Steven Hughes is your direct contact for the Executive and Professional Coaching program, an Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) as designated by the International Coach Federation (ICF). Steven joined the UTD Coaching program in 2014 and as the Certificate and Master Program Manager. Rounding out the coaching team is Teresa Pool, MCC, who serves as Coach Training Director.

What are the advantages of Executive Education Programs?

University based program housed within JSOM’s Executive Education department

  1. Educational programs for experienced professionals
  2. In lieu of GMAT or GRE scores, admission to the executive coaching program requires a minimum of 5 years of experience in your field as well as professional letters of recommendation
  3. Direct contacts work directly with you during your studies at UT Dallas which allows you to bypass the larger campus departments
  4. A more personalized and accessible program experience
What are the choices for admission?

There are two tracks for the coaching certificate: one with academic credit and one without. The academic certificate may be incorporated into the Master of Science in Leadership and Development with a concentration in Coaching (MS LOD).

Academic Certificate:

  1. 15 hours of graduate level credit that may be applied as a concentration to the Master of Science in Leadership and Development with a concentration in Coaching
  2. Undergraduate degree required as a pre-requisite
  3. Official transcript is available
  4. UTD academic certificate awarded by the university
  5. ACTP Certificate earned upon completion of the program
  6. Veteran’s benefits and employer tuition benefit programs are typically applicable
  7. $13,500 ($900/credit hour or $4500/semester)

Professional Certificate:

  1. An undergraduate degree is not required for admission
  2. No academic credit earned – this coursework cannot be applied to the Master of Science in Leadership and Development with a concentration in Coaching
  3. Certificate earned upon successful completion of the program
  4. May qualify for employer tuition support; confirm with your organization
  5. $12,000 ($6000 due in the first semester and $6000 due in the third semester)

Admission to the Master of Science in Leadership and Development with a concentration in Coaching:

  1. 36 hours of graduate level credit
  2. Undergraduate degree required
  3. Includes the Academic Certificate as a coaching concentration
  4. Eligible for federal financial aid (Stafford Loans)
  5. $32,400 ($900/credit hour)

During the application process, your direct contact for support and information in our program is Steven Hughes. There is no need to work with the university’s general admission office.

What is included in the curriculum?

Curriculum includes four evidence-based models that are foundational to coaching and reframes them for practical application in professional settings:

  • Solution-Focused Coaching
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Cognitive-Behavioral approach
  • Transactional Analysis

The ICF Core Competencies and Ethics are introduced in the first semester and are developed more deeply in three more interactive modules in the second and third semester, adding up to five total topics with instruction and practice labs.

Coaching models and methods are part of every semester and are designed to be applied as they are mastered, including the following:

  • Strategic Inquiry
  • Self-awareness
  • Neuroscience of Coaching
  • Appreciative inquiry
  • Techniques and Practices
  • Positive Psychology
  • Assessments
How does this program prepare graduates for ICF credential application?

The ACTP program includes more than 150 hours of classroom training, mentor coaching and a certification exam at the PCC level:

  1. Certification exams after the instructional and mentoring phase
  2. Meets training, mentoring and certification requirements for the PCC credential given by the International Coach Federation (ICF)
  3. Students can apply for an ACC and/or PCC ICF credential through the ACTP pathway
  4. The UTD Coaching Program has been ICF-credentialed as an ACTP since 2005
How are the 10 hours of mentoring required by the ICF delivered?

The Coaching Practicum focuses on mastering the art and science of the client conversation through mentoring:

  • In the second semester, students participate in Group Mentoring
    • Coaching Circles meet during the class schedule for four 90 minute sessions
    • Students coach and are coached with feedback from one of our highly qualified mentor coaches
    • Feedback is given during the Circle session and written feedback follows
    • Students learn from all perspectives – coach, client and observer
  •  In the 3rd semester, students participate in Individual Mentoring
    • Students fulfill a full coaching engagement cycle with a client of your choice or one provided by the program
    • 4 client sessions are recorded and transcribed, then reviewed by your mentor coach
    • 4 feedback sessions are scheduled by you and your mentor following each client session 
How does the certificate program work?

The certificate consists of a 12-month program taught entirely online in three consecutive semesters

  1. Fall and Spring cohorts matriculate each year – Late August and mid-February
  2. Classes are delivered in an interactive, virtual classroom
  3. Classes are scheduled Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, 5:30-7pm Central
  4. A high quality internet connection leads to a strong classroom experience
  5. Technology allows global connection from mobile devices, tablets and computers
  6. Experienced instructors with active coaching practices
  7. Small group practice sessions held weekly with faculty oversight
  8. Classroom lectures recorded and available the next day
  9. Materials and resources housed in eLearning, the university course management platform, and are available 24/7 for two full years
  10. Exams, quizzes and assignments due dates are designed to include weekend time
What are the benefits of a cohort?

The program is cohort-based to facilitate connection and enhanced learning opportunities

  1. Students in all three program tracks learn and practice together with full access to the same resources
  2. Coaching partners assigned at the beginning of the program
  3. Small group practice teams stay together for each semester
  4. Opportunities to build global connections with colleagues
How do I pay for the program?

Federal Financial Aid

  • The Master of Science in Leadership and Development with a concentration in Coaching two-year degree plan complies with federal guidelines
  • Available aid is determined by FAFSA application results
  • Our Executive Education financial aid specialist assists you; no need to work with the busy financial aid office at the university

VA Benefits

  • Academic credit required to qualify (Academic Certificate and Master of Science in Leadership and Development with a concentration in Coaching)
  • We can connect you with the UT Dallas contact for information and support

Employee Tuition Benefits

  • When you know what you need for approval for tuition benefits, we can support you with any information that is specific to our program (ex: degree or certificate enrollment plan)
  • Most organizations require academic credit to approve benefits, although there are exceptions
  • Be sure to research what your company benefits entail

Executive Education business office

  • Billing is customized by our Student Account Manager
  • There is no need to work with the university bursar’s office
  • Credit cards accepted for online payment (1.9% convenience fee; American Express, Discover and MasterCard only)
How do I apply?

The streamlined online application is available on our website, 

All applications require your resume, a one-page essay and three letters of recommendation. Academic tracks require an official transcript of your undergraduate degree.