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Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Sport Coaching

Program Overview

Our comprehensive curriculum prepares coaches for elite level settings, while offering electives for students to individualize their education. Designed for coaches with full-time jobs or students who would also benefit from additional practical experience, our degree can be completed in as short as one calendar year or up to six years. The average student will likely complete the degree within two to three years.

Program Highlights

  • Scholarships are available for students who are admitted to the program. Each student's personal situation, need, and merit are considered when awarding scholarships.
  • The Sport Coaching program is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and is recognized by the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA).
  • Additionally, the program is on register for program level accreditation with NCACE, an "above and beyond" recognition.
  • Sport Coaching program created and led by internationally respected coach educator Dr. Brian Gearity. All students will be advised by Dr. Gearity. 
  • Program designed to be flexible, individualized, and completed fully online. We will also hold, and support, on- and off-campus events such as guest speakers and scholars, coaching clinics and workshops.
  • Courses designed with experts in teaching, learning, coach education and student success.
  • Courses taught by experienced coaches and trained instructors in online education.
  • Course assignments use lifelike coaching issues and problems to help students integrate theoretical and practical knowledge to improve the coach’s decision making and athlete’s performance.
  • Innovative and unique Practicum courses are taught by Dr. Gearity and students are provided their own mental skills consultant, a DU alum, to enhance professional preparation.

Watch to learn why our exceptional online courses are unlike any others:


The vision of the University of Denver’s Master of Arts in Sport Coaching is to deliver rigorous, exceptional, and innovative teaching to educate coaches to serve the athletes they coach and the public good. We will be leaders in the creation and dissemination of the scientific and practical knowledge of sport coaching.


The mission of the University of Denver’s Master of Arts in Sport Coaching is to educate and prepare our graduate students to be quality coaches. We use multiple, student-centered learning strategies to promote a deep understanding of sport coaching.

Program Goals

  1. The Sport Coaching program will provide an exceptional educational experience.
  2. The Sport Coaching program will educate students to act as servant leaders dedicated to the public good, to exercise power responsibly, and to care for athletes and other stakeholders.
  3. The Sport Coaching program will facilitate student’s construction, critique and creation of knowledge. 
  4. The Sport Coaching program will produce quality coaches capable of delivering a multitude of methods to improve athletic and human performance.