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Get a step up on the competition — Loras is pleased to offer the first and only graduate Coaching degree in the tri-state area.

Loras now offers the opportunity to pursue a ​Master’s​ ​Degree in​ ​​Coaching Leadership​. Fuel your passion for sports while advancing your career in coaching, athletic administration or other areas of athletic leadership. This one year program is designed for recent college graduates or working adults looking to advance their career.

Schools, colleges, and athletic associations value coaches who have expertise in strengthening, coaching theory, and legal/ethical business practices. This program will provide you with that knowledge, in addition to offering courses in contemporary issues and the psychology of athletes, all of which will facilitate your comprehensive coaching development. Gain experience in the field with a 3-credit internship or capstone in a location based on your personal preference.

This 30-credit, fully online program can be completed at your own pace and in little as 12 months. This flexibility allows students in the program to work full or part-time. Students who may still have athletic eligibility of their own and would like to participate in a D3 sport at Loras will also be able to do so while completing this program.

Loras College has a strong history of providing high-quality education in Kinesiology, Sports Management, and Athletic Training; and our faculty are excited to bring their expertise into the coaching arena. Loras College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Loras is pleased to offer an opportunity for prospective graduate students to enjoy a casual, one-on-one Zoom conversation with the Program Director of your academic program of interest, to learn more about the classes, internships, outcomes, and much more. Get a true sense of what grad school is like from an individual you will be working closely with.

Coaching Leadership Grad Chat

Straight Talk from a Duhawk

Coaching Leadership one year master’s program

“This is such a highly competitive market that every advantage an aspiring coach can get is a huge asset. Coaching at the high school or college level, a Masters Degree is almost a requirement.

Loras already is one of the premier destinations for Sports Management majors, so this is a natural progression for so many seeking a career in coaching or other leadership-driven careers. The experience and credibility that Dr. Marx and Dr. Garrett provide make this program a ‘win-win’ for all aspiring coaches, leaders, and administrators in sports!”

Chris Martin, Head Coach
Duhawk Men’s Basketball

Straight Talk from a Duhawk

"Being able to graduate with a Master’s in one year gives students the flexibility to learn and grow toward their calling as a coach and leader!"

Meet Coach Martin
Application Requirements & Checklist

Master of Arts in Coaching Leadership
Program Application Checklist

Domestic Students Application Requirements PDF


International Students Application Requirements PDF


Course Requirements & Rotation


All courses are three credits and completed entirely online, except the internship/capstone.

One year program completion plan

Sports Nutrition
Legal and Ethical Issues of Coaching
Principles of Coaching and Skill Development

Research Methods and Analysis
Contemporary Issues in Coaching
Inclusive Leadership in Athletic Coaching

Administration and Management in Sport
Applied Sports Physiology
Sport Psychology

A coaching internship/capstone must be completed in the final semester of the program or after completion of 18 credits, as long as the student is good academic standing.

Coaching Leadership Course Rotation (all courses are 3 credits)

Course Descriptions


Sports Nutrition (3)
This course will focus on the fundamentals of sports nutrition tailored towards coaches. Emphasis will be placed on the practical application of basic nutritional concepts as they relate to overall health, improvement of sports performance, effective recovery regimens and hydration. Students will explore nutritional strategies for athletes of varying sports, experience levels and ages.

Legal and Ethical Issues of Coaching (3)
This course will explore the requisite legal and ethical issues most applicable to the coaching profession.   The legal component will include federal legislation and applicable cases on discrimination and labor law.  Students will also be provided information on the topics of negligence, contract law, due process and governing bodies.  The ethical component will apply Catholic social teaching principles to a myriad of issues coaches are likely to encounter in their profession.

Principles of Coaching and Skill Development (3)
This course will provide youth, high school and college coaches the ability to examine many areas in the coaching profession.  Students will develop their coaching philosophy, observe and analyze different coaching and leadership styles, and learn how to best develop a team physically and mentally.  Students will also explore ways of planning, teaching and training technically in sport for multiple age groups.

Research Methods and Analysis (3)
The primary intent of this course is to expose you to the various research processes related to coaching leadership and sport administration. This will include the conception of a research hypothesis, literature reviews, statistical and measurement concepts, types of research/study designs, data collection methods and the analysis and presentation of results. The overarching goal is to develop skill in critically evaluating published or presented research in the field, which may include aspects of Sport and Athletic Industry, Kinesiology, Sports Administration, Athletic Training and Strength Training.

Contemporary Issues in Coaching (3)
This course will explore issues current and relevant to coaches.  Students will be exposed to these critical issues with an emphasis on preparing them for the divergent opinions they will encounter within their constituents.

