Southern Arkansas University

Master of Science
in Kinesiology - Coaching
at Southern Arkansas University

About the Kinesiology – Coaching Master’s program

Master of Science in Kinesiology – Coaching

Admission to the School of Graduate Studies does not imply admission to Online M.S. in Kinesiology – Coaching degree program.  Students who are seeking entrance into this program must also meet all the requirements listed below prior to enrolling in graduate courses.

  •   Make contact with the Program Director, Mr. Steven D. Dingman, either by phone (870-235-4383) or email (
  •   Complete and return the application for acceptance into the Online M.S. in Kinesiology – Coaching Program packet which includes the following:
  1. Cover letter and resume including a minimum of three references
  2.  “Acknowledgement of Program Requirements” form
  3. The Cooperating Agency / Mentor Approval Form

If required by the cooperating agency, you may be required to provide a copy of your Criminal History background check. You must complete one for acceptance to the program when required by the cooperating agency.

It is the responsibility of each student to read and understand the Student Handbook for the Online Master of Science in Kinesiology – Coaching Degree Program and the Portfolio Guide for the Online Master of Science in Kinesiology – Coaching Degree Program.

Procedure for Criminal History Check

  1. The ASP form 122, Individual Record Check Form, must be completed in its entirety.
  2. A check or money order in the amount of $25 made payable to the Arkansas State Police must be included for an Arkansas record check. An additional check or money order for $19.25, made payable to the Arkansas State Police, must be included for the FBI (national) record check.
  3. The signature on the ASP form 122 or approved agency form must be notarized.
  4. Return form and fingerprint card to:
    • Arkansas State Police, Identification Bureau
      #1 State Police Plaza Drive, Little Rock, AR 72209
    • To contact the Identification Bureau, you may call 501.618.8500.

The ASP form 122 and the fingerprint card are available by contacting the Program Director.

Criteria for Selection into Online M.S. in Kinesiology – Coaching Program

To ensure quality on-line instruction, the class size for each course is set at twenty students. In the event we receive more than twenty applicants to start each rotation the following criteria will be used to determine who will be selected;

1. Undergraduate degree area / GPA
2. GRE or MAT scores
3. Graduate Assistantship at SAU
4. Coaching experience 
Only those applicants who have completed all admission requirements will be considered for selection into the program.

[su_testimonial name=”Brian Schaudt” photo=””]If you are considering a degree in coaching, I would strongly consider and look further into Southern Arkansas’s program… Being a 100% online student, I found the communication excellent.[/su_testimonial]


[su_testimonial name=”Elena Villa Gomez” photo=””]The Coaching-Kinesiology program has been a great asset in my life… I have found a lot of value in it, and have enjoyed my two years here at SAU with the teachers. I love, love, love the teachers in this program. [/su_testimonial]


[su_testimonial name=”Tim McKelvy” photo=”” ]The faculty is exceptional. You’ll have some of the best professors that you can find. They’re very helpful, always approachable. You can call them. You can email them. They are always willing to go above and beyond to help. [/su_testimonial]


[su_testimonial name=”Tyler Sykora” photo=”” ]Overall the program was great! … I really enjoyed the psychology part of it, learning about the different aspects of sports and how stress and different things can affect athletic performance, beyond athletic ability.[/su_testimonial]


[su_testimonial name=”Zach Prothro” photo=”” ]I felt like the experience went really well. I enjoyed all my classes, all my peers and discussions and feedback. Any assignment I did, I enjoyed it because I looked at it from a different perspective because I’m actually coaching now. I’m seeing things happen and as they are happening in front of me, I’m actually writing papers about them and how I handle situtations. [/su_testimonial]

Human Performance and Sport Sciences / College of Education and Human Performance

Hours Required: 33
Categories: Graduate
Completion Time: 2 years *

* Based on 2 classes per semester including summer

The Online Master of Science in Kinesiology – Coaching program (non-licensure) is designed to promote individual change within the professional practice of professionals enrolled in the program.

Students will be able to demonstrate mastery of the Seven Core Responsibilities outlined by the National Standards for Sport Coaches as well as the competencies that have been established for the graduate programs at Southern Arkansas University.  The program will be delivered online to enable working professionals greater flexibility in completing their advanced educational studies.  The online format enables working professionals to complete their master’s degree in a timelier manner.  Many professionals working and/or living in communities within our region, due to restraints of time and distance, are unable to attend evening courses during the school year.  The online environment will allow more educators/coaches greater access to graduate education.

7 Core Responsibilities

  1. Building Relationships
  2. Setting Vision, Goals for Sport Program
  3. Engaging In & Supporting Ethical Practices
  4. Developing a Safe Sports Environment
  5. Creating a Positive & Inclusive Sport Environment
  6. Conducting Practices & Prepare for Competition
  7. Striving for Continuous Improvement

Learning Goals

  1. Our graduates can communicate effectively.
  2. Our graduates are prepared to be personally and socially responsible citizens.
  3. Our graduates can think critically, solve problems, and make informed decisions.
  4. Our graduates can use technology effectively in their fields.
  5. Our graduates have content knowledge in their chosen fields and necessary skills to be successful.

Sports, physical, exercise, occupational, therapist, management, strength, conditioning, physiologist, trainer, football, athletic director, coach, baseball, volleyball, golf, basketball, softball

Program Contact

Mr. Steve Dingman
PO Box 8602
Magnolia, AR 71754

An SAU MS is among the most affordable in the nation.

Average Graduate Tuition and Fees Per Year
















*Tuition and fees are calculated as an average of public four-year universities’ published tuition and fees. Source: Department of Education

Our programs are routinely recognized as the best value programs nationally. SAU offers out-of-state tuition waivers to students from Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas who chose to live in university housing or reside in a bordering Texas county or Louisiana parish.

What our students say

About SAU

Southern Arkansas University offers personalized tour visits, faculty and staff who care about student success, and a caring campus community. SAU also offers traditional and unique academic degree programs that are ranked nationally for quality and affordability.

Nestled in a quiet and beautiful part of south Arkansas, SAU is a great place to call home and to study a broad range of academic programs, including some unique offerings to the state and region. Along with boasting a complete college experience on campus, the University is a short drive from outdoor activities and is central to many regional hubs, such as Texarkana, Shreveport, Little Rock, etc.

Established in 1909, SAU has built on its dedication to student achievement and continues to grow, both on campus and online, with more than 80 degrees in four distinct colleges and the School of Graduate Studies.

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