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Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Sport Coaching - Graduate Certificate

Strength and Conditioning and Fitness Coaching Program (online)


Students should submit a completed application at least 6 weeks prior to the quarter they wish to begin. We must receive a completed application along with all required materials by the deadlines below in order for students to be considered for admission for the stated term. Please contact the Program Manager, Brittany Kahl, with related questions.

2020 Application Deadlines

  • Winter 2020 Quarter Deadline: November 18, 2019
  • Spring 2020 Quarter Deadline: February 17, 2020
  • Summer 2020 Quarter Deadline: May 4, 2020
  • Fall 2020 Quarter Deadline: August 3, 2020

Admission Procedures

The Strength and Conditioning and Fitness Coaching graduate certificate was designed for rolling admissions, which means upon acceptance students may begin taking courses during any quarter. Upon acceptance to the program, students may defer their application for up to one year. We strive to notify students of their admission status within two weeks of submission of all application materials. Please reach out to Brittany Kahl, Program Manager, with any questions.

The following items are required to be considered for admission to the Strength and Conditioning and Fitness Coaching graduate certificate program:

1) Complete the online application.

2) Undergraduate Transcripts

Submit all official transcripts from the college or university where the student completed their four-year undergraduate degree.

Transcripts should be mailed directly from your university to the Office of Graduate Education:

Office of Graduate Education
2199 S University Blvd., Mary Reed, Room 5
Denver, CO 80208

3) Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Submit a resume highlighting relevant athletic and/or coaching experience, as well as any significant education and professional experience.

4) Personal Statement 

*Required for the 24-credit graduate certificate ONLY. Not required for the 16-credit specialized certificate. 

Beginning Winter quarter 2020, applicants must submit a 200-word personal statement that clearly addresses the two following items:

1) Your motivation to complete the Sport Coaching certificate in Strength & Conditioning and Fitness Coaching.
2) What steps you will take to facilitate your learning in an online environment.

Admission Status

The University of Denver's Office Of Graduate Education provides oversight for all graduate programs at DU. Consistent with DU policy, the following criteria are used to determine student's admission status:

GPA Requirements:

  • Applicants for graduate study at the University of Denver must meet a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 to be considered for admission. For applicants with an earned master's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution, the GPA from the graduate degree may be used to meet the GPA requirement.
  • Students with a GPA equal to or over 2.5, and a sufficient resume or CV are eligible to receive regular degree student admission into the Strength and Conditioning graduate certificate program.

Admission Decision

Upon acceptance into the Strength and Conditioning certificate program and prior to the beginning of the first quarter, students are required to:

1. Submit proof of CPR & First Aid certification (Red Cross, American Heart Association, or similar level), or the intended completion date of certification. Under no circumstances will students enroll in practicum hours without prior certification and maintaining that certification throughout the quarter enrolled in practicum hours.

2. Complete a background check. Under no circumstance will a student enroll in practicum hours without having completed the background check.

Students are encouraged to contact program manager, Brittany Kahl, at [email protected] or 303.871.3409 to discuss the admissions process and related concerns.