Master's in Coaching & Athletics Administration | Concordia University Irvine

Master's in Coaching & Athletics Administration

Concordia University Irvine

Christopher Richardson, MCAA Graduate 2009
Track & Field and Cross Country Head Coach, Cerritos College

Master's in Coaching and Athletics Administration

Now Offering: MS in Coaching & Exercise Sciences

Concordia Irvine’s Master's in Coaching and Athletics Administration is the nation’s number one athletics graduate program, which can be completed 100% online, face-to-face, or a unique blend of both. Thousands of coaches and athletic administrators have completed our program and are now affecting positive change in top-rated institutions across the nation. In addition, we have expanded our program to now offer a Master of Science in Coaching and Exercise Sciences.

Committing to growth and challenging yourself to work hard means the Master’s in Coaching & Athletics Administration is not for everyone. It’s not for folks who like to make excuses. It’s not for people who expect anything less of themselves than they expect from their athletes. It’s for people who want to empower others and be a true leader.

Nation's Best
15 Month Completion Time
36 Total Units
$525 Cost per Unit

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Is It Worth It?

As the nation's largest program – and one of the first to enter the market – the Master’s in Coaching and Athletics Administration at Concordia Irvine has been a leader in the field for over a decade. Each year, more graduate students enroll in our program than in any other educational athletics program of its kind. That means you're joining a network of over 3,000 alumni across the United States and even internationally. But who are we to talk? Take a look at what our alumni have to say about whether the Master’s in Coaching and Athletics Administration is worth it or not.

  • Suddenly I was back at it. School was exciting again. I appreciated school more this time around because I understood, 'This is going to get me from point A to point B.' Each class helped develop my thinking as a coach.

    Misty May-Treanor '13
    Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Director of Volleyball Operations, Long Beach City College, CA

  • Deciding to enter this program has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. I have been able to gain a great deal of knowledge and new perspective that will help both personally and professionally for the rest of my life.

    Matthew Grandinetti '15
    All-Region Coach of the Year, Mid Valley High School, PA

  • I’m very excited to be at Oxnard College coaching softball! It’s the exact job I was hoping for when I enrolled at CUI so I’m thrilled to be here a little over a year after completing the MCAA program. It’s all a dream come true!

    Erin Lawley '16
    Head Softball Coach, Oxnard College, CA

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When you’re ready to champion your career

The Master's in Coaching and Athletics Administration is a flexible, 15-month online degree. Designed by experienced athletic educators, this program is for working coaches and athletic administrators who want to level up and lead.

Fall term begins August 20

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MS in Coaching & Exercise Sciences

Now Offering: MS in Coaching & Exercise Sciences

The nationally renowned Master of Arts in Coaching and Athletics Administration (MCAA) program has expanded to offer a Master of Science in Coaching and Exercise Sciences. The M.S. program provides a comprehensive study of human movement in the context of educational athletics. The coursework is designed to provide students with background knowledge and experience for professional careers in educational athletics including teaching, coaching, performance enhancement, fitness and health promotion.

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Building Your Professional Portfolio

We’re not satisfied with handing you a degree and sending you away with a hand-shake. Concordia Irvine wants to prepare you to level up by curating a professional portfolio along the way. Our capstone requirement sends you out armed with a collection of work that gives you a leg up on the competition.

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Meet the Team

Combining 14 years of insight, CUI was one of the first to test-drive online curriculum for a Master’s in Coaching and Athletics Administration. You will find a distinctive level of care and mentorship here that you won’t find anywhere else.

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Tony Diaz

Program Director

Tony was selected California State Athletic Director of the Year by CSADA. He later was named the U.S. Southwestern Regional Athletic Director of the Year and was a finalist for National Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association of Sports and Physical Education. He is also the recipient of the NIAAA California State Award of Merit and CIF Southern Section Distinguished Service Award.

MCAA Program Director

Tony Diaz, MCAA Program Director, is a former Associate Principal and Director of Interscholastic Athletics for the Oxnard Union High School District and is a recognized Certified Master Athletic Administrator (CMAA). He has been a Coach and Athletics Administrator since 1981. Tony implemented Coaching Education throughout the OUHSD using both the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) and the National High School Federation (NFHS) models. He has trained over 800 coaches and trainers statewide.

Tony earned a Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University and a Master of Arts Degree from Concordia University Irvine’s MCAA program. He is an active member of both the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) and the California State Athletic Directors Association (CSADA) and serves with the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) at both the State and Southern Section level. He is a State representative for the CIF Coaching Education program. He also served on the State Title IX faculty, Sports Medicine, and Athletic Administrator’s committees. At the Section level he is a certified trainer for CIF-SS Pursuing Victory with Honor program, and an Ethics in Sports committee member.

Tony was selected California State Athletic Director of the Year by CSADA. He later was named the U.S. Southwestern Regional Athletic Director of the Year and was a finalist for National Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association of Sports and Physical Education. He is also the recipient of the NIAAA California State Award of Merit and CIF Southern Section Distinguished Service Award.

Tony and his wife, Sylvia, are the proud parents of five children: Alina, Tony Jr., Larry, Matt and Neesa. They also have 1 granddaughter, Lucia.


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Tom White

Founder / Director of Regional Recruiting & Alumni Relations

Tom helped launch our MCAA program in 2005 with twelve graduate students. Currently over 800 students are enrolled in the program. The MCAA program has become a nationally recognized leader in the field of athletic education, viewing coaching and athletic administration as an academic discipline while responding to and implementing change in the world of athletics.

Founder / Director of Regional Recruiting & Alumni Relations

Tom White serves as the Program Director for the Master of Arts in Coaching and Athletic Administration program. His professional career involves experience in all aspects of sport; teacher-coach, athletic director, college coach, school district athletic administrator and school administrator.

Coach White's 44-year career in education, athletics and coaching education spans from Appleton West High School in Wisconsin to the Capistrano Unified School District in Southern California, with stops in La Puente, San Clemente, Capistrano Valley High School and at Saddleback Community College.

Prior to coming to Concordia to found the MCAA program, Coach White was the Director of Athletics and Activities for the Capistrano Unified School District. His responsibilities included the development of the Capistrano Coaching Education program, the implementation of the "Pursuing Victory with Honor" sportsmanship program and providing leadership for the athletic and activities programs which serve the 51,500 students in this public school district.

While at Concordia, Tom helped begin the MCAA program in 2005 with twelve graduate students. Currently over 700 students are enrolled in the program. The MCAA program has become a nationally recognized leader in the field of athletic education, viewing coaching and athletic administration as an academic discipline while responding to and implementing change in the world of athletics.

Professional contributions include service on the Governor's Task Force on Drug Abuse, National Track and Field Advisory Board, CIF Southern Section Track and Field Advisory Committee, CIF Southern Section League Representative, CIF Coaching Certification Instructor, and CIF Sports Ethics Committee. Coach White has presented at regional and national conferences and seminars in the field of coaching education and athletic administration. Additional honors include being named "Teacher of the Year", California Track and Field "Coach of the Year" and named "Coach of the Year" on ten occasions.

Tom is the proud father of two daughters. Carin Searby is a UCLA graduate currently living in Palm Beach, Florida with her husband Fred, daughter Camille (3) and son Frederick (1). Daughter Katie is a Family Practice Physician in San Diego, California.

He feels very blessed and thankful to be in the position in life to help students attain their personal goals and dreams.


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Bill Cunerty

Founding Faculty / Curriculum Developer

Following a very successful High School and Collegiate coaching career, in 2003 Cunerty began working for the Athlete's Performance Institute, training college players for the NFL Combine. In his time with the API, he has coached 6 first round draft picks and 38 players how have gone on to careers in the NFL. Cunerty is the only head coach in California Community College history to have coached state championship teams in three different sports (football, men's golf, and women's golf).

Founding Faculty / Curriculum Developer

Bill Cunerty received his B.A. from the University of Southern California and his M.A. in Education from Cal State Dominguez Hills. While attending USC, Cunerty was a two sport student-athlete, playing football and baseball under legendary coaches John McKay and Rod Dedeaux. Cunerty's teaching and coaching career began at his alma mater, North High School in Torrance, California. The Saxons won the Bay League football championship in his first year as head coach, and he was also a member of the baseball coaching staff that won two CIF championships. After North, Cunerty was the head football coach at Dana Hills High School and then Capistrano Valley High School, leading both schools to CIF playoff appearances during his tenure.

Bill Cunerty began his collegiate coaching career as the offensive coordinator for Saddleback College, and was part of two National Championships. After 14 years as the offensive coordinator, Cunerty was selected as the head football coach in 1995. In his first year as head coach, the Gauchos won the Mission Conference championship and the Simple Green Bowl. The following season, Saddleback won the National Championship and Cunerty was selected as the NCAA's National Junior College Coach of the Year. Coach Cunerty is also a founding partner, along with Mike Holmgren and Jim Fassel, of the West Coast Passing School; a camp that was attended by over 1,800 high school quarterbacks and receivers. In 2003 Cunerty began working for the Athlete's Performance Institute, training college players for the NFL Combine. In his time with the API, he has coached 6 first round draft picks and 38 players who have gone on to careers in the NFL.

In addition to his success on the football field, Cunerty has been just as successful on the golf course. Cunerty is the only head coach in California Community College history to have coached state championship teams in three different sports (football, men's golf, and women's golf). Cunerty continues his work as a color analyst for Cox 3 for Orange County high school and college teams. He is very active in the community, and was recognized for these efforts in 2008 by the Boy Scouts of America, being selected as one of six "Men of Character".


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For over a decade, we’ve been change-agents for coaches and administrators like you who are ready to energize their career and make their organization better. The things you need to learn, to go from where you are to where you want to go, take experience. All of the instructors in our MCAA program are experienced in coaching and athletics administration and look forward to helping you lean in and get to the goal.

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Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition/Fee Cost
Application Fee $50
Tuition $525/unit
Total Tuition $18,900
Books $800 - $1,000

We're proud to offer our Master of Arts and Master of Science degree programs at a competitive tuition price with financial aid available. For your convenience we offer payment plans for our graduate students. Our counselors are available to help you plan how to finance your education. We can also walk you through the process of applying for financial aid.

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