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Master of Science (MS) Degree in Sport Coaching Leadership

Drexel University School of Education

What is a Master's In Sport Coaching Leadership? 

Whether​ ​you’re​ ​a​ ​professional​ ​athlete​ ​looking​ ​for​ ​your​ ​next​ ​career​ ​move​ ​in​ ​sports,​ ​or a​ ​educator​ ​interested​ ​in​ ​athletics​ ​training,​ ​Drexel​ ​University​ ​takes​ ​graduate​ ​students off​ ​the​ ​bench​ ​and​ ​into​ ​the​ ​game​ ​with​ ​unique​ ​graduate​ ​program​ ​offerings.​ Through our innovative Master’s in Sport Coaching Leadership, students learn how to motivate and inspire athletes to achieve greatness along with the knowledge needed to operate a successful athletic program.

​Students interested​ ​in​ ​earning​ ​a​ ​Master​ ​of​ ​Science​ ​degree​ ​(MS)​ ​in​ ​Sport​ ​Coaching​ ​Leadership can​ ​specialize​ ​in​ ​the​ ​following​ ​areas:

  • Coaching​ ​theory
  • Developing​ ​a​ ​sports​ ​program
  • Goal–setting
  • Recruiting,​ ​budgeting
  • Forecasting
  • NCAA​ ​compliance

Pursuing​ ​a​ ​Master’s​ ​in​ ​Sport​ ​Coaching Leadership​ ​will​ ​not​ ​only​ ​grow​ ​your​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​be​ ​a leader​ ​and​ ​communicate​ ​effectively​ ​with​ ​parents​ ​and​ ​athletes​ ​alike,​ ​but​ ​also​ ​make you​ ​an​ ​asset​ ​to​ ​the​ ​athletic​ ​community.​ ​Enhance​ ​your​ ​skills​ ​today​ ​by​ ​applying​ ​to receive​ ​your​ ​sports​ ​coaching​ ​degree​ ​from​ ​Drexel.

What​ ​Can​ ​You​ ​Do​ ​with​ ​a​ ​Master's​ ​in​ ​Sport​ ​Coaching Leadership?

Trainers​ ​at​ ​any​ ​level​ ​of​ ​their​ ​career​ ​will​ ​benefit​ ​from​ obtaining​ ​their​ ​masters​ ​in coaching.​ ​Coaches​ ​at​ ​the​ ​youth,​ ​scholastic,​ ​club,​ ​collegiate,​ ​Olympic,​ ​and professional​ ​levels​ ​can​ ​customize​ ​their​ ​course​ ​deliverables​ ​to​ ​their​ ​level​ ​and​ ​sport(s) of​ ​interest.​ ​Offered​ ​fully​ ​online,​ ​the​ master’s​ ​in​ ​sport coaching leadership ​is​ ​ideal​ ​for coaches​ ​with​ ​a​ ​busy​ ​schedule.

With​ ​a​ ​master’s​ ​degree​ ​(MS)​ ​in​ ​Sport Coaching Leadership,​ ​graduates​ ​will​ ​be​ ​prepared​ ​for a​ ​number​ ​of​ ​job​ ​opportunities​ ​at​ ​any​ ​level​ ​of​ ​coaching.​ ​Upon​ ​graduating,​ ​graduate students​ ​will​ ​be​ ​uniquely​ ​qualified​ ​for​ ​leadership​ ​positions​ ​such​ ​as:

  • Assistant​ ​Coach
  • Head​ ​Coach
  • Director​ ​of​ ​Operations
  • Director​ ​of​ ​Recruiting
  • Recruiting​ ​Coordinator
  • Coaching​ ​Manager

Do​ ​not​ ​spend​ ​another​ ​day​ ​waiting​ ​on​ ​the​ ​sidelines​ ​for​ ​the​ ​leadership​ ​position​ ​you desire.​ ​Make​ ​it​ ​a​ ​reality​ ​by​ ​applying​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Master’s​ ​in​ ​Coaching​ ​and​ ​Athletic Administration​ ​program​ ​today!

What is the Job Outlook for Sport Coaching?

