchers, and recognized authorities in their athletic areas.
  • Taking just two classes per semester, you can finish in five semesters.
  • Our class sizes—usually in a range of 12 to 20 students—make individual instruction and maximum interaction possible.
  • You’ll study with classmates who are coaching in youth leagues, high schools, and colleges throughout the country.
  • Alumni of our program are coaching across the country, including the Big 10, the Mid-American Conference, and the Missouri Valley Conference.
  • The job market for coaches is expected to grow by 29 percent through 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
  • Our curriculum is based on the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) National Standards for Sports Coaches, emphasizing the eight domains of coaching for building elite athletes and winning teams.
  • New cohorts begin each spring and summer.
  • We offer an all online license in physical education with a coaching specialization, and the licensure courses can be applied to the master's in coaching education. Please note the master's degree does not lead to an initial teaching license. You will need to take additional courses to attain a license.
  • No GRE required.

Mode of Delivery

This program is offered completely online.

Academic Advisor

Dr. Larry Judge
Professor of Kinesiology and Associate Chair, School of Kinesiology

Your Next Steps

Learn more about the courses you will take and how to apply.

Ball State is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. What this means to you is that we have met rigorous academic standards and professionalism that are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and other institutions of higher learning.

Online and Distance Education
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Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

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