Based upon Milligan’s mission “to honor God by educating men and women to be servant-leaders,” the Master of Arts in Coaching and Sport Management (MACSM) prepares graduates for leadership roles in athletics.

  • GRE not required
  • 36-credit-hour program
  • Internship opportunities in key roles for valuable experience
  • Competitive tuition and financial aid
  • Caring faculty who provide professional mentoring
  • Focus on Christian principles governing sport
  • Rolling admissions process – start your coursework in fall, spring, or summer


Milligan University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, master’s, education specialist, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Milligan University.


The MACSM program provides students with the focused training in traditional coaching practices or the broader realm of athletic administration. Students’ professional engagement in advanced levels of athletics is supported and promoted with the Christian faith as the basis for serving and leading in contemporary fields of athletics. This program offers a wide variety of electives that will allow students from multiple undergraduate disciplines to tailor their program to meet their specific needs and interests.

Graduates are prepared to apply the principles and practices of communication, leadership, and management in contemporary sports settings. 

For example, some of the courses you might be taking could include:

  • Sport Law and Ethics
  • Psychology of Coaching, Sport, and Exercise
  • Research Methods in Sports, Human Movement
  • Integration of Faith and Sport
  • Management and Leadership
  • Social Context of Sport/Athletics
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Sport Nutrition
  • Advanced Injury Prevention
  • Athletic Recruiting and Budgeting
  • Advanced Exercise Physiology
  • Athletic Media and Communication
  • Facility Management
  • Athletic/Sports Promotion
  • Event Management
  • Managing Human Resources

Select courses from our MBA program can be used to fulfill some requirements.


This 36-credit-hour program is taught primarily on campus in a traditional daytime format, Monday through Friday, with occasional online requirements or options. You can start your coursework in fall, spring, or summer.


The program prepares students for leadership roles in coaching or sport management fields. These career fields are growing, with starting and median salaries ranging from $36,000 to over $100,000 per year.

This program can help you prepare for positions of added responsibility or new positions like:

  • Collegiate Coach
  • Athletic Director
  • Sports Public Relations
  • Sports Marketing
  • Competition Coordinator
  • Game Operations Director
  • League Administrator
  • Event Coordinator
  • Sports Facility Director

For more information, contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies.

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Prepare to lead and serve

The Milligan MACSM


Milligan University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, education specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of Milligan University.

The MACSM degree is pending SACSCOC approval to start in Fall 2022.


Tuition and fees for the 36-credit hour program are approximately $23,100 ($600/hour + fees). We don’t have any hidden fees. Financial aid is available for graduate students. Ask us how our costs compare to other similar institutions and programs! Learn about available aid and payment options »


Application Process

To apply to The Milligan MACSM, please complete the following:

  1. APPLICATION: Completed application, resume, and personal statement.
    • Personal Statement: Submit a two page (typed, double spaced) personal statement to serve as a writing sample that demonstrates a strong written command of the English language, organization, creativity, and analytical skills. You are specifically asked to discuss (1) how the Milligan University MACSM will help you achieve your professional goals and (2) highlight any special achievements/ accomplishments, and as applicable, how you have overcome any past academic weaknesses. Submit online with application.
  2. RECOMMENDATIONS: Two recommendation requests (one academic and one character) will be requested from within the online application. (References may be waived for applicants who have a 3.5 or above.)
  3. UNDERGRAD DEGREE & TRANSCRIPTS: A completed baccalaureate (bachelor’s) degree from a regionally-accredited college. Submit official transcripts from every college attended whether or not the applicant graduated from that school. (Milligan grads: we can request your Milligan transcript for you from the Registrar’s Office.)
  4. INTERVIEW: An Interview with faculty admissions committee may be required.
  5. PREREQUISITESApplicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited institution, but there are no specific prerequisite courses required to apply for the MACSM. The bachelor’s degree can be in any field.


Application deadlines are usually a month prior to the start of the program.


A $150 deposit (credited to your first semester’s tuition) is required to secure your spot in the cohort.


This program is not currently approved by SEVIS to admit and enroll international students.

Student Expectations

All students at Milligan are expected to uphold the expectations and responsibilities for student lifestyles at Milligan University. Milligan University adopts specific rules on the basis of the belief that God’s Word, as the final rule of faith and practice, speaks on many matters pertaining to personal conduct. Therefore, behavior that conflicts with Scripture is unacceptable. Historically, communities also have developed guidelines that help put into practice basic moral and social principles. Such standards serve as a guide toward worthwhile goals relevant to one’s academic, spiritual, social, and physical well-being.

Students should consult the Student Handbook for further guidance regarding acceptable personal lifestyle and conduct while enrolled at Milligan University. A student’s matriculation and enrollment at Milligan University is their pledge to abide by the policies and expectations outlined in the Student Handbook and Catalog.

I certify that all information given in this application is true and correct. If I am accepted as a student and choose to enroll, I pledge to abide by the Christian values as reflected in Milligan’s Lifestyle Expectations.

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