Master of Arts in Athletic Leadership - Coaching Track

Do more than win games.
Impact lives.

Being a successful coach is about more than wins and losses. The effect you have on your athletes goes far beyond what you accomplish on the playing field. To be the best coach you can be — and get the most out of your team — you need to be part psychologist, motivator, trainer, safety instructor and more. Your online Master of Arts in Athletic Leadership with a Coaching specialization can help develop the skills you need to lead your team on and off the field.

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Study 100% online

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Choose from 7 start dates

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Complete your degree in fewer than 2 years

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Specialize in 1 of 4 track options

Why Choose the Coaching Track for Your Online MA in Athletic Leadership?

Selecting the right school for you is an important decision. You want to pick a program that will help further your value as a coach. When you choose Rider University, you gain the opportunity to learn from coaches, trainers and administrators who have achieved success in their areas of expertise and want to pass their knowledge along to you.

Pursuing your MA in Athletic Leadership with a Coaching specialization can help you become a more effective leader and pave the way for career growth and new opportunities. Learn the industry-leading best practices and trends to help you elevate your success with our comprehensive graduate degree program.

What Does Our Coaching Track Cover?

Learn to impart your knowledge on others. Your Coaching track is designed to enhance your leadership abilities while building your skill set in key areas including sports psychology, training and conditioning.

  • Gain a better understanding of the player and personal development by studying Concepts and Principles of Coaching and Developing a Philosophy of Coaching
  • Study techniques to give your team mental skills with Sport Psychology
  • Learn to improve physical performance with Strength, Speed and Conditioning and Fundamentals of Athletic Training and Wellness

Admissions Requirements

Our online Master of Arts in Athletic Leadership is a great opportunity for those looking to enhance their career options. That’s why we do our best to make it as accessible as possible to anyone who has the desire to pursue it.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher in any discipline from an accredited college or university
  • A completed graduate study application with a $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Two professional letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to the applicant’s career aspiration
  • No minimum GPA
  • A written personal statement of 500 words describing your experience as an athlete or administrator with your career aspirations stated
  • Official transcripts from the undergraduate degree-granting institution
  • Graduate test scores are not required

Why Earn Your Online MA in Athletic Leadership with a Coaching Specialization?

The Coaching track can help give you a competitive edge to not only be successful on the field, but be better positioned for career growth. Through Rider’s online MA in Athletic Leadership program, you can become adept at getting the most out of your players in all facets of the game.

By pursuing your MA in Athletic Leadership degree online, you can advance your knowledge and career potential around your busy schedule. Rider’s online degree platform can make your learning more flexible and accessible, helping you build the career you want.

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Gain access to dedicated faculty of sports professionals

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Enjoy the freedom of an online education

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Gain real-world experience through internships

Nuture your future around your schedule

Earn your degree around your schedule

Pick a start time that works for you

Your program has to fit around your life. So in addition to making our MA in Athletic Leadership degree 100% online, we also offer multiple start times throughout the year. Just choose the one that works best for you.

  • Spring A – February 1
  • Spring B – March 22
  • Summer A – May 18
  • Summer B – July 6
  • Fall A – September 8
  • Fall B – October 27

When you earn your MA in Athletic Leadership from Rider, you can expand your career opportunities and earning potential. Let us help you achieve your goals and position yourself for success.

How Many Credits Are Required for Your Online MA in Athletic Leadership with a Coaching Specialization?

Your degree will consist of 12 courses and 36 credit hours, including an Internship of Coaching and/or an Internship of Administration. You can complete the entire curriculum in fewer than two years.

  • 15 credit hours in core courses
  • 12 credit hours in Coaching track courses
  • 9 credit hours in elective courses

We want to help you be persistent in your pursuit. That’s why we offer 100% online coursework, so you can prepare to advance your career around your busy schedule.

You’re ready to pursue your goals. We’re here to help you do it. At Rider, we’re committed to your growth, transformation and leadership.