Concordia University, Nebraska partners with Concordia University Irvine-the nation's leader in graduate programs for educational athletics

Partnership brings together leading Christian universities from California and Nebraska

SEWARD, NE (11/12/2018) Concordia University, Nebraska is now partnering with Concordia University Irvine, the nation's largest provider of graduate programs for educational athletics. This fall, Concordia University Irvine will offer its Master of Arts in Coaching & Athletics Administration (MCAA) and a Master of Science in Coaching & Exercise Sciences completely online to students in Nebraska and surrounding states.

"Pooling our resources with a long-standing program that's been the first choice among coaches and administrators adds value for our students," said Jonathon Moberly, dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Adult Education at Concordia University, Nebraska. "Through this strong partnership, we'll be able to continue developing new programs and initiatives that maintain Concordia University, Nebraska as a leader in educational offerings."

Established in 2005, the accredited and nationally-recognized Master of Arts in Coaching & Athletics Administration program of Concordia University Irvine is the largest of its kind in the country. Courses cover subjects such as ethics in sports, coaching philosophy, sport psychology, and sport pedagogy grounded in Christian values with a servant leadership perspective. Award-winning faculty and instructors-who have won state and national championships, and have been named Coaches of the Year and inducted into Halls of Fame-have backgrounds as athletic trainers, coaches and athletic administrators at high school, college and professional team levels. The MCAA program has graduated more than 3,300 high school and college coaches and athletics administrators from all 50 states and abroad, including three-time Olympic volleyball gold medalist Misty May Treanor, director of volleyball operations at Long Beach City College in Long Beach, California.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of coaches and scouts is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Rising participation in high school and college sports should increase demand for coaches and scouts.

"Over a decade ago, Concordia University Irvine pioneered the way in educational athletics with its Masters in Coaching and Athletics Administration degree program," said Concordia University Irvine MCAA Program Director Tony Diaz. "Partnering with Concordia University, Nebraska helps us expand our reach to leaders in the fields of coaching, athletics, and exercise sciences."

Both degree programs will be delivered by Concordia University Irvine faculty, and conferred by Concordia Irvine. Concordia Irvine is an educational partner of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, the organization that grants professional certification for athletic administrators. Concordia Irvine and Concordia Nebraska are members of the faith-based eight-university system known as the Concordia University System.

About Concordia University, Nebraska
Concordia University, Nebraska, founded in 1894 by The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod, is a fully accredited, coeducational university located in Seward, Nebraska, that currently serves more than 2,500 students. As Nebraska's only Christian College of Distinction, Concordia offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in an excellent academic and Christ-centered community that equips men and women for lives of learning, service and leadership in the church and world. For more information, visit

About Concordia University Irvine
Concordia University Irvine (CUI) is a non-profit Lutheran Christian liberal arts four-year university that prepares students for their vocations-their calling in life. Concordia offers undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs in education, nursing, theology, business, and athletics administration. CUI's undergraduate program is distinctive because of its nationally recognized core curriculum, Enduring Questions & Ideas, and its Lutheran heritage that provides a thoughtful and caring Christian community that lives out the theology of "Grace Alone. Faith Alone." Concordia is a U.S. News Top Tier Regional University and has been named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the fastest growing private nonprofit master's institutions. The university is part of the Concordia University System, the second largest education ministry system in the United States just behind the Catholic Church. The NCAA DII private university enrolls over 4,000 students annually. For more information, visit