Master of Science
About This Program
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed to the college address:
Office of Graduate Admissions
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed to the college address:
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. Track – complete 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
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|
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.