Q. Where is the MSpC degree located?

The degree is housed in the College of Education and Human Ecology, Department of Human Science, Kinesiology section. The program director is Phillip Ward, PhD, and he can be contacted at: ward.116@osu.edu.

Q. When can I apply for admission?

For admission, we are accept applications on a rolling basis during the autumn, spring and summer semesters. The application deadlines for the semester you would begin the program are as follows:

Summer ’18: June 1, 2018

Fall ’18: July 24, 2018

Spring ’19: December 14, 2018

Q. Do I need the GRE?

You do not need the GRE if your undergraduate or other graduate GPA is above 3.0. If your GPA is below 3.0, you will need to take the GRE.

Q. What if my GPA is below 3.0?

If your GPA is below 3.0, the Graduate School will require you to take the GRE and the program will require some evidence that you can perform well in graduate school. The easiest way to demonstrate this is to take 6-9 credits of graduate classes where you can demonstrate a strong GPA. At this point, armed with your new GPA and your GRE score, you can petition the program to be admitted conditionally to the graduate school. We encourage you to contact us to discuss your options. No applicants with lower than a 3.0 CGPA will be reviewed and, or recommended for conditional admission to the grad school until after the April 30th deadline in which all applicants who meet minimum requirements have been first reviewed.

Q. Where can I find the graduate student tuition & fees? 

Click on the link below and go to graduate programs without specialized fees.


Q. What does the requirement of two years of experience coaching mean?

We are looking for students who have some background in coaching. This can be broadly viewed to included paid and unpaid coaching experiences such as assisting volunteering at:

  • Clinics
  • Camps
  • Child, youth and adult recreation leagues
  • Sports settings in schools, clubs, college or businesses

If in doubt, email masterofsportscoaching@osu.edu for clarification. You will need to describe this experience in your resume which you will upload when you apply.

Q. The degree has an expectation that requires me to be actively coaching? What if I am not?

We can assist you in finding school-based, recreational youth and adult coaching opportunities.

Q. How will I be notified of my admissions decision?

After the graduate program has made an admission decision, the program informs the Office of Graduate & Professional Admissions. We then inform you of the decision by sending a notice of admission via post mail and e-mail. To know if a decision has been made on your application, please go to: http://appstatus.osu.edu. You must reference your OSU Student ID number to use the Applicant Center. Contact 614-688-HELP to reset your password. Contact gradadmissions@osu.edu, if you have forgotten your username.

Q. Do you accept transfer of credits into the program?

This is handled on a case-by-case basis after a review of the syllabi of the courses you wish to transfer in. We do not accept transfer credit of non-coaching focused classes.The Ohio State University Graduate School website has more detailed information about transferring credits to graduate degree programs.

Q. Is funding available from the department?

There is no funding available from the department at this time.

Q. Will I get to work with Ohio State sports teams and coaches?

Many students in the MSpC work with Ohio State sports teams. However, the arrangements are to do so at the responsibility of the student. Depending on the team there may be MSpC students already involved in coaching that sport and they may be able to provide introductions to head coaches.

Q. What are the options for taking the degree full-time or part-time?

There are both full-time and part-time options. A full-time degree will consist of 4 semesters over a 2-year period. However, a part-time degree can be arranged to meet your schedule that best works for you. We have do have students that may wish to take more than 2-years, even full time, to complete the degree as well. We can construct a tailor-made program of study with electives that fit your personal and career goals.

Q. Can I transfer between the full-time or part-time program?


Q. Is this a thesis or non-thesis degree?

This is a non-thesis degree. Each student will complete a final master’s written examination. The examination will evaluate the student’s proficiency and understanding of his/her field of study. The exam will consist of two, 2-hour sit-down exams. The first exam will consist of a series of scenarios designed to assess ethical and pedagogical reasoning. The second exam will assess the application of coaching knowledge in the form of short-answer questions. Each exam will be evaluated by the student’s advisor and one faculty member in the MSpC program of study. The exam can be scheduled in any semester the student plans to graduate, but is typically expected in the summer.


For frequently asked questions regarding admission to the graduate school visit: http://gpadmissions.osu.edu/faq/