About This Program

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Admissions Contact

Rachel Ahlmeyer
Graduate Recruiter and Admissions Coordinator for the School of Physical Education, Performance, and Sport Leadership
rahlmeyer@springfieldcollege.edu
(413) 748-3383 or make an appointment: https://calendly.com/rahlmeyer

Upcoming Events

A Day in the Life as a Physical Education/Athletic Leadership Graduate Student
Thursday, Sept. 22, 10:30 a.m.
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Graduate Physical Education and Athletic Leadership Information Sessions
Monday, Oct. 3, 6 p.m.
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Tuesday, Nov. 8, 6 p.m.
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Thursday, Dec. 8, 6 p.m.
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The athletic leadership master’s program (M.Ed or M.S.) equips students with the knowledge and skills to develop as inclusive, equity-minded leaders who create empowering sport experiences and positively impact the sport community. Our program adopts a holistic approach to leadership development that blends training in the sport sciences and practical experience. Students develop their evidence-based practice by gaining a strong foundation in theory, research and application of the sport sciences through active engagement in the classroom. Opportunities for fieldwork in various sport settings (e.g., youth, interscholastic, intercollegiate, and professional) provide students with valuable practical experience and meaningful connections with professionals in the field to enhance their classroom learning.

Students can pursue an M.Ed. (practitioner focused) or M.S. (thesis) track, and tailor their curriculum path to meet their career goals. Core courses for all program students include athletic administration, supervision and mentoring, legal issues, inclusive and critical approaches to sport, and coaching methods and issues.

Students can select additional courses based on whether they wish to pursue a career in athletic coaching and/or administration.

  • Coaching focus: Courses that prepare students include strength and conditioning, motor learning and control, and sport psychology. Springfield College’s unique teacher-coach model allows students to interact with experienced, highly successful coaches in the classroom and various performance settings. 
  • Athletic administration focus: Courses that prepare students for various administrative leadership roles at the interscholastic and/or intercollegiate levels include administrative oversight of student-athlete health and well-being, facilities in athletics, and athletic finance. Note: The legal issues and interscholastic athletic administration courses have 4 National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) Leadership Training Courses (LTC) embedded so that students can achieve a Registered Athletic Administration certification (RAA) for individuals interested in working within the interscholastic setting.

Rachel Howard

Student Spotlight

"I was always confident that choosing Springfield College would provide me with the educational and experiential background necessary to develop as a professional and as a person, but what I’ve gained in this program is far more than I ever could have imagined. There are limitless opportunities to get involved on campus and the people here are passionate about putting you in a position to succeed. The culmination of generosity and knowledge, coupled with the overarching Humanics philosophy, has made my time on Alden Street a truly transformative experience."

Rachel Howard
Michael Henchy

Alumni Spotlight

"The Athletic Leadership program at Springfield College was an ideal launching place for my career.  Entering into the program I knew I wanted to coach volleyball, but through each semester my eyes were opened to deeper foundations of the profession. The world of athletics is touched by so many intersecting skills, and the ability to practice each element in an environment that fosters education through real-life practice is what Springfield really excelled at providing for me. Springfield won’t magically make you an excellent coach or administrator, but you will absolutely get the resources and practice to accelerate toward your potential."

Michael Henchy coaching
Amanda Nusbaum

Student Spotlight

"The very first time I stepped onto the campus I knew that I was hooked. From the state-of-the-art athletic facilities to the spirit, mind, and body approach – I was in a place where I wasn't just a number and I was going to be pushed to achieve and exceed my academic and athletic goals. My experience at Springfield College was different because I was supported in all aspects of my athletic and academic career from undergrad to graduate school."

Amanda Nusbaum
Dahmir Noel

Alumni Spotlight

"Choosing to attend Springfield College was probably the biggest and best decision I made regarding my career. The opportunities provided by Springfield allowed me to grow as a young professional during my time on campus. I was able to learn a lot about the college athletics landscape and I apply those lessons on a daily basis to progress in my career as an Athletic Administrator. Honestly, the people are what made my time on campus so great and I can truly say I made lifelong friends and mentors."

 

Dahmir Noel
Admissions Requirements

This program enrolls students in the fall and spring terms only.

Complete the application form. No application fee.

Start your application process by completing the online application form. Be sure to complete your application by submitting all the required materials outlined in this section. 

Graduate Admissions Essay

Once your application form is processed you will receive an email with your application portal login credentials. Once you login to your application portal you'll be able to upload your essay.

In two to three double-spaced pages, please describe significant life experiences that have contributed to your interest in your field, your understanding of this field, your occupational objectives, and why you have chosen Springfield College. 

