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Coaching Education- Soccer Track (M.S.R.S.)


Program Information

About the Program

The Patton College of Education at Ohio University and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) launched an online master's degree track in Recreation and Sport Sciences with a concentration in Soccer Coaching in June 2013.  This curriculum is the only sport specific master’s degree program in the United States and the faculty are now accepting applications for its 8th and 9th cohorts of students.  This unique degree program is delivered primarily in an online format with two face-to-face residencies. Cohort 8 will begin in January (10th - 14th), 2017 with an opening residency at the NSCAA Convention in Los Angeles, CA. Cohort 9 will begin with a residency program here at the Athens based campus of Ohio University in June (11th - 15th), 2017. Cohort size is limited to 25 students.

Ohio University's Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy is a leader in the field of coaching education.  The faculty has offered a campus-based program since 2001 and an online program since 2008.  These two program tracks are designed for coaches in all sports and all levels of play and currently enroll approximately 210 students. 

Dr. David Carr, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Coaching Education at Ohio University, has played a key role in the coordination and curriculum development of the program.  He has received strong support in this work from Ian Barker, NSCAA Director of Coaching Education.

Students will work in each course with faculty who are content experts and who have extensive coaching experience.  Because of the online delivery of the program and the way residencies are organized, students in the program can continue to live, work, and coach in their communities while completing their master's degree.  The 12 courses (36 semester hours) are delivered one at a time and it takes approximately 2 years to complete the program of study.

Qualifications for this master's degree program, the application procedure, and other pertinent information can be found by clicking on the links located on the right-hand side of this page, or at the NSCAA website.

The Patton College offers a variety of programs at Ohio University regional campuses and eCampus. All cohort programs and the courses therein are contingent on a specified minimum enrollment of students. Program start dates may be postponed if the minimum enrollment is not reached. This decision will be made no fewer than 30 days prior to the advertised start date.

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For more information, contact:

Dr. David Carr
Associate Professor & Soccer Program Coordinator
Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy
The Patton College of Education
Lindley Hall N292
Athens, OH 45701
(740) 593-4651 or

Michael Sup
Assistant Coordinator - Soccer Coaching Program
Department of Recreation and Sport Pedagogy
The Patton College of Education
Lindley Hall N292
Athens, OH 45701
(740) 593-4626