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  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

A masters degree in positive coaching 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. 

This degree has potential benefits for:

  • Academic advisers 
  • Athletic and performance coaches 
  • Athletic administrators 
  • Military officers 
  • Educators and education administrators 
  • School counselors 
  • Wellness coordinators and life coaches 

Course work covers: 

  • 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

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Completed baccalaureate or advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. A minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
  3. If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 80 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 6.5.
  4. Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
  5. If your GPA is below 3.0, please also submit your résumé and a personal statement.
  6. Letter of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply the name and contact details of a principal, athletic director or other credible reference (e.g. employer, community leader) who can attest to your professional competence, academic preparation and potential for graduate work.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

To apply to this program:

This program accepts rolling admissions, so you can apply at any time. We recommend you submit your application at least six weeks before the beginning of the term in which you wish to start your course work.

Application Deadlines

July 1
November 1
April 1


  • *Core curriculum (9 credit hours)
  • ESC_PS 7195Sport and Applied Coaching Psychology3 Credits

    Sport and Applied Coaching Psychology is a fusion of positive psychology and sport psychology. Positive psychology teaches coaches a healthy approach based in positive motivation and behavior modeling. Sport psychology helps coaches identify with the mental training of athletes and its role in delivering maximum performance. Course focus is on helping coaches maximize the potential of their athletes and teams, while also building upon their emotional and psychological wellbeing. Prerequisites: Restricted Positive Coaching degree seeking students (distance students) or permission of department.

  • ESC_PS 7200Positive Psychology3 Credits

    Positive psychology explores what is positive, creative, and fulfilling in human behavior. It is the scientific study of well-being and flourishing: what people do right. This course will examine cornerstones and key concepts such as emotions, engagement, relationships, strengths, virtues, meaning, and purpose. Proven as a very effective application in the realms of organizations, governments, businesses, education, counseling, etc., it is best originally understood by applying it to oneself.

  • ESC_PS 8195Applied Positive Coaching3 Credits

    Explores concepts of sport, coaching and positive psychology, particularly the interventions and applications designed to further develop a coach's philosophy, communication skills, understanding of motivation, leadership skills, and the coach's and athlete's well-being. Prerequisites: ESC_PS 7195; Restricted Positive Coaching degree seeking students (distance students) or permission of department.

  • *Capstone (3 credit hour)
  • ESC_PS 8300Positive Leadership in Sport3 Credits

    Prerequisites: ESC_PS 7195, ESC_PS 8195, ESC_PS 7200 Required in last semester before graduation

  • *Electives (18 credit hours)
  • ESC_PS 7185Health Behaviors: Drug and Sexuality Education3 Credits
  • ESC_PS 8087Seminar: Character and Ethics in Sport3 Credits
  • ESC_PS 8087Seminar: Resiliency, Grit and Mental Toughness3 Credits
  • ESC_PS 8087Seminar: Psychology of the Injured Athlete3 Credits
  • ESC_PS 8232Foundations of Sport Performance3 Credits
  • ESC_PS 8255Legal Aspects of Sport and Coaching3 Credits
  • ESC_PS 8265Administration of Athletic Programs3 Credits
  • ESC_PS 8270Student-Athlete Wellbeing3 Credits

    Title change: formerly Coaching & Coordinated School Health

  • ESC_PS 8280Gender Issues in Sport3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $367.60
  • Fees: $65.77
  • Total: $433.37
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1102.80
  • Fees: $197.31
  • Total: $1300.11
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $367.60
  • Fees: $65.77
  • Total: $433.37
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1102.80
  • Fees: $197.31
  • Total: $1300.11
Tuition rates are subject to change.

What's it like to take a program online?

  • Earn a quality education online

    With more than 100 online programs to choose from across our four campuses, our online students have incredible access to career-advancing education. Our online courses are developed and taught by the same excellent faculty and instructors who teach the courses on campus. Whether you’re looking for an undergraduate education, graduate education, or a certificate program to further your career, one of our four campuses has an option to fit your needs.

  • Learning that fits your schedule

    Online learning provides students with the flexibility and freedom to attend classes whenever and wherever you are, in a way that is convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue working and by avoiding relocation, travel and commuting costs. Courses must be completed in scheduled time frames, but in most cases, you can log in and complete course work whenever doing so best fits your schedule. Online education means learning on your terms – not the other way around.

  • Service you expect from a renowned University

    Our goal is to provide our online students with an excellent academic experience, without forcing you to make sacrifices in other areas of your life.

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