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Lead athletes and teams to hard-won successes with a Master of Education in athletic coaching from the University of Mount Union. You will gain essential knowledge and practical skills in leadership, nutrition, skill development, and other areas of athletic administration through our online athletic coaching degree program. As a working professional, you can take advantage of this convenient online M.Ed. in athletic coaching while maintaining your ongoing commitments.


At Mount Union, we boast an impressive history of developing sport leaders from intercollegiate athletes to highly successful coaches at all levels of organized athletics. Our athletic coaching master’s program prepares on-the-ground motivators and compelling leaders for thriving sports careers.



Courses in Athletic Coaching

The online master’s in athletic coaching program gives you a competitive edge in the rapidly evolving worlds of education and sports coaching. Here, you will develop the skills to lead using technology and ethics, spearhead organizational change, and guide community engagement. Plus, you will establish foundations in essential coaching competencies like nutrition, skill development, and strength training and conditioning.



Dive deep into the influence of psychology on athletic performance and participation. You will examine the nature and responsibilities of the coaching profession with a focus on the psychological aspects of competitive sports. Broaden your approach to athletic coaching with a meaningful understanding of self-esteem, motivation, stress, and imagery as they relate to students’ abilities to perform or willingness to participate in athletics.


Examine various pedagogical approaches to continued sport skill development in individual athletes and team sports. Through case studies, you will develop strategies for creating athletic task mastery environments, encouraging adaptability, and identifying and manipulating constraints to learning. 


At the culmination of your athletic coaching degree program, you will plan, implement, evaluate and report a continuous improvement project through your practicum placement. In effecting real-world change, you will engage in reflective practice on the roles and responsibilities of an athletic coach.
View the entire M.Ed. athletic coaching curriculum

Career Paths with a Master’s Degree in Athletic Coaching

Advance your current career or launch a new path in the growing fields of scouting, sports coaching, and athletic administration. The athletic coaching master’s program at Mount Union equips leaders for athletes of all ages, abilities, and passions in roles like:

  • P–12 Sports Coach
  • College Sports Coach
  • Professional Sports Coach
  • College Sports Scout
  • Sports Executive
  • Athletic Director

Learn more about the Online Master of Education in Athletic Coaching

In Mount Union’s master’s in athletic coaching program, you can complete an advanced degree while staying on top of your work and life commitments. In this two-year program, you will gain extensive expertise and practical experience that will help you to excel in a variety of sports-related fields. Request more info

  • Credit Hours


    Structured for two, seven-week classes per term for five semesters, this M.Ed. is 30 total credit hours.

  • Cost per credit hour


    The 2023-2024 cost per credit hour for the M.Ed. in athletic coaching is $610. (discounts available)

  • Starts


    The M.Ed. in athletic coaching can be started in the fall, spring, or summer term.

Online M.Ed. in Athletic Coaching Admission Requirements

Degree/Credentials: Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. 

Undergraduate Achievement: Possess an undergraduate cumulative grade point average equal to or greater than a 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) or a grade point average equal to or greater than 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) with a minimum of 12 credit hours of graduate study.

Experience: Provide a curriculum vitae or résumé.

Essay and Writing Ability: Applicants will submit an essay of approximately 250-500 words which outlines the applicant’s career aspirations and rationale for applying to the program. This piece will demonstrate the candidate’s ability to write at the graduate level.

Professional Recommendations: Provide one recommendation from an employer or former professor who is in a position to judge the applicant’s potential for graduate-level study and research, as well as suitability for educational leadership.

Consideration for Conditional Admission: Applicants who do not meet the above criteria will be judged on a case-by-case basis and will be asked to submit additional documentation in an attempt to gain conditional admission.

Personal Interview: Applicants may be selected for an interview to be conducted using phone/video conferencing. Applicants who successfully complete the interview will be admitted into the Master of Education program.


Transfer Credit Policy: A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of graduate transfer credits will be considered for transfer credit. The course(s) must have been taken at a regionally accredited institution and be aligned with the objectives for the University of Mount Union course(s), and only coursework earning a grade of B or better will be considered for transfer credit. Additional credits may be transferred on a case-by-case basis.

A candidate wishing transfer credit must submit an official transcript, along with a copy of the appropriate course description from the graduate catalogue of the respective institution and may be asked to offer additional documentation (such as a course syllabus). To initiate a transfer credit evaluation, email a request to

Enrollment Deposit: If admitted to the program, candidates are required to submit a non-refundable deposit of $250. This deposit will be applied toward tuition charges. Pay Your Deposit

TOEFL Requirement: For admission into the Master of Education program, applicants whose primary language is not English must have a recent IBT (Internet- Based TOEFL) score of 100 or more in addition to meeting other program requirements.

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