The MS in Sport Coaching Leadership program prepares you for several growing careers in athletics. Positions include:


Projected Growth


Athletes and Sports Competitors  36%
Umpires, Referees, and Other Sports Officials  32% 
Coaches and Scouts  20%
Fitness Trainers and Instructors  19%
Athletic Trainers  17%

Sport​ ​Coaching​ ​Leadership​ ​Master’s ​Program Options

Coaches​ ​frequently​ ​cite​ ​hectic,​ ​constantly​ ​changing​ ​schedules​ ​as​ ​a​ ​barrier​ ​to​ getting a​ ​master’s​ ​in​ ​sport coaching leadership​.​ ​Students​ ​at​ ​Drexel​ ​School​ ​of​ ​Education​ ​benefit from​ ​expert​ ​instruction​ ​in​ ​an​ ​online​ ​environment,​ with​ ​only​ ​one​ ​residency​ ​week​ ​of synchronous​ ​meeting​ ​time​ ​during​ ​the​ ​program,​ ​an​ ​experience​ ​of​ ​a​ ​lifetime​ ​visiting​ ​an international​ ​school​.​ ​Students​ ​will​ be​ ​able​ ​to​ ​engage​ ​in​ ​sport​ ​coaching​ ​courses​ ​with leading​ experts​ ​in​ ​their​ ​field​ ​without​ ​having​ ​to​ ​modify​ ​work​ ​schedules.

Currently​, ​this​ coaching and leadership ​program​ ​is​ ​offered​ ​in​ ​June​ ​of​ ​each​ ​year​,​ ​with​ ​students​ ​participating during​ ​the​ first​ ​year​ ​of​ ​their​ ​plan​ ​of​ ​study.​ ​The​ ​goal​ ​of​ ​this​ ​residency​ ​program​ ​is​ ​to bring​ ​students​ ​together​ ​to​ ​learn​ ​in​ ​an​ ​intensive​ ​format.​ ​For​ ​more​ ​information​ ​on​ ​our international​ ​residency​ ​program,​ ​please​ ​view​ ​the​ program​ ​information or our Drexel in Italy flyer.

Graduate Sport​ ​Coaching​ ​Leadership​ ​Program Eligibility

Admissions Criteria

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution

Required Documents

With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting Drexel Online's Completing Your Application Guide.

A telephone interview is required as part of the admissions process.

Sport​ ​Coaching​ ​Leadership​ ​Courses ​& ​Curriculum

The​ Master’s​ ​in​ ​Sport Coaching Leadership ​program​ ​consists​ ​of​ ​45​ ​graduate​ ​credits​ ​and​ ​is available​ ​as​ ​a​ ​part-time,​ ​two-year​ ​program​ ​offered​ ​fully​ ​online.

The​ ​curriculum​ for our coaching masters program ​includes​ ​courses​ ​in​ ​Coaching​ ​Theory,​ ​Ethics​ ​in​ ​Coaching,​ ​Athletic Recruiting,​ ​Sport​ ​Performance​ ​and​ ​Energy​ ​Systems,​ ​Athletic​ ​Conditioning​ ​and NCAA​ ​Compliance.

Student ​may​ ​select​ ​a​ ​sport-specific​ ​concentration. Concentrations​ ​are​ ​available​ ​in​ ​lacrosse​ ​and​ rowing;​ ​however,​ ​for​ ​those​ ​without​ ​an interest​ ​in​ ​those​ ​sports,​ ​a​ ​custom-designed​ ​concentration​ ​is​ ​available.​ To view course descriptions, please visit the Drexel Course Catalog.

Hear From Students

When choosing a graduate program, there was so much out there that making a decision on where to go was difficult; however, I am extremely happy with my choice of the Sport Coaching Leadership program at Drexel. I can honestly attest that my hiring as the head coach for the Billerica Memorial High School Lacrosse program, which is one of the most sought after high school coaching jobs in Massachusetts, would never have happened without this program. It gave me the tools and knowledge I needed to take that next step as a coach and I am extremely grateful for this experience!

-Ryan Nickerson '20

How ​to ​Apply ​to ​the ​Master ​of ​Science ​in Sport Coaching​ ​Leadership

The Master's of Science in Sport Coaching Leadership is offered 100% online. You can get started by filling out the Drexel Online application.