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Master of Sports Coaching - FAQ

Q. Where is the MSpC degree located?

  1. The degree is housed in the College of Education and Human Ecology, Department of Human Science, Kinesiology section. The program director is Phillip Ward, PhD, and he can be contacted at:

Q. When can I apply for admission?

  1. For autumn admissions, we are accepting admissions on a rolling basis during the spring and summer. Depending on interest, we may establish a limit to enrollment. You should apply early if you are interested in autumn admission.

Q. Do I need the GRE?

  1. You do not need the GRE if your undergraduate or other graduate GPA is above 3.0. If your GPA is below 3.0, you will need to take the GRE.

Q. What if my GPA is below 3.0?

  1. If your GPA is below 3.0, the Graduate School will require you to take the GRE and the program will require some evidence that you can perform well in graduate school. The easiest way to demonstrate this is to take 6-9 credits of graduate classes where you can demonstrate a strong GPA. At this point, armed with your new GPA and your GRE score, you can petition the program to be admitted conditionally to the graduate school. We encourage you to contact us to discuss your options. No applicants with lower than a 3.0 CGPA will be reviewed and, or recommended for conditional admission to the grad school until after the April 30th deadline in which all applicants who meet minimum requirements have been first reviewed.

Q. What does the requirement of two years of experience coaching mean?

  1. We are looking for students who have some background in coaching. This can be broadly viewed to included paid and unpaid coaching experiences such as assisting volunteering at:
    • clinics,
    • camps,
    • child, youth and adult recreation leagues,
    • sports settings in schools, clubs, college or businesses
    If in doubt, email for clarification. You will need to describe this experience in your resume which you will upload when you apply.

Q. The degree has an expectation that requires me to be actively coaching? What if I am not?

  1. We can assist you in finding school-based, recreational youth and adult coaching opportunities.

Q. How will I be notified of my admissions decision?

  1. After the graduate program has made an admission decision, the program informs the Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions. We then inform you of the decision by sending a notice of admission via post mail and e-mail.

    To know if a decision has been made on your application, please go to: You must reference your OSU Student ID number to use the Applicant Center. Contact 614-688-HELP to reset your password. Contact, if you have forgotten your username.

Q. Do you accept transfer of credits into the program?

  1. This is handled on a case-by-case basis after a review of the syllabi of the courses you wish to transfer in. We do not accept transfer credit of non-coaching focused classes.

    The Ohio State University Graduate School website has more detailed information about transferring credits to graduate degree programs.

Q. Is funding available from the department?

  1. There is no funding available from the department at this time.

Q. Will I get to work with Ohio State sports teams and coaches?

  1. Depending on the sport, Ohio State sports teams may accept you as a volunteer and in some cases an assistant. However these decisions are made by the coaches not the masters degree program.

Q. What are the options for taking the degree full-time or part-time?

  1. A full-time degree consists of 33 credits taken across two years. A part-time degree can be arranged to meet your schedule and can consist of as few as one to as many as 15 credits per semester. We can construct a tailor-made program of study with electives that fit your personal and career goals.

Q. Can I transfer between the full-time or part-time program?

  1. Yes.

Q. Is this a thesis or non-thesis degree?

  1. This is a non-thesis degree. Each student will complete a final master's written examination. The examination will evaluate the student's proficiency and understanding of his/her field of study. The exam will consist of two, two-hour sit-down exams. The first exam will consist of a series of scenarios designed to assess ethical and pedagogical reasoning. The second exam will assess the application of coaching knowledge in the form of short-answer questions. Each exam will be evaluated by the student's advisor and one faculty member in the MSpC program of study. The exam can be scheduled in any semester the student plans to graduate, but is typically expected in the summer.


For frequently asked questions regarding admission to the graduate school visit: