Degree Requirements

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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.

View the Recommended Course Plan

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

Students will complete 36 credit hours compromised of the following:

Common Core

  • CSP 571 - Interpersonal Helping Skills (3)
  • HP 630 - Techniques of Research (3)
  • HP 610 - Statistical Methods (3)
  • HP 640 - Seminar in Sport Psychology (1)
  • HP 641 - Psychology of Sport and Exercise (3)
  • HP 644 - Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology (3)
  • HP 646 - Exercise Psychology and Behavior Change (3)
  • HP 649 - Sport in American Culture (3)
  • HP 672 - Psychology of Sport and Athletic Injury (3)

Required Capstone Project

  • HP 694 Alternate Plan Paper (3)
  • HP 696 Manuscript (3)
  • HP 698 Internship (3)

Students should choose 1 of the 3 capstone projects in consultation with their advisor.

Students should adhere to the Recommended Capstone Dates 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: Certified Mental Performance Consultant Option

Choose 6 Credit(s).
*The Certification Option is the gold standard in sport psychology and includes earning applied consulting hours towards provisional "Certified Mental Performance 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)
  • HP 682 - Practicum I & II (1 credit, Fall and Spring Second Year)

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).

For More Information, Contact:

Cindra Kamphoff, Professor and Coordinator of Sport and Exercise Psychology
171 Highland North
Dr. Michelle McAlarnen, Assistant Professor of Sport and Exercise Psychology
182 Highland North