Colