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Online Master’s Degree in Coaching

Learn cutting-edge coaching techniques to get the best out of your athletes and develop winning organizations. Designed for working coaches, our fully online master’s in coaching program offers a convenient and collaborative learning experience focusing on performance, philosophy, and leadership. You’ll work with top faculty, interact with other coaching professionals, and apply your coursework on the job. Our sports coaching program also integrates Christian values and emphasizes character development on and off the field.

The master’s in coaching is ideal for coaches who work with athletes in junior high school, high school, or college-level athletics programs. This online graduate degree program is also an excellent option for coaches employed by not-for-profit, church, or community sports organizations.

In the online master’s degree in coaching at Greenville University, you’ll learn how to:

  • Increase player motivation and performance.
  • Integrate faith and character development into competitive sports programs.
  • Maximize effectiveness of scouting and practice sessions.
  • Communicate effectively with staff and parents.
  • Balance coaching expectations and sports administration.

Why Earn Your Online Master's Degree in Coaching at Greenville University?

Our online coaching program is about building character and getting results. We give you the tools to develop your own coaching philosophy and create a foundation for long-term success. Led by top coaching professionals, our online graduate program also gives you the chance to apply your learning directly to your coaching career. These are the kinds of opportunities you can expect when you earn your master’s degree in coaching at Greenville University:

  • Advance your professional coaching career. Our graduate program gives you the educational foundation to take the next step in your coaching career and create a lasting legacy based on values. You’ll gain exposure to diverse coaching ideas and techniques you can use to inform your own coaching philosophy. With your master’s degree in coaching, you can also raise your pay grade and open new job opportunities.
  • Earn your master’s degree on your schedule. Our flexible online coaching program enables you to pursue your master's degree while maintaining a full coaching schedule. At the same time, you’ll have numerous opportunities to interact with experienced coaches in an online community, through discussion boards and other real-time collaboration. It’s why Greenville University was recently ranked #1 in a list of Best Online Schools in Illinois by Accredited Schools Online.
  • Work faith-based values into your coaching program. Coaches are important role models, and we believe that game-winning strategies and values-based leadership work hand-in-hand. Grounded in Christian values, our graduate degree program teaches you ways to integrate faith and character development into your athletics programs, focusing on personal enrichment as well as competitive success.
  • Learn from top coaching professionals. Our athletics instructors are experienced coaches who bring creative philosophies and winning methodologies to their courses. Greenville University faculty include doctoral-level educators and former national championship team coaches. Learn more about online master’s degree in coaching faculty.
  • Apply your master’s degree coursework to your coaching career. The master’s degree program curriculum integrates applied learning with foundational education courses. You’ll be writing about your experiences on the job as a coach, developing practice and game plan designs and more. There’s also a capstone research paper that will focus on one aspect of your coaching. Learn more about online master’s degree in coaching courses.
  • Get personal guidance and support. As a small liberal arts university, Greenville offers online learning with a personal touch. Our graduate coaching faculty are very accessible and dedicated to helping you succeed. Instructors regularly contact students and are available to discuss coursework and answer any questions you may have.

What are people saying about the Online Coaching Master's Degree Program at Greenville University?

"I can't think of a better place to train coaches. The people at Greenville help you build faith, character, and leadership for a long term foundation of success on and off the court. Not only will you mature as a coach, but you will also gain valuable tools to better serve your athletes."

Jamie Young, Boston Celtics assistant coach and former graduate assistant coach at Greenville University

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Career Opportunities

Sports coaching is a fast-growing profession with strong competition at the college and professional levels. Our online coaching master’s degree gives you a competitive edge in the job market and the educational foundation to increase your pay grade.

Coaching career stats

  • In 2017, the annual mean wage for coaches and scouts in Illinois was $38,160.*
  • Employment of coaches and scouts is expected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.*

Coaching career examples

  • High school coach
  • University coach
  • Private sports instructor
  • Scout
* Source: United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

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