2020 has been an unpredictable year. It brought unique challenges to coaches all over the country who are figuring out how to continue to serve their athletes and schools in the midst of the most frustrating and uncertain times in recent memory.
For many coaches, this time of reset has led coaches to self-evaluate, and turn their hunger for improvement inward. Inevitably, one of the questions that continues to resurface is, “Should I go back to school?”
If you have been asking yourself that question in recent months, but haven’t found the right opportunity yet, the Master’s of Arts in Sport Coaching (MASC) program from the University of Denver might be exactly what you are looking for.
The MASC program educates and prepares strength and conditioning coaches to enhance athlete and team performance with a comprehensive, flexible and individualized curriculum designed by internationally respected faculty experts in coach education.
The University of Denver provides a unique, interactive learning environment in an online setting. Their coursework blends the sport sciences with the psychological, sociological and ethical aspects of sport coaching, in order to help coaches gain the practical skills they need for real-world settings.
Once enrolled, MASC students are continually engaged with not only some of the sharpest minds in coaching and strength and conditioning, but also with a vibrant network of their peers. This environment fosters creativity and innovation, and students graduate as scholar-coaches who will carry what they have learned with them to the coaching ranks, prepared to help take their whole athletic program to the next level.
Frequently Asked Questions
The MASC program is housed in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology, offering specialized coursework and mentorship so students can tailor their education to align with their professional goals. The program runs on a quarter system, and requires a minimum of 46 quarter hours, equivalent to 36 semester hours.
Courses are offered year-round in each of the four quarters: fall, winter, spring and summer, with two required courses being offered each quarter, along with several elective courses.
The MASC degree can be completed in as short as five academic quarters or up to five years. The average student completes the degree within two years.
Core Courses of the MASC Program
The following are required courses, along with the corresponding credit hours in parentheses:
- CPSY 4700: Organization & Administration of Sport (4)
- CPSY 4705: Sociocultural Aspects of Sport Coaching (4)
- CPSY 4710: Motor Learning & Sport Pedagogy (4)
- CPSY 4715: Strength & Conditioning and Injury Prevention Program Design (4)
- CPSY 4720: Psychology of Athletic Performance (4)
- CPSY 4725: Philosophy and Ethics of Sport Coaching (4)
- CPSY 4730: Biomechanics of Athletic Performance (4)
- CPSY 4735: Understanding Sport Research (4)
In as few as two years, you could elevate your coaching and career with an education that not only makes you eminently more qualified on paper, but also deliberately imbues you with the knowledge and skills you need to excel at your craft.
There has never been a better time to start this journey. You can look back in a few years and say, “I wish I had,” or “I’m glad I did.” The choice is yours.