The athletic leadership master’s program (M.Ed or M.S.) provides you the opportunity to select the curriculum path that is right for you in preparing for a career in athletic administration and/or coaching. The core courses provide you with a strong foundation in the essential areas of athletics such as supervision and mentoring, legal issues, inclusive and critical approaches to sport, and coaching methods and issues. 

Should you wish to pursue a coaching career: Courses such as strength and conditioning, motor learning and control, and sport psychology would be part of your program along with fieldwork experience as you learn and prepare to coach your own team in the future. With the Springfield College teacher-coach model in place, this concentration offers you the opportunity to interact with experienced, highly successful coaches in the classroom and on the playing field. 

Should you wish to pursue athletic administration: You would have the option to prepare yourself for either the interscholastic or intercollegiate level.  For individuals who wish to pursue administration at the high school level, our legal issues course and interscholastic athletic administration course have 4 National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) Leadership Training Courses (LTC) embedded so you can achieve a Registered Athletic Administration certification (RAA).  Sports medicine, finance in athletics, and facility design courses will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to excel in your athletic leadership role while fieldwork hours enhance the learning experience by providing relevant experience for your resume.

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 nvenn@springfield.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 $1,105 per credit
Approximate total cost (36 credits) $39,780
Graduate Student Fee* $385
Enrollment Deposit $300

All approximate costs above are based on 2020-21 academic year costs.

*The graduate student fee (full time) includes the following costs for the 2020-21 academic year.

  • Student Government Fee: $20
  • Community Engagement Fee: $35
  • Recreation Fee: $315
  • Class Dues: $15

The graduate student fee (part-time) is $85 per semester.

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