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Coaching and Performance ScienceMajor

This program will prepare you for the dynamic industries of both high-performance athletics and recreational sport.


What is Coaching and Performance Science at WVU like?


The Coaching and Performance Science major blends cutting-edge sport/movement science and professional development to prepare you for a variety of roles in the both high-performance athletics and recreational sport.

As a profession, coaching has evolved well beyond merely teaching skills and strategy to athletes. Today, coaches need to evaluate and monitor athlete performance from the perspective of both a sport scientist and a sport pedagogist.

To ensure students are prepared for the different specializations within sport coaching, students choose one of three areas of emphasis: Coaching and Leadership, which focuses on long-term athlete development; Strength and Conditioning, to ensure athletes are physically fit for competition; or Applied Sport Science, which focuses on athlete performance and recovery.

In addition to foundation coursework, students complete a series of courses related to career exploration and hands-on learning, such as internship or research experiences.

Coaching and Performance Science program highlights:

At a Glance

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Areas of Emphasis

Tailor this major to your interests by taking courses in one of these areas:

  • Applied Sport Science
    If you are passionate about incorporating technology and data science into training and health optimizations, this path is for you.
  • Coaching and Leadership
    This path prepares you to serve as a coach and leader within a variety of sport organizations and across all levels of sport.
  • Strength and Conditioning
    Learn how to prepare individuals for competition or high performance in a variety of settings.

Fast Facts

What makes Coaching and Performance Science at WVU unique?

Research and Academic Opportunities

Students can pursue research within CPASS or the larger University community, including the Research Apprenticeship Program (RAP) and Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE).

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs)

Live, study and pursue outside-the-classroom learning in a residence hall community that shares your interests:

Transfer Articulation Agreements

In addition to guaranteed admission agreements WVU has transfer articulation agreements with:

Professional Organizations

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How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Recent graduates and current students have completed coaching internships in the following settings:

  • Youth sport organizations
  • Collegiate sport programs
  • Middle and high school athletics
  • Special Olympics or other programs for persons with disabilities
  • Health, wellness and fitness facilities
  • Campus recreation
  • Intramural and club sports
  • Strength and conditioning programs

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Coaching and Performance Science major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

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Graduates from this major have gone to work at:


What are the courses like in Coaching and Performance Science at WVU?

Plan of Study

Check out a program overview, learning goals, course descriptions and suggested plan of study for WVU's Coaching and Performance Science major.

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Popular Courses

ACE 256:
Principles and Problems of Coaching

Designed to teach students the principles and problems of interscholastic athletic coaching.

ACE 330:
Coaching Education Administration

An administrative focus of leadership, finance, fundraising, planning, facility development, personnel supervision, public relations, rules and regulations, purchase and care of equipment and the conducting of athletic events.

ACE 369:
Basic Strength/Condtng-Coaches

Present basic exercise performance methodologies to assist in coaching athletics. Types of training include speed drills, agility drills, conditioning workouts, flexibility exercises, balance- improvement drills, and proper training-environment safety techniques.

ACE 372:
Sport Specific Strength and Conditioning

Present optimal training for athletics of different sports in trained and untrained states. Specific protocols in resistance training and conditioning, correcting specific running and speed mechanics and agility movements.

ACE 410:
Training Theories for Coaches

Application of sport training theories to building, designing and assessing athlete training plans, seasonal team development and long term athlete development from physical literacy to peak performance at all participation levels.

SM 426:
Liability in Sport

An overview of the legal system as it applies to sport, including contracts, tort law, drug testing, types of athletes, product liability, and legal duties of coaches, facilities supervisors, and athletic directors.

Cost and Aid

How much does Coaching and Performance Science at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $411
Per Semester $4,932
Fall and Spring Semesters $9,864
Per Credit $1,114
Per Semester $13,368
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,736
Per Credit $1,114
Per Semester $13,668
Fall and Spring Semesters $27,336
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Ways to Save

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Ohio Tuition Reciprocity

As the result of a special agreement, students from Ohio who are fully admitted to Coaching and Performance Science can enroll at WVU and pay in-state tuition rates. Students must be admitted to both the University and this major.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU. In addition to guaranteed admission agreements Coaching and Performance Science has transfer articulation agreements with:

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What are the requirements to apply for Coaching and Performance Science at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Coaching and Performance Science major, you must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2022-23 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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