A natural extension of the Springfield College physical education and sport science undergraduate programs, the advanced-level coaching track has a reputation for producing outstanding coaches at all levels of sports, including elite, professional, intercollegiate, and interscholastic. 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. 

The curriculum is designed to aid coaches in developing leadership and administrative skills while also improving athletic performance, with courses including motor learning, sport psychology, and strength and conditioning. In addition to the variety of sport and coaching science courses you’ll take, you’ll also enter into a fieldwork coaching experience, often with a college or university athletic team, which will allow you to gain relevant experience for your resume and ready you to begin your coaching career. 

 

Admissions Requirements

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

Sequence of Courses

Springfield College has a reputation for producing outstanding coaches at all levels of sports: elite, amateur, professional, intercollegiate, and interscholastic. The advanced-level coaching program is a natural extension of our undergraduate physical education programs and is designed to prepare students for the demands and responsibilities of advanced-level coaching positions. Course work covers advanced-level coaching, physiology, biomechanics, motor learning and control, and sport and exercise psychology.

Undergraduate prerequisites

  • Exercise Physiology  (Anatomy & Physiology I & II )
  • First Aid & CPR (or equivalent)
  • Prevention of Athletic Injury
  • Coaching Practicum (or equivalent)

Basic program:  requires 32 semester hours of graduate credit

A. Program requirements (16-19 credits)

B. Research Core requirements (3 credits)

C. Research requirements (4-9 credits)

1. Thesis Option (9 credits)

2. Independent Study option (4 credits)

D. Electives

(as required to meet the minimum number of required credits)

Chosen from the courses listed below.

E. Degree information

Those students completing a thesis will take an oral examination on their research and qualify for the M.S. or M.Ed.  Thesis students must take RSCH 615 or 620, RSCH 612, and RSCH 635.

Students completing PHED 692 will take more electives and must pass the poster presentation to qualify for the M.Ed.

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

Graduate Program Courses $1,105 per credit
Graduate Student Fee* $385
Enrollment Deposit $300

*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.

Current Springfield College undergraduate students are eligible to receive $5,000 toward the cost of their MBA. 

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