Sport Science/Coaching

Master of Science in Physical Education: Sport Science/Coaching

About the Degree

The Sport Science graduate program has been designed to meet the needs of individuals interested in learning how to become effective coaches and administrators in sport organizations. Licensed educators may be able to use the sport science program option to meet the master/30-hour requirement for the second renewal of their professional licensure. However, these individuals should seek renewal from their local professional development committee. 

Within the PE sport science/coaching program two areas of concentration are offered. These areas are sport administration and coaching. The area of concentration in sport administration requires nine credits of specified course work in sport administration including courses in planning and promotion of sport, sport leadership, and the business of sport. The eight credits of specific coaching science course work includes classes in sport nutrition, injury management, and the physiological aspects of physical activity. 

The PE sport science/coaching program offers a broad based overview of the specific elements that entail the science of sport including, the disciplines of sport psychology, sport sociology, sport ethics and principles, and legal aspects of sport. Additionally, course work includes study within the disciplines of sport pedagogy, motor learning, and the administration and organization of sport.

Salary and Career Outlook

The career outlook for those with an interest in the sport science field is very good. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook the job growth in the field of coaching is expected to grow faster than average. The Occupational Outlook Handbook predicts rising sport participation and interest at the high school and collegiate levels which should continue to create more coaching and sport administration job opportunities for our sport science/coaching graduates.

Salaries for those that work in the spectator sports industry are very good. According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the May 2014 National Industry Specific data suggests that the annual mean wage for sport managers in the spectator sports industry is over $117,000. Business and Financial Operations Occupations in the spectator sports industry mean salaries were $59,240. Additionally, according to information from the 2015 Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median wage for the coaching profession was $39,960 for college and university coaches. In addition the top 10 percent of coaches earned over $65,000. In general, starting salaries in the sport industry are approximately $35,000.

Why Akron?

Our focus on coaching is extremely unique to Northeast Ohio at the graduate level. In fact, Cleveland State and Kent State do not offer master’s programs in sport science/coaching. Our program provides a general base of sport science knowledge as well as specialization in coaching and sport administration which is distinctive from other programs that may only focus on the business of sport.

Our programs offers students flexibility in course instruction. Many of our course offerings can be completed through online learning. Additionally, there is great opportunity to become involved in out of the classroom activities related to the sport industry. Many students gain opportunities to be involved as graduate assistants with the Athletic Department, Student Recreation and Wellness Center, and the School of Sport Science and Wellness Education. Also students have an excellent opportunity to complete field experience hours with local collegiate sport organizations, recreational sport organizations, as well as high school athletic departments and local professional sports teams.

Contact Information

Program Coordinator:                     Dr. Alan Kornspan

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Graduate School:                             Heather Blake

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