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Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Sport Coaching


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.

Sport Coaching 2019-2020 Application Deadlines

  • Fall 2019 Quarter Deadline: August 1, 2019
  • Winter 2020 Quarter Deadline: November 18, 2019
  • Spring 2020 Quarter Deadline: February 17, 2020
  • Summer 2020 Quarter Deadline: May 4, 2020

Admission Procedures

The Sport Coaching program was designed for rolling admissions, which means upon acceptance students may begin taking courses during any quarter. Students should apply no more than one year in advance of the quarter they seek to begin. We strive to notify students of their admission status within two weeks of submitting all application materials. Please reach out to Brittany Kahl, Sport Coaching Program Manager, with any questions.

The following items are required to be considered for admission to the Sport Coaching program:

  1. Complete the online application.

    Applicants can save their information in the online application and log in anytime to continue working on their application.

  2. Submit letters of recommendation (minimum 2).

    At least one letter should be submitted from a university instructor, professor, or supervisor who can speak to your academic abilities, motivation, and knowledge of sport coaching. Another letter should be submitted from a coach or administrator whom you played for at the club, high school, college or professional level, OR, a coach or athletic administrator you worked for (e.g., a coach who acted as a mentor or internship supervisor.) If submitting more than two letters, we recommend students select people from varying backgrounds (i.e., coaches, administrators, teachers, athletes, peers, previous employers). Up to four letters of recommendation are encouraged. 

  3. Submit an admissions essay (600 word maximum).

    Applicants must submit an essay that clearly and concisely outlines the three following items:

    1. Your motivation to complete the Sport Coaching degree.
    2. What steps you will take to facilitate your learning in an online environment.
    3. What steps you will take to complete the degree.

  4. Submit all undergraduate transcripts.

    Submit an official transcript from every previously attended college or university. 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

  5. Submit a resume or curriculum vitae. 

    Applicants submit a resume or CV detailing all relevant athletic, coach, and administrative experience. Students should have a minimum of one year related experience. Students with less than two years of related experience should plan on completing an extensive practicum experience.

  6. Complete the University of Denver Office of Teaching and Learning’s Online Learning Readiness Assessment to provide you with insight on how to prepare for the online portion of the degree requirements.

  7. TOEFL/IELTS—Required of all graduate applicants whose native language is not English, regardless of citizenship status: 550 pBT; 80 iBT; or 6.0 IELTS.

We do not require, but encourage, submitting GRE scores. In general, applicants should have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.75, with 3.0 or higher desired. Students should explain in their essay deficiencies in their GPA and what they intend to do to improve upon their undergraduate work. If this is necessary, students can add an additional 300 words to their essay (900 word maximum).

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.

Please contact our admissions team at [email protected] with additional questions regarding the GPA requirement.

Admission Decision

Upon acceptance into the Sport Coaching 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.