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Coaching and Sport Education

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administrative contact

Lindsay B. Augustine
phone: 304-293-3393

program contact

Kristen Dieffenbach
Associate Professor, Athletic Coaching Education
Department of Coaching and Teaching Studies
phone: 304-293-0847
fax: 304-293-4641

Program Details

Program Description

Using the long-term athlete development model as a framework, this master's degree provides a strong foundation of the science of coaching with multiple and varied practical experiences, through the lab, volunteering or formal internships. Students complete 39 credit hours over five semesters (fall, spring, summer, fall, and spring) with 24 hours of core classes and then students select one of two tracks for the remainder of the courses (15 hours) depending on their career goals.

Track 1: Performance Coaching is designed for individuals who will be coaching at the collegiate or elite levels. The courses in this track focus on evaluating coaching methods.

Track 2: Science of Coaching is designed for the individual who is interested in coaching education and the preparation of coaches. There are two options within this track. The only difference between the two options is the depth of research study.

Career Profile

This degree is for those who want to coach athletes at highly competitive levels and/or who are interested in coaching education and the preparation of coaches.

Delivery Methods Available

  • on campus

Graduate Program Application Requirements

Applicants must arrange for official copies of transcripts and test scores to be sent directly to the WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment at PO Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506-6510. If being sent by delivery service (Federal Express, UPS, etc) requiring a street address, please use WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment, 1500 One Waterfront Place, Morgantown, WV 26501. The program requirements listed below (if any) are in addition to the main WVU Graduate Application.

  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Recommendations: 2 required
  • See "Additional Information" below for other requirements

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

Additional Information

Please include a personal statement discussing professional career goals and why the applicant feels this program is a good fit.

Include a resume outlining work experience, coaching experience, sport participation, sport related awards, sport administration, sport officiating and other sport related employment and relevant experiences.

Provide two letters of reference. These letters should speak to the applicant's academic potential at the graduate level of study.

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Prospective students should apply online at:

Application Priority Dates and Deadlines

  • Fall Priority: February 1st


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