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  • Masters in Sport Coaching Leadership Degree


    Turn your passion for the game into a career

    For most athletes, the joy and accomplishment of competition ends when the play clock is up. Drexel's online MS in Sport Coaching Leadership program allows you to continue with the sport you love, working with fellow athletes as you develop your career and theirs.

    The program is offered by Drexel's full-time faculty and prepares coaches to meet challenges both on and off the field.

    You'll learn:

    • Budgeting and fiscal management
    • Coaching theory
    • NCAA compliance
    • Performance and energy systems
    • Prevention and care of athletic injuries
    • Program development
    • Recruitment strategies
    • Sport psychology

    Program Features

    • A 7-10 day international residency
    • Customizable course deliverables for level and sport(s) of interest
    • Concentrations available in lacrosse and rowing, or create a custom-designed concentration
    • Fully online program allows you to earn a Drexel degree on your schedule

    Optional Sport-Specific Concentrations

    Beginning in Fall 2017, you may choose a sport-specific concentration in lacrosse or rowing. A custom-designed concentration is also available if you're interested in other sports.

    Online Open House

    Join us on Wednesday, January 31st from 3-4 p.m. or 4-5 p.m. EST to learn more about our online Education programs and have your questions answered by a Drexel representative. Register Today!

    Upcoming Webinars

    Creating a Culture of Success
    Tuesday February 13th from 12:15 - 1 p.m. EST - Learn how to assess the current cultural climate of your team, implement strategies for changing the team’s culture, and monitor and continuously improve team culture.

    Creativity is a Martial Art - How to Unlock Your Own "Samurai Creativity"
    Wednesday, February 21st from 12:15 - 1 p.m. EST - Reclaim and develop your own unique creative capacity, learn why creativity is now the leading 21st century literacy and survival skill everyone must develop, and discover where your own creativity lies and how to strengthen it (hint: it’s not a talent, an epiphany, a Muse, or a lightbulb!)

    Non-Matriculated Option

    Interested in applying as a non-matriculated student? Select “Graduate Education Non-Matriculated” as your program of interest on the online application. Official transcripts and a resume are required. Non-matriculated students are not eligible for financial aid.

    Drexel University offers a variety of Graduate Minors that can be added to any master's degree program.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Required Core Courses 
    PHIL 502Ethics in Coaching3.0
    SCL 501Coaching Theory and Principles3.0
    SCL 503Pedagogical Strategies in Coaching3.0
    SCL 504Coaching Psychology3.0
    SCL 614Sport Performance & Energy Systems3.0
    SCL 615Athletic Recruiting3.0
    SCL 619Global Coaching Seminar6.0
    SCL 695Coaching Practicum I0.5
    SCL 696Coaching Practicum II0.5
    SCL 697Coaching Practicum III2.0
    SMT 607Sport Budgets & Fiscal Practices3.0
    SMT 629Managing Coaches & Teams3.0
    Select one of the following Concentrations, or create your own:12.0
    SCL 620Biomechanics in Rowing 
    SCL 621Physiology and Training Methods for Rowing 
    SCL 622Emerging Technologies and Trends in Rowing 
    SCL 623Equipment Management and Rigging for High Performance 
    SCL 624Rowing Safety and Risk Management 
    SCL 625Racing: Rules, Preparation, and Strategy 
    SCL 630History of Lacrosse 
    SCL 631Physiology and Training Methods in Lacrosse 
    SCL 632Emerging Technologies and Trends in Lacrosse 
    SCL 633Equipment and Field Management in Lacrosse 
    SCL 634Lacrosse Safety and Risk Management 
    SCL 635The Women's Lacrosse Game: Rules, Preparation, and Strategy 
    or SCL 636The Men's Lacrosse Game: Rules, Preparation, and Strategy 
    Total Credits45.0

    View Course Descriptions

    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
    • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
      • Provisional admission may be granted if your GPA is below 3.0
      • An admissions interview is required for a GPA below 2.75

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Personal Essay addressing the following:
      • Why you feel drawn to a career in coaching
      • Your career goals
      • How Drexel's program will help you achieve these goals
    • Resume
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    A telephone interview is required as part of the admissions process.


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2017-2018 is $921 per credit. (A 25% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1228 per credit)

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • All students must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

    Academic Calendar

    2017-2018 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2017

    September 25, 2017

    December 9, 2017

    December 11, 2017

    December 16, 2017

    Winter 2018

    January 8, 2018

    March 17, 2018

    March 19, 2018

    March 24, 2018

    Spring 2018

    April 2, 2018

    June 9, 2018

    June 11, 2018

    June 15, 2018

    Summer 2018

    June 25, 2018

    September 1, 2018

    September 4, 2018

    September 8, 2018

    Apply today for the MS in Sport Coaching Leadership

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