Resume

Please include any college activities, out-of-school leadership experiences, work history, and community involvement to support your interest in or qualifications for graduate study. Once your application form is processed you will receive an email with your application portal login credentials. Once you login to your application portal you'll be able to upload your resume

Letters of Recommendation

This program requires two letters of recommendation. Recommenders will receive an email when you submit your application and will be able to upload your letter to your application.

Official Transcripts from All Institutions Previously/Currently Attended

  • An official transcript from each college/university you have attended is required.
  • Transcripts must be in English. If the transcript is not in English you will be required to submit a professional credential evaluation completed by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. In some cases, including if you plan to request coursework be transferred, a course-by-course translation is required. For this we recommend the World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
  • In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received directly from the original source, by email to graduate@springfield.edu, or mailed to the college address:

    Springfield College
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    263 Alden Street
    Springfield, MA 01109

International Applicants

All international applicants from non-English speaking countries are required, in addition to the items listed above, to submit:

  • Proof of English language proficiency by way of the TOEFL or IELTS. If your undergraduate degree was earned in the United States and you successfully completed College level English, we will consider English language proficiency met.
  • Please note: Transcripts must be in English. If the transcript is not in English you will be required to submit a professional credential evaluation completed by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. In some cases, including if you plan to request coursework be transferred, a course-by-course translation is required. For this we recommend the World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.

Our Associate Director of International Admissions Nicholas Venn can answer any questions you may have about enrolling in Springfield College as an international student. You may email him at intladmissions@springfieldcollege.edu or via phone at (413) 748-3891.

To submit materials:

After submitting your online application form you will receive user login credentials to access your student application portal. From that portal, you will be able to upload your graduate admissions essay and your resume. Recommenders will receive an email when you submit your application and will be able to upload your letter to your application. In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received directly from the original source, by email to graduate@springfield.edu, or mailed to the college address:

Springfield College
Office of Graduate Admissions
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109

The Master’s candidate may choose from the M.Ed. (practitioner focused) or the M.S. Degree (thesis required).  M.Ed. and M.S. students must complete a minimum of 36 credits.

Prerequisite: Coaching experience or collegiate athletics playing experience 

PROGRAM CORE (22-26 credits) – required for all students in M.Ed. and M.S. tracks

PHED 613 Advanced Level Coaching: Methods and Issues 3 credits

PHED 633 Athletic Administration 3 credits

PHED 670 Supervision and Mentoring 3 credits

PHED 675 Legal Issues in Physical Education & Athletics (LTC 504, 506) 3 credits

PHED 681 Inclusive and Critical Approaches to Sport 3 credits

RSCH 610 Foundations and Methods of Research 3 credits

Field Experience – complete any combination of the 2 courses below.  M.Ed. students 6-8 total credits of fieldwork.  M.S. students 4 total credits of fieldwork:

PHED 685 Internship in Advanced Level Coaching 

PHED 686 Graduate Field Experience 

M.Ed. Track – complete 10-12 credits from the list of selectives below:

AEXS 670 Strength & Conditioning* 3 credits

AEXS 678 Sport Psychology 3 credits

MOST 624 Motor Learning and Control 3 credits

PHED 505 Sports Medicine for Athletic Administrators 2 credits

PHED 627 Facility Design, Operation, and Maintenance in Athletics 3 credits

PHED 634 Interscholastic Athletic Administration (LTC 501-503) 3 credits

PHED 645 Finance in Athletics 3 credits

PHED 683 Leadership in Athletics Seminar 2 credits

RSCH 618 Guided Individual Study 1-4 credits
 

M.S. Trackcomplete the 9-credit research sequence below AND 5 credits from the list of M.Ed. selectives above.

RSCH 612 Proposal Design 2 credits

RSCH 620 Educational & Psychological Statistics

Or RSCH 615 Qualitative Research Methodology 3 credits

RSCH 635 Thesis 4 credits

APPLY ONLINE

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis prior to the start of the intended term of entry.

Priority deadlines are as follows:

  • July 15 for fall (September) entry
  • December 1 for spring (January) entry

All required supporting materials are due as follows:

  • August 15 for fall (September) entry
  • January 1 for spring (January) entry
Graduate Program Courses $1,138 per credit
Approximate total cost (36 credits) $40,968
Graduate Student Fee* $396
Enrollment Deposit $300

All approximate costs above are based on 2022-23 academic year costs.

*The graduate student fee (full time) includes the following costs for the 2022-23 academic year.

  • Student Government Fee: $21
  • Community Engagement Fee: $36
  • Recreation Fee: $324
  • Class Dues: $15

The graduate student fee (part-time) is $87.50 per semester.

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