Inclusive Leadership in Athletic Coaching (3)
This course will focus on leadership theories and practices as applied to sport coaching and administration.  An emphasis will be placed on leadership strategies that are inclusive of men and women, as well as, individuals of varying of races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. Students will explore techniques that are used to overcome significant barriers to inclusion and to leverage talent regardless of background.

Administration and Management in Sport (3)
This course will provide an overview of the administrative duties regularly assigned to athletic coaches.  Administrative responsibilities that may be addressed in the course include, but are not limited to, revenue management, risk management, human resources, public relations, facility management, and scheduling.  Students will have opportunities to apply business management essentials to sport programs.

Applied Sports Physiology (3)
Sports Physiology will allow students to evaluate the basic principles of human physiology with direct application to acute and chronic exercise. This course will focus on the importance of each metabolic system involved in athletic performance, while gaining an understanding of how exercise training is planned and administered. Emphasis will be placed on the practical application of exercise physiology as it relates to coaching and other exercise training professions.

Sports Psychology (3)
Sport Psychology will cover the basic concepts, theories & principles essential to understanding the psychological and behavioral aspects of sport. Emphasis is given to the applied aspects of the social and psychological factors of sport performance including leadership behavior, exercise motivation, personality, and self-perception. This course will serve to aid in the application of psychological principles to coaching in athletics.

Coaching Internship/Capstone (3)
Students will participate in an internship or capstone project of their choosing, in coordination with a faculty member of necessary interest and expertise.

Frequently Asked Questions


Application and Admission FAQ

What are the academic requirements for admission into the Master of Arts in Coaching Leadership?
A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and some level of coaching experience is required for admission.

How do I apply for admission?
Please see the Application Requirements and Checklist section of this webpage.

What are the application deadlines?
Spring enrollment – all materials due by December 1
Summer enrollment- all materials due by May 1
Fall enrollment – all materials due by July 1

Applications submitted after these deadlines will be considered on an individual basis.

What if I’m still finishing up my Bachelor’s degree?
Applicants who are undergraduate students in the process of completing a bachelor’s degree may be awarded a provisional acceptance to Loras’s graduate program based on receipt of their in-progress, unofficial transcript and all other application materials; with full acceptance contingent upon receipt of the final, official transcript(s) and the conferred undergraduate degree. If a program has a minimum GPA requirement, the student must meet the minimum GPA at the time the undergraduate degree is conferred for full acceptance.

Does the Master of Arts in Coaching Leadership program require an undergraduate degree in a specific program? What are preferred undergraduate majors for admission into the program?
The Master of Arts in Coaching Leadership program does not require an undergraduate degree in any specific undergraduate degree identified. Having either a kinesiology, exercise science, or sports management degree may provide some insight as students enter the program.

How long will it take to receive a decision regarding my application?
Immediately following receipt of all application materials, your file will be reviewed by the Director of Admission for Graduate and Postbaccalaureate Programs and you will be notified of an admission decision via email within one week.

How will I be notified of the admission decision?
You will be contacted by email once a decision has been made. If the decision is favorable, you will be required to complete a background check.

Can I take some courses as a non-degree student?
Individuals who would like to take graduate classes for professional development, continuing education credits, or personal enrichment may take up to 9 graduate credits as a non-degree special student. Special students may not enroll in courses without approval from the program director.

In order to enroll in the course(s), students must complete the standard online application (select “Graduate Non-Degree or Licensure Student” as the Admit Type), and email unofficial copies of transcripts from each institution attended to the Director of Admission for Graduate and Postbaccalaureate Programs. The transcripts will then be evaluated by the program director to ensure that any necessary pre-requisite course requirements have been met. Please note that degree-seeking students have registration preference.

After the completion of 9 non-degree credits, a student must then apply for formal admission into the program in order to move forward and take additional courses.

Financial aid is not available to non-degree special students.

Is there an option for conditional admission?
A program director may require specific conditions be completed to meet the program requirements prior to full admission into a graduate program. A student may be awarded a conditional admission if the program director recommends the student complete additional undergraduate coursework to achieve a minimum GPA requirement of the program. If a student has not met all program requirements at the time of application, a student may be awarded a conditional admission per the discretion of the program director. Refer to the individual program policies and program directors for specific conditional admission policies. Not all graduate programs have a conditional admission policy.

How can I receive more information about the Master of Arts in Coaching Leadership program?
For more information about the application and admission process, please contact Megan Henderson: Director of Admission for Graduate and Postbaccalaureate Programs, at or 563.588.7140. For more information about the Coaching Leadership curriculum, please contact Dr. Elaina Biechler: Program Director, at

Curriculum and Class Format

How many credits are required in the Master of Arts in Coaching Leadership degree?
30 credits are needed to meet the course requirements for the Master of Arts in Coaching Leadership.

What is the format of the Master of Arts in Coaching Leadership classes?
All classes, with the exception of the internship/capstone course, are online in an asynchronous format. The internship/capstone course must occur with an athletic team under the direction of any of the Coaching Leadership faculty.

Is there a preferred entry point into the Master of Arts in Coaching Leadership program?
There is no preferred entry point into the Coaching Leadership program; students may be admitted into either the Spring, Summer, or Fall terms.

Does the Master of Arts in Coaching Leadership program accept transfer credits?
Students can transfer a maximum of 9 graduate credits into the program from a previous institution. The courses must be similar in content to coursework offered at Loras and approved by the Program Director.

How long does it take to complete the program?
Students can complete the program in 12 months if they choose. Students also may take 3-6 credits per semester and spread the program across 24 months.

What is a maximum course load per semester?
Typically 9, however students are allowed to take up to 12 depending on their program plan of study that they set up with their advisor.

What is the time commitment outside of class?
Time commitments vary depending on the course and individual’s specific skill set.  As a general rule, students will spend 4 – 6 hours per week outside of classroom instruction on class-related work for each class.

Where are classes held?
All classes are held online through the learning management system, eLearn.

When do classes meet?
Classes are held online in an asynchronous format to allow for flexibility for working students.

Will there be an orientation prior to the first class?
Yes, students are required to attend the Graduate Student Orientation remotely prior to beginning coursework so they can become familiar with the faculty, services and their peers.

Does the program offer online courses?
The entire program, except the internship/capstone is held online.

Is Loras College accredited?
Yes, Loras College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Can I use my current coaching job towards the required internship hours?
Current coaching positions can be used to complete the internship/capstone project with the program director’s approval, however there will be additional requirements above and beyond someone’s normal coaching duties to fulfill this requirement, such as a special project within the related field.

If I’m interested in playing a sport at Loras while in graduate school, how many credits do I have to take?
Graduate students must be enrolled in a degree-seeking master’s program to be eligible to participate in NCAA athletics at Loras (please note that the Graduate Certificate in Applied Analytics does not qualify as a degree-seeking master’s program).

Student athletes enrolled in one of our degree-seeking master’s programs need to have full-time status (taking at least 6 credits per term) during the semester(s) they’re practicing or competing in the sport. Students also need to be making satisfactory progress towards their degree (as determined by Loras). If a student wants to participate in athletics while being enrolled less than full-time, they will need to work with their coaches to determine if they are eligible for a waiver.

Please note that while 6 credits per term is considered full-time for graduate students at Loras, students only need to take at least 3 credits per term in order to be eligible for federal financial aid.


What are current tuition rates for the Master of Arts in Coaching Leadership?
Visit the Graduate section of our Tuition & Fees page for detailed cost information.

Tuition and Fees are subject to change at any time.

Is financial aid available?
Students wishing to obtain a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan must complete the current year FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and take at least 3 credits per term. For more information, please contact our Financial Planning Office at 563.588.7136 or

Loras College does not offer institutional scholarships for graduate students at this time.


Tuition & Fees


Master of Arts in Coaching Leadership Program Cost

Visit the Graduate section of our Tuition & Fees page for detailed cost information.

Employer Reimbursement

The Employer Reimbursement Form must be completed.

Students are responsible for providing the course information, final grades, and billing information to their employer to obtain the reimbursement.

If the employer reimbursement criteria are not met and/or reimbursement is denied, the student must bring their account current before any future registration will be permitted.

Federal Loan Options

Students wishing to obtain a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan must complete the current year FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and take at least 3 credits per term.

The loan will disburse directly to the school to cover the cost of the term.

Graduate students are eligible for $20,500 in loan funds for each academic year.

The Loras College academic year runs from Summer – Spring (i.e. Summer 2020 – Spring 2021)

Contact us if you have additional Billing and Financial Aid Questions

Carrie Jones
Director of Student Accounts

Financial Planning Office

Tuition and Fees are subject to change at any time.


Loras College Department Staff

Elaina Biechler, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor of Kinesiology
Kinesiology Program Coordinator
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Matthew Garrett, Ph.D.
Professor of Sport Management
Chairperson for Faculty Senate
563.588.7165 |
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Anne Marx Scheuerell, Ed.D.
Associate Professor of Sport Management
563.588.7216 |
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Thomas Kult, M.A., C.S.C.S.
Instructor of Kinesiology
563.588.4964 |
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