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Degree structure

Degree details

 Graduates of the Master of Sports Coaching will be able to perform the roles required of an elite level coach at both the junior and professional levels.


  • Graduates of the Master of Sports Coaching will have advanced knowledge of the:
  • theory and practice of management related to sports coaching, including the pedagogical approaches to sports coaching, training methodologies and coaching practices, motor skill acquisition and the role of sports medicine in coaching
  • theories and practice of leadership in a sports coaching setting
  • scientific principles of sport nutrition
  • psychological theories that underpin sports coaching
  • research methodologies relevant to addressing questions related to sports coaching
  • ways in which different research practices can advance the body of knowledge in sports coaching.

Graduates of the Master of Sports Coaching will have the cognitive, communication, technical and creative skills to:


  • critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise the scientific knowledge and theoretical approaches that underpin the coaching of elite athletes
  • generate research questions based on critical evaluation of the current literature relevant to sports coaching and critical reflection on professional practice
  • investigate and evaluate research problems related to sports coaching
  • contribute to the development of further evidence and future theoretical and practical developments in the area of sports coaching


  • effectively lead and manage all relevant stakeholders in a range of sports coaching scenarios in culturally diverse environments
  • communicate effectively and respectfully with athletes, coaches, parents, administrators and officials
  • identify opportunities for communicating, and communicate effectively relevant specialist knowledge/research conclusions, professional decisions at conferences, special interest groups and/ or research networks


  • critically evaluate the application of a range of skills in sports coaching scenarios
  • identify legal issues, national and international professional standards relevant to sports coaching, including risk assessment procedures and health and safety regulations

Graduates of the Master of Sports Coaching will be able to:


  • demonstrate an objective and analytical attitude in the application of theories and practices related to sports coaching
  • integrate and apply evidence-based approaches to a range of sports coaching scenarios
  • demonstrate and promote the appropriate application of new knowledge and innovations in sports coaching
  • influence the directions of further research and innovation in sports coaching settings

Graduates will have opportunities in careers such as high performance coach, director of coaching, coach educator or sports development officer in addition to leadership and management roles in sports associations.

Higher education

  • hold a Graduate Certificate in Sports Coaching from Griffith University (or from another tertiary education institution of equivalent standing) with a minimum grade point average of 4.0 (using a 7.0 scale). Students admitted via this pathway may be eligible for up to 40 credit points of advanced standing as determined by the Program Director in accordance with University Policy
  • hold a suitable bachelor degree in a related field (e.g. Exercise Science, Human Movement, Physical Education) AND provide documented evidence of at least three years sports coaching experience. Applicants who only hold Strength and Conditioning and/or Personal Training qualifications do not meet this requirement.

Due to the theoretical nature of the Graduate Certificate in Sports Coaching and the Master of Sports Coaching , the entry requirement of a Bachelor degree needs to be in a related field to sports coaching, i.e. Exercise Science. Human Movement, Physical Education.

VET studies

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to these programs are as follows:

  • A minimum score of 575 on TOEFL
  • OR an internet-based (iBT) TOEFL score of 88 (no score less than 21)
  • OR a minimum overall band score of 6.5 on IELTS (Academic) with no sub-score of less than 6.0
  • OR no score less than 3+ in each skill of the ISLPR (conducted by GELI or ISLPR Language Services only)
  • OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • OR a minimum grade of C on the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)
  • OR a minimum score of 61 in the Pearson Test of English (Academic).

English test results must be no more than two years old.

All credit applications will be assessed according to Griffith University policy and students should contact the Griffith (OUA) Services for further information.

Please note: This program has been withdrawn and will not be available for new applicants.

The Sports Coaching degrees provide expertise to prepare coaches for elite level coaching at both the junior and professional levels through the development of a range of skills, particularly related to leadership and management roles. There is strong demand for well qualified coaches in a wide variety of sports. The Graduate Certificate/Master of Sports Coaching emphasises advanced studies in the scientific, management and leadership aspects of sports coaching.

Recommended Study Pattern

Students are recommended to start with the Graduate Certificate level subjects: PES721; PES720; EDN723; PES722.

PES729 Sports Psychology for Coaches should be completed as the final subject in the degree.

Award Requirements

To qualify for the award of Master of Sports Coaching students must complete twelve subjects.

From 2016 the maximum period for completing this program is 4 years.

Exit Points

The Graduate Diploma of Sports Coaching is an EXIT POINT only from the Masters of Sports Coaching and offers additional industry relevant subjects for those students who do not wish to pursue a research pathway.

To be eligible for the Graduate Diploma of Sports Coaching (GDipSportCoach), a student must acquire 80 credit points as prescribed below:

  • gain 80 credit points for core subjects

Students who exit with the Graduate Diploma will not be eligible for re-admission to complete the Master of Sports Coaching.

Please contact Griffith (OUA) Services for information about exiting with this program.