The Master of High Performance Coaching and Technical Leadership is a two to three year, 30 credit specialized program for experienced sport coaches and technical leaders who are looking to advance in their careers and engage in professional development. Through a partnership with the leading national agencies in high performance sport (Own The Podium (OTP), Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), Canadian Sport Institute (CSI) and National Sport Organizations) an exemplary program will be offered using a blended delivery model.
The Master of Kinesiology (MKin) is a non-thesis (course-based) degree with potential areas of study, including Socio-Managerial, Natural/Physical Science, Behavioural Science and Coaching Science. The most popular stream is Coaching Science. No research is involved. This is the main difference between the MKin and MA/MSc programs. The Coaching Science program contains approximately 18-20 graduate students each year, and the average time to completion is 1 year (30-credit program). For more than 20 years, our program has supported the coaching careers of many different sport coaches by enhancing not only their theoretical development but also their practical growth: our internship program allows the students to exploit their coaching philosophy and challenge their skills.
The Coaching Science stream in the MKin program is extremely diverse with more than 30% of graduate students coming from many different countries. This international, collaborative environment fosters the exploration of best practices and encourages the students to seek personal growth through interaction and discussion. We are a small enough cohort that students and faculty are able to enjoy regular one-on-one contact. Additionally, the programs’ flexibility leverages on the wide selection of seminar-based courses and independent directed studies. Lastly, the various streams offer the graduate student the opportunity to enhance their expertise in the interdisciplinary nature of kinesiology.
The MKIN Coaching Science program prepares students for employment in coaching at various levels (high school, club, varsity, strength and conditioning) or in some specific cases to pursue further studies in a PhD program. Recent graduates have taken positions as head or assistant coaches in varsity programs, community programs, and the private sector as strength and conditioning coaches. Those looking to pursue further academics in Kinesiology-related fields have gone to Australia, the UK or the USA. Graduates from this program with teaching certifications, have also become Director of Athletics in their respective institutions.