Positive coaching and athletic leadership

Master of education University of Missouri
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A master’s degree in positive coaching and athletic leadership from MU can help you advance your career leading athletes, students and other team members. If you want to help people achieve their optimal performance both as individuals and as team members, this may be the program for you.

Quick facts

Official name

Master of education in educational, school and counseling psychology with an emphasis in positive coaching and athletic leadership


University of Missouri

Program type

Master's degree

Academic home

College of Education | Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology

Delivery mode

100% online


Higher Learning Commission; Teacher Education Accreditation Council

Credit hours


Estimated cost


*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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Career prospects

This degree has potential benefits for

  • Athletes
  • Athletic and performance coaches
  • Club coordinators
  • Athletic educators and administrators
  • Fitness and wellness coordinators
  • eSports coaches

The program is well-suited for athletic and fitness coaches, trainers and coordinators at all levels of sport participation, as well as athletic educators and administrators.

Program structure

The online master’s in positive coaching and athletic leadership is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Courses are semester-based, offered in 8-week sessions.

Most students study part time, taking two classes per semester, and earn their master’s degrees in just two-and-a-half years. Full-time students can complete the program in just one year.

Course work includes

  • Administration of athletics programs
  • Athlete training and conditioning
  • Character and ethics in sport and leadership
  • Emotional health and well-being of the athlete
  • Gender and multicultural issues in sports
  • Wellness and self-care of coaches
  • Sports psychology
  • Positive psychology


100% online

Calendar system


Typical program length

2.5 years

Typical course load

2 classes per semester


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The College of Education is a member of the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.

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