Kinesiology: Coaching (MA, MS)

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Gain in-depth knowledge and practical experience in exercise, sports management, sports psychology, coaching philosophy, leadership, and related subjects, as you prepare for an impactful coaching career with the Kinesiology (Coaching) MA and MS program at Indiana State.

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Program Availability

The MA and MS in Kinesiology (Coaching) at Indiana State University is a traditional, on-campus program offered on the Indiana State University campus in Terre Haute, Indiana. The program is open to U.S. and international applicants who satisfy admission requirements.

Why Earn a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology (Coaching) at Indiana State?

The Kinesiology (Coaching) MA and MS program thoroughly prepares you for fitness, sports coaching, and health promotion professions, as you gain expertise in human movement, injury prevention, and holistic well-being. Our graduates pursue rewarding careers promoting physical and mental health.

Coach Sports to Improve Lives

Our Kinesiology (Coaching) graduate program provides an opportunity for you to advance your understanding of exercise, human performance, sports management, sports psychology, coaching and training, coaching philosophy and ethics, and other disciplines. This degree program combines research and classroom instruction with practical coaching experiences to build your knowledge of athletic movement, conditioning, and the science of coaching and motivation.

Learn from Our Excellent Faculty

Faculty in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport facilitate hands-on activities, including graduate research and clinical experiences in kinesiology, exercise science, and coaching. Working in small class sizes, faculty collaborate with you on projects and provide one-on-one mentorship. They also encourage you to volunteer as exercise coaches, instructors, and mentors at local hospitals, clinics, fitness facilities, and school corporations.

Coach in Our Multi-Use Gym

Graduate students in our kinesiology (coaching) master’s program have the opportunity to practice coaching inside a large, multi-use gymnasium inside the Health and Human Services Building. The gymnasium features multiple courts for basketball, volleyball, badminton, and tennis. There are also weight training facilities, two dance rooms, and a 200-meter indoor running track.

The Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport also provides the Sycamore Outdoor Center, located 18 miles outside Terre Haute. The Center features 80 acres of woods, trails, and lakes for educational and recreational activities.

What You’ll Learn in the Kinesiology (Coaching) Graduate Program

The MA and MS in Kinesiology (Coaching) totals 36 credit hours combining research with practical experience in subjects including human performance, applied sports psychology, administration and management, coaching and training elite athletes, advanced coaching philosophy and ethics, and a variety of other specialized topics.

The program concludes with an independent study in health and human performance and the completion of a thesis project, with an oral defense presented at least seven weeks prior to the degree conferral date. You may also complete an internship to gain career experience in adult fitness, wellness, or sports programming.

Kinesiology - Coaching M.A or M.S

Financial Assistance and Scholarships

Most students accepted into the Kinesiology (Coaching) graduate program receive some form of financial assistance, which is renewable each year. Students may also apply for graduate assistantships. Scholarship awards that waive tuition and fees, exclusive of building and student service fees, are also available.

Career Possibilities for Kinesiology (Coaching) Graduates

Kinesiology (Coaching) graduate students from Indiana State University are prepared for coaching, public health, and wellness professions. These can include positions as coaches, health educators, fitness trainers, community health consultants, public health educators, nutrition and wellness program directors, child development specialists, and related careers.


Indiana State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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Admission Requirements and Instructions

All students seeking admission to the Kinesiology (Coaching) graduate program must apply to be accepted as a graduate student by Indiana State University. Enrollment is accepted for Fall and Spring semesters. To be assured of consideration, all materials must be submitted by August 1 for fall admission and by December 1 for spring admission. Students are selected based on academic background and the review of additional application materials specifically required by the Kinesiology (Coaching) graduate program.

Application Instructions

The following are application instructions and deadlines for the Kinesiology (Coaching) graduate program.

How to Apply 

Complete your online application for program admission at

Submit official transcripts from all colleges previously attended. To be official, transcripts must be sent directly from the college attended to: Graduate Admissions, Indiana State University, Welcome Center, 318 North Sixth Street, Terre Haute, IN, 47809. E-transcripts should be sent to  

Submit a nonrefundable application fee of $45.00 (U.S. citizens and permanent residents) or $65.00 (international students) payable by Visa, MasterCard, or check or money order payable to Indiana State University. Submit payment to: Indiana State University, Graduate Admissions, Welcome Center, 318 North Sixth Street, Terre Haute, IN, 47809.

Submit the following as part of the online application process

  • Three formal letters of recommendation with reference names, emails, and phone numbers 
  • A personal statement essay describing your research interests, academic career goals, experience in the field of kinesiology and coaching, and how graduate school will help you reach your career goals. Please indicate if you would like to be considered for Graduate Assistantship funding and a tuition fee waiver.
  • A current curriculum vitae 

International applicants must submit official scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or provide equivalent evidence of language proficiency. Submit scores to: Indiana State University, Graduate Admissions, Welcome Center, 318 North Sixth Street, Terre Haute, IN, 47809. If studying in the United States, a copy of your current I-94 card, F-1 or J-1 visa, and 1-20 or DS2019 are required. If currently in the United States but not studying, a copy of the applicable visa must also be submitted. Finally, all international applicants to Indiana State University must complete an affidavit of financial support. You can upload the affidavit of financial support and other required documents to your online application. For important information, see Instructions for International Students.

To be assured of consideration for admission, all application materials must be submitted by August 1 (for fall entry) or December 1 (for spring entry). All materials must be received by the deadlines. Applications and application materials received after the deadlines will not be considered for admission.

Next Steps

Once admitted, students receive notification from the University as well as their University ID number needed to activate their University Username on the MyISU Portal. The Portal offers access to online registration, University records, and other important University services, including email and University announcements.

Note: Returning ISU students must apply for re-admission if they have not attended Indiana State University for more than two calendar years.