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What is sports and coaching science?

Sports and coaching science equips students for certification via various sports organizations relevant to their athletic area of interest and prepares them for careers in athletic coaching and ancillary fields.

Why sports and coaching science at OSU?

Oklahoma State is one of only four universities in the country to offer an undergraduate degree in sports and coaching science. Courses are taught from a practical learning approach and students are exposed to numerous internship opportunities, including working in professional, collegiate or secondary sport organizations as well as elite training facilities, athletic league officiating or small businesses.

Career paths

Graduates can work with high performance sports and intramural athletics as well as hold roles in administration and facilities management. Those who pursue additional graduate education may find careers in sport psychology, athletic training, strength and conditioning, collegiate coaching and sports management.

Internships at OSU sports coaching




Students are expected to gain professional experience outside the classroom, including completion of a required internship. Typically, the internship experience is during the end of the degree program and part of a summer semester. Possible internship sites include:

  • National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Performance Center
  • U.S. Olympic Training Center (Colorado Springs, Colorado)
  • High school, collegiate, semi-professional and professional sports organizations

Quality of program

Joe Jacobi, Olympic Gold Medalist

"As OSU strives to build athletic programs, while simultaneously creating one of the healthiest collegiate campuses in the country, it understands the role of coaching in achieving athletic goals at all levels. The skills you derive from a world-class coaching program, like that of OSU, are going to serve you in every role you take on, regardless of your career."

- Joe Jacobi, Olympic Gold Medalist and Chief Executive Officer for USA Canoe/Kayak

Gold medal instruction

Students have the opportunity to learn from legendary Coach John Smith, OSU head wrestling coach and two-time Olympic gold medalist. Smith teaches the elective course, "Building and Sustaining a Successful Sports Program."


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