The Coaching track in the Sport and Exercise Science MS program prepares students to become more effective coaches by understanding scientific aspects of human performance. Focus will be on the physiological and psychological preparation, evaluation and expectation of athlete performance. Theoretical and methodological aspects of coaching a variety of athletes is also an important element of the program's curriculum.
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Required Courses—15 Credit Hours
- EDF 6481 Fundamentals of Graduate Research in Education (3 credit hours)
- PET 5355 Exercise and Health (3 credit hours)
- PET 5766 Advanced Coaching Theory (3 credit hours)
- PET 6347 Advanced Coaching Methods (3 credit hours)
- PET 6395 Program Design in Strength and Conditioning (3 credit hours)
Elective Courses—15 Credit Hours
Students may select specialization courses from any of these areas with adviser’s consent. Selected courses from other programs or colleges may also be substituted with adviser’s consent.
- PET 5216 Motivational Aspects of Coaching (3 credit hours)
- PET 5495 Critical Issues: Ethics in Coaching and Sport (3 credit hours)
- PET 6515 Assessment and Evaluation in Sport and Exercise Science (3 credit hours)
- PET 6252 Race and Gender in Coaching and Sport Leadership (3 credit hours)
- PET 6391 Training and Conditioning Techniques for Coaches (3 credit hours)
- PET 6376 Sport Nutrition (3 credit hours)
- SPM 5308 Marketing and Promoting Sports and Fitness Programs (3 credit hours)
- SPM 6106 Planning and Operating Facilities for Sports and Fitness Programs (3 credit hours)
- SPM 6158 Leadership and Management in Sports and Fitness Programs (3 credit hours)
- SPM 6726 Legal Issues in Sports and Fitness Programs (3 credit hours)
Thesis Option—6 Credit Hours
- PET 6971 Thesis (6 credit hours)
Nonthesis Option—6 Credit Hours
- PET 6909 Research Report (3-6 credit hours)
- PET 6946 Practicum, Clinical Practice (3 credit hours)
INDEPENDENT LEARNINGThe independent learning experience for the program is PET 6909 Research Report for nonthesis students and PET 6971 Thesis for thesis students.
For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
- Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
- Two letters of recommendation.
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International Transfer Applicants
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Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website
, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information
section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.
Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.