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Sport & Coaching Science

Gain advanced knowledge of coaching theory and sports science to excel in coaching at a variety of skill levels or enter sports administration in the public and private sector.

Sport & Coaching Science – Master of Science (M.S.)

The Sport & Coaching Science program at Montana State is a flexible program designed for students who wish to combine their applied experience in sports and the coaching and teaching sciences with advanced coaching and sports theory to elevate their careers to the next level. To accommodate for a variety of professional backgrounds from athletic trainers to coaches on the local, state or national level, the Sport & Coaching Science program boasts a significantly flexible course of study that can be tailored to the candidate’s interests and needs.

The Exercise & Nutrition Sciences graduate program has one additional Option within the Program: Exercise Physiology & Nutrition.




Faculty in the Sport & Coaching Science program include assistant professor James Becker, recipient of the 2019 Young Scholar Award from the Western Society of Kinesiology and Wellness for his research on the affect of how the force applied during running affects the metatarsals of the feet.




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Adventure Awaits
LendEDU has ranked MSU #1 in Outdoor Recreation, due to its proximity to world-class skiing, blue-ribbon rivers for fishing and seemingly endless hiking opportunities, as well as access to rental equipment from the ASMSU Outdoor Recreation Program.

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Nature’s Laboratory
MSU students make Montana, including nearby Yellowstone National Park, their classroom, laboratory and playground.

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Work-Life Balance
Livability has previously ranked Bozeman as one of its Best Places to Live four years in a row, including the #1 best place to live in Montana, calling the city a "tech-savvy, economically vibrant, highly educated city on the grow" with year-round natural attractions.




Fund Your Education

The Graduate School at Montana State is dedicated to helping students secure funding to support their time at MSU. Some resources the Department of Health & Human Development and the Graduate School offer includes:

Additionally, teaching assistantships may be available within the Department of Health & Human Development. Research assistantships may be available with individual faculty members who have funded grants or contracts. Stipends vary depending on the type of appointment, the requirements of the job, the experience of the applicant and available funding.


The Department of Health & Human Development has a variety of facilities available for its students to engage in research opportunities, including:

  • The Marga Hosaeus Fitness Complex
  • The Movement Science Laboratory

Additionally, the Sport & Coaching Science program is designed to tailor to each candidate’s interest, which includes collaborating with Exercise & Nutrition Sciences faculty to build unique opportunities into each candidate’s plan of study.






Admissions Requirements

Each program within the Graduate School at Montana State has its own particular requirements for admission, and the Sport & Coaching Science program is not different. To ensure that you start your application on the right foot, please review the admissions requirements for theSport & Coaching Scienceprogram. This includes any additional deadlines that the College of Health and Human Development may have aside from the Graduate School, which does practice rolling admissions.