Degree Programme in Sports Coaching and Management
Are you aspiring to become a professional coach? This program presents unique opportunities to enhance and develop your coaching skills through the innovative educational approach of competence-based and student-centered methods. The program includes coaching sports at all levels, sports management within organizations and promoting sports event management.
This program specializes in ice hockey coaching, offering a distinctive chance to immerse yourself in the renowned and highly esteemed Finnish ice hockey culture and coach education, recognized worldwide. The Sports Coaching and Management program has received FULL ICCE endorsement, attesting to its excellence. Haaga-Helia is the second institution globally to achieve this exceptional and high-quality recognition after undergoing a thorough evaluation process.
If your interest lies in a sport other than ice hockey, our program provides ample opportunities to enhance your skill set. Over the years, we have had the privilege of working with numerous sport coaches and athletes from various disciplines within our program. Whether you're a seasoned expert or just embarking on your coaching journey, we are committed to offering you both the opportunity and an environment for your personal growth and development.
Collaboration with Prominent National and International Governing Bodies
Throughout the program, students actively engage in their chosen sport on local, national, and international levels. For instance, students play a continuous role in global ice hockey development due to the program's close collaboration with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), the Ice Hockey Centre of Excellence (IIHCE), and the Finnish Ice Hockey Association (FIHA).
Expertise of the Faculty
The program is taught by highly qualified educators who possess substantial practical experience working with professional athletes and teams. With a student-teacher ratio of 1 to 5, we ensure a conducive environment for student-centered teaching methods.
State-of-the-Art Sport Campus
Our state-of-the-art Olympic training facilities have been upgraded to meet world-class standards, offering an excellent learning environment. Students can also freely utilize these facilities during their leisure time. On-campus student dormitories provide a convenient living option.
Modern Study Approach
Our innovative and modern learning environment is possible through close partnerships with sport industry professionals and networks. These partners encompass clubs, companies, sport associations, and federations involved in various aspects of sport, including coaching, marketing, development, coordination, and events. Our studies are grounded in evidence and practice.
Personalized Study Plans and Real-Life Projects
Students are expected to demonstrate high levels of life management, self-leadership, self-motivation, curiosity, and critical thinking. Collaborating with personal tutor teachers, students create customized study plans tailored to individual needs, enabling continuous self-reflection through a unique tutoring process throughout their studies. Real-life projects include opportunities to coach children in local clubs and assist campus coaches, some of whom work with Olympic athletes and teams.
Why choose Sports Coaching and management at Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences?
- Haaga-Helia is among the most renowned Universities of Applied Sciences in Finland.
- Finland's largest sports education center, featuring a dynamic campus environment in Vierumäki.
- Our safe learning environment encourages teamwork and fosters a unique atmosphere for personal growth.
- Program that seamlessly integrate theory and practice in studies.
- Study for two years on campus and then select your preferred organization or country for a work placement in the third year.
- We boast an impressive employment rate of up to 98 %
- Both teachers and alumni have achieved international success in ice hockey, participating in events such as the Olympics and world championships.
- Our alumni excel in prestigious ice hockey leagues and various other sports organizations worldwide.
Graduates from this program can pursue careers in:
- Sports coaching (with an emphasis on athlete-centered coaching and ice hockey)
- Coach developers
- Instructing and coaching in sports associations, federations, clubs, and gyms
- Managing and organizing sports events and activities
- Administration and management of sports clubs, gyms, associations, and federations.
- Sport entrepreneurs
Scholarship opportunity through Olympic Solidarity
The primary objective of the scholarship programme is to enhance the coaching skills and knowledge of eligible coaches. Selected students who are interested in benefiting from an Olympic Scholarship for Coaches should contact directly their respective National Olympic Committee.
ICCE endorsed at FULL level
Sports Coaching and Management (bachelor of sports studies) has received FULL ICCE endorsement from the International Council of Coaching Excellence.
Full-time studies, August 2024 intake
Joint application to higher education spring 2024
Application period from 3 to 17 January 2024 at 15.00 (UTC/GMT +2).
- Advance assignment will be published on Haaga-Helia website on 3 January 2024.
- Attach your Advance assignment to your application by 24 January 2024 16.00 Finnish time.
- The online interview will be held from 20 to 22 March 2024.
- Application criteria and application form
More information about the entrance examination.
Bachelor of Sports Studies
Scope of the degree: 210 credit points (ECTS)
Degree programme: Sports coaching and management
Mode of Study: Full-time studies
Duration: 3,5 years
Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA citizens:
9 500 €