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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Sport and Exercise Psychology Faculty and Students at Graduation

Sport and Exercise Psychology Master's Degree Requirements

The program is designed to develop a theoretical base in the discipline of sport and exercise psychology, and better prepare students, coaches, and consultants to apply such knowledge to performance enhancement issues associated with competitive athletics and exercise settings.

Students will complete 36 credit hours compromised of the following:

Common Core

  • CSP 571 - Interpersonal Helping Skills (3)
  • HP 572 - Psychology of Sport and Athletic Injury (3)
  • HP 630 - Techniques of Research (3)
  • HP 610 - Statistical Methods (3)
  • HP 641 - Psychology of Sport and Exercise (3)
  • HP 640 - Seminar in Sport Psychology (1)
  • HP 644 - Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology (3)
  • HP 649 - Sport in American Culture (3)
  • PSYC 505 - Motivation (4)

Required Capstone Project 

  • HP 694 Alternate Plan Paper (1-2)
  • HP 696 Manuscript (1-4)
  • HP 698 Internship (1-10)
  • HP 699 Thesis (1-4)

Students should choose 1 of the 4 capstone projects in consultation with their advisor.

Students should adhere to the [PDF] Recommended Capstone Dates (102 KiB) to most ensure a timely graduation.

  • Alternate Plan Paper
    • Propose before November 25th during third semester
    • Defend before April 24th during fourth semester
  • Manuscript
    • Propose before September 30th during third semester
    • Defend before April 24th during fourth semester
  • Internship
    • Propose in the semester before beginning internship hours
    • Defend during the semester enrolled in internship hours

Emphasis 1

AASP Certification Option
Choose 6 Credit(s).
*The Certification Option is the gold standard in sport psychology and includes earning applied consulting hours towards provisional “Certified Consultant” with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. Students choose this track if they are interested in careers as a consultant, researcher, professor, etc.

  • HP 648 - Professional Ethics in Sport and Exercise Psychology (3)
  • HP 681 - Supervised Experiences in Sport and Exercise Psychology (3)

Emphasis 2

Non-Certification Option
Choose 3 Credit(s).
Students choose this track if they are interested in supplementing their careers as athletic trainers, coaches, etc.

  • HP 570 - Psychology of Coaching (3)

Unrestricted Electives (1-5 credits)

  • Courses should be taken from the Departments of Psychology or Counseling and Student Personnel chosen in consultation with your advisor. Although the following is not a comprehensive list, the courses that students typically take include: HP 514 Physiology of Exercise (3), PSYC 555 Abnormal Psychology (4), PSYC 560 Psychology of Women (3), PSYC 618 Multivariate Analysis (4), or SOC 580 Qualitative Methods (3).

View the Recommended Course Plan

Students work in the Center for Sport and Performance Psychology and gain valuable applied experience.

For More Information, Contact:
Dr. Michelle McAlarnen
Coordinator of the Sport and Exercise Psychology Graduate Program
171 Highland North
(507) 389-1404