Coaching & Athletics Administration/Exercise Sciences

Offered in Partnership with Concordia University Irvine

Concordia University, Nebraska is now proudly partnering with Concordia University Irvine in California in offering the nation’s number one graduate program for educational athletics. Through this unique collaboration, Concordia University, Nebraska and Concordia University Irvine are thrilled to combine their missions and values of developing leaders in the fields of coaching, athletics, and exercise sciences.

Offering both a Master of Arts in Coaching & Athletics Administration and a Master of Science in Coaching & Exercise Sciences, both degrees can be completed 100% online and will be conferred through Concordia University Irvine. Concordia Irvine is a proud partner of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA).

Thousands of coaches and athletic administrators have completed this nationally-recognized program through Concordia University Irvine and are now affecting positive change in top-rated institutions across the United States. There has never been a better opportunity to join this network of coaches and leaders in educational athletics while advancing your own career and pursuing your calling.

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Program At-A-Glance

  • Student Enrollment 800
  • Number of Units 36 (5 core courses, 4 electives)
  • Applications Accepted Fall (August), Winter (November), Spring (February), Summer (May)
  • Terms (semesters) Four 11-week terms per year
  • Application Deadline Rolling deadline*
    *priority given to applications received 30 days prior to start of term
  • Average Completion Time 15 months
  • Accreditation Regionally accredited through Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
  • Delivery Fully online, onsite, 1-week Intensives or a blend of all 3
  • Culminating Project Professional portfolio
  • Program Cost $525 per unit*
    *see Concordia University Irvine site to confirm current cost
  • Application Requirements Online application
    $50 application fee
    Official transcripts from a college or university

The Nation's #1 Program

As one of the first and largest programs in the nation, Concordia Irvine has been a leader in the field for over a decade. Each year, more graduate students enroll in this program than in any other educational athletics program of its kind. That means you're joining a network of over 3,000 alumni across the United States and even internationally.

As coaches across the country look for a leg up, I believe I found mine in doing my master's degree coursework through Concordia University. The staff and curriculum have provided a unique opportunity to look at coaching styles and assess what I like and where I need to improve.
Ashton Makovicka
Lincoln, Neb.
The MCAA program at Concordia University Irvine has shown me benefits in many ways. The ideas and skills I learned through the completion of the MCAA program have rolled over into my coaching duties and aided in the continued development of our football and track programs. I was also able to assume the role of Activities Director and increase my teaching salary due to the completion of a graduate degree.
Nathan W. Lamb
Waverly-South Shore School, S.D.
The timely service of everyone involved in the MCAA program at Concordia is second to none. Everyone has been extremely helpful, genuine, and understanding of individual needs and circumstances. Each course has helped me improve as a professional teacher and coach and has in turn made me a more valuable asset to the athletes I serve.
Clint Manny
Indianola, Iowa

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Applications for the M.A. Coaching & Athletics Administration the M.S. Coaching & Exercise Sciences must be submitted through Concordia University Irvine.

Coaching & Athletics Administration/Exercise SciencesCurriculum

  • Total Credits 36
  • Total Courses 9
  • Course Length 11 weeks

The program is structured so that working professionals like you can fit it into your schedule. Building on the foundation of 5 core courses (20 units), you can customize your curriculum with 4 elective courses (16 units) to earn either your Master of Arts or Master of Science degree.

Core Courses (MA + MS)

    MCAA 510 Principles of Coaching and Leadership
    The purpose of this course will be to promote athletic growth, development, and learning, while teaching age-appropriate skills, including an analysis of National Standards for Sport Coaches (NSSC).
    MCAA 530 Ethics And Sport
    This course will examine and analyze the philosophy and ethics of coaching as students look at how values are communicated, and how to facilitate positive social and emotional growth. Students will write a personal statement of their philosophy of coaching as they work through ethical dilemmas in sport.
    MCAA 550 Research Methods and Analysis
    This course will provide an introduction to action research, research techniques, and professional portfolio development.
    MCAA 580 Legal Aspect of Sport
    Legal aspects of sport administration and coaching, including analysis of liability, application of sport law, and risk management will be included in this course through case reviews.
    MCAA 595 Culminating Project
    In this course students will develop a comprehensive portfolio through the application of the knowledge and skills related to the student's specific area of coaching.

M.A. Coaching & Athletics Administration

The Master of Arts in Coaching and Athletics Administration prepares students with advanced academic and practical training in these areas. Our program is designed for coaches and administrators working at every level in athletics—high school, collegiate, professional, and Olympic. Each course provides training that is immediately applicable to your current position, whether you are new to the field or have years of experience.

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M.S. Coaching & Exercise Sciences

The Master of Science in Coaching and Exercise Sciences program provides a comprehensive study of human movement in the context of educational athletics. The coursework is designed to provide students the knowledge and experience needed for professional careers in educational athletics, including teaching, coaching, performance enhancement, fitness, and health promotion.

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Nothing opens doors like a master's degree from the nation's best coaching and educational athletics program.

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Meet the Team

All of the instructors in the program are experienced in coaching and athletics administration and are passionate about coming alongside students to achieve their goals. All of the curriculum was developed by these faculty members, who remain hands-on in continuing to grow the program.

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