Master of Coaching

Pandas Hockey

The University of Alberta's Master's of Coaching (MCoach) degree allows students to advance their knowledge and understanding of coaching through a curriculum tailored to their specific learning needs and objectives.

As an MCoach student you will:

  • Take courses with Professors who are leaders in their field
  • Gain hands-on coaching experience working directly with your Mentor Coach
  • Conduct an independent research project with support from your Academic Supervisor
  • Develop a strong professional network of peers and colleagues

Degree Requirements:

30 credits of coursework including:

  • KSR 580 - Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Research or KSR 581 - Scientific Inquiry and Qualitative Research (3 credits each)
  • KSR 572 - Coaching Practicum (6 credits)
  • KSR 900 - Capping Project (6 credits)
  • Graduate Ethics and Integrity training (8 hours)
  • Professional Development Requirement (students will carry out 8 hours of Professional Development activities and complete an Individual Development Plan)

This leaves students with 15 remaining credits to complete. You may complete these credits by taking courses within the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation or any other Department on the UAlberta campus. Six (6) credits may be completed as a Directed Study.

Students can complete this course-based degree as either a full or part-time student. Full-time students are required to register in and successfully complete 9 credits per fall and winter terms. Part-time students must register in and successfully complete a minimum of 3 credits of coursework for at least one term in each September to August period to keep their program active. Students are not required to meet the Faculty's residency requirement and have 6 years to complete the degree. The time to completion varies owing to part-time status of many students.

Master of Coaching FAQ's

  • Can I continue my own coaching while completing the MCoach?
    Yes; however, to complete the Coaching Practicum (KIN 572) you must engage in a new coaching experience.
  • Can I obtain NCCP credit for completing the MCoach?

    At present there is no formal equivalency in place with the Coaching Association of Canada and the MCoach. However, a strong relationship does exist between the Faculty and the CAC.

    Steps are also being taken to have MCoach graduates granted status as a Chartered Professional Coach (ChPC) and be eligible for national team selection.

  • Do I have to live in Edmonton to complete the MCoach?
    Students in the MCoach can be part time or full time, however, there is no option to take classes online. Therefore, students must be able to attend classes on campus. Most courses meet once a week for three hours over a 13 week semester (Fall and Winter). Courses are also available over the Spring term (4 weeks) and the Summer term (6 weeks).
  • Do I need to know before I apply who I would like my academic supervisor and mentor coach to be?
    Acceptance into the MCoach is contingent upon having an academic supervisor and a mentor coach. Therefore, it is highly recommended that before you apply, you identify and contact a potential academic supervisor from the Faculty's list of Professors. Similarly, to identify a potential mentor coach it is highly recommended that you contact a coach from the Faculty's list of Bears and Pandas coaches. In some cases a student may be allowed to work with a mentor coach who is not a coach at the University of Alberta or who lives and works outside of the Edmonton area.
  • How much does the degree cost and is there financial support available?
    The following link provides details concerning the tuition and fees to complete the MCoach. In terms, of financial support from the Faculty, a number of possibilities exist, including funding as a teaching or research assistant or a principal instructor. To learn more about the fees visit here.To learn more about funding opportunities visit here.
  • What can I do with a MCoach degree?
    Our graduates have gone on to coach in a number of different contexts in Canada and abroad. These include secondary, post-secondary, regional, Provincial and National levels.
  • What is involved in completing the Capping Project?
    The Capping Project is a small scale independent research project that you will develop and complete with the support of your Academic Supervisor. This project is graded as either a Pass or Fail.
  • What is involved in completing the Coaching Practicum?
    Your Coaching Practicum is based on successfully completing 250 hours of coaching under the supervision of your Mentor Coach. This is a Pass-Fail course which requires you to give a presentation, submit a paper and participate in four seminars.
  • Who can apply for the MCoach?
    The MCoach accepts Canadian and international students. You should have some previous experience as a coach and a strong interest in making coaching your career. You must have a four year degree, preferably in a sport-related subject, and be proficient in English. Apply here.
  • Who should I contact if I have further questions
    For administrative questions contact Graduate Programs at For academic or program related questions contact Dr. Jim Denison at 780.492.6824 or by email at