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The Smith College graduate program in exercise and sport studies is devoted exclusively to the practice of intercollegiate coaching of women's teams.  Our goal is to produce quality intercollegiate coaches for female athletes. Students with diverse and high-quality undergraduate backgrounds who have had intercollegiate athletic experience as players and/or coaches are prime candidates for the ESS master of science degree.

The program is interdisciplinary by design, combining a background in social science and scientific information about exercise and sports with practical experiences encompassing all aspects of coaching. Graduates of the program are ideally suited to take on the role of head coaches of intercollegiate teams.

Theory courses, seminars and applied skills, in conjunction with a coaching practicum, combine to make up the candidate's 52-credit load over the course of two years. The large number of intercollegiate athletic teams at Smith provides prospective students with a base in which to serve as assistant coaches.

The exercise and sport studies graduate program at Smith College received Level V NCACE (now known as USCCE) accreditation in 2014 and is recognized through the National Strength and Conditioning Association as for our standardized curriculum in the strength and conditioning discipline.