The University of Southern Mississippi

Looking to earn your Sport Coaching Degree?

Sport Coaching Education MS
Program Overview

You love sports, but you also see yourself as an educator and a leader. You have a lot to share and you want to help people grow. You already have the characteristics of a great coach; the University of Southern Mississippi’s Sport Coaching Education Master’s online degree will help you take your coaching skills to the next level. USM’s fully online Sport Coaching Degree will give you an advanced understanding of training and leadership techniques, human mental and physical development, sports skills, and the latest technological advancements in athletic evaluation.

It goes beyond rallying the team—to coach is to motivate individuals toward self-improvement. And the more you know, the better coach you will be. No matter where you live, get a degree from one of the top coaching education programs in the country. This is your life, plus college.

Alternately, we also offer a fully online MS in Kinesiology: Physical Education Emphasis.

Your Future

Check out some of the jobs our graduates landed after earning this degree.

  • Sports and fitness coach for kids
  • Sports Coach (youth, high school, club, collegiate, or high performance)
  • Youth Sports Instructor
  • Atheletic Performance Coach
  • College Scout
  • Assistant Coach
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach

Your future starts at Southern Miss!

Interested?

Qualifications

There’s more to coaching than loving the sport. A great coach is a motivator. A communicator. A thinker.

  • GRE scores required
  • Bachelor’s degree GPA of 3.0 or higher in the last 62 hours of coursework
  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education
  • Cover letter, current resume and three letters of recommendation
  • Complete admissions packet by April 1 to start fall semester

Degree Requirements

Comprehensive Exam

A comprehensive exam is required for all master’s students and must be passed before proceeding to graduation. A 3.0 GPA is required for graduation.

Course requirements (36 hrs minimum)

  • KIN 604 – Advanced Motor Development 3 hrs.
  • KIN 606 – Motor Learning 3 hrs.
  • KIN 609 – Sport Psychology 3 hrs.
  • KIN 644 – Foundations and Trends in Human Performance and Recreation 3 hrs.
  • KIN 670 – Organizational Leadership and Management in Sport 3 hrs.
  • KIN 672 – Advanced Development of Strength and Conditioning Programs 3 hrs.
  • KIN 675 – Advanced Sport Coaching Methodology 3 hrs.
  • KIN 677 – Legal Aspects of Sport 3 hrs.
  • KIN 680 – Research Techniques I 3 hrs.
  • KIN 681 – Research Techniques II 3 hrs.
  • KIN 684 – Sport Skill Analysis 3 hrs.

Core requirements total: 33 hours

Students must select either thesis or nonthesis option.

  • Thesis Option:
  • KIN 698 – Thesis 1-6 hrs. For a total of 6 hrs.
  • or
  • Nonthesis Option:
  • KIN 696 – Practicum 1-6 hrs. (3 hrs. required)

Frequently Asked Questions


Additional course fees may apply.  Fees range between $20 – $60.



Click here for information on the steps you’ll need to complete in order to be admitted to Southern Miss.



The program is designed for students who work and want to go to school part-time. We offer two courses a semester (fall, spring, summer), with the goal of each student graduating in two years.



We offer Fall start admission dates.



What is the deadline for registering for classes?

Click here and choose the term that applies.


What is the minimum number of classes that I can take to be considered full-time?

You must enroll in at least 12 credit hours in order to have full-time status in the spring and fall semesters and at least 9 credit hours in order to have full-time status in the summer semester.


Does enrollment in the online Sport Coaching Degree program follow the standard academic calendar?

Yes, you’ll start and end classes on the same date as the in-person students do.


Will there be any courses that have face-to-face requirements?

No, none of the classes in the sport coaching education program have face-to-face requirements.

 


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Are the exams required to be proctored?

It is up to the instructor of a course if exams require a proctor. You should always read the content in the syllabus and on-line course site to determine if a proctor is needed. There is an application that must be completed at least 15 days prior to taking an exam. For information about proctoring click here.


What are the costs for the Sport Coaching Degree?

For pricing information, click here.  For financial aid information, click here.  For detailed tuition information, click here.


What other online degrees are offered by Online at Southern Miss?

Please visit our programs page here: https://online.usm.edu/programs/


Will other classes besides the ones listed in degree requirements count towards my degree?

Other classes that aren’t listed may count towards your degree once your transcript has been evaluated and posted.


Do online students pay out-of-state tuition?

No, online students pay resident tuition. For information about pricing, click here.


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Are you a military veteran or service member?

If yes, visit online.usm.edu/military for more information on how Southern Miss can serve you and your needs.   We will help you with funding and scholarship information, admissions, and course enrollment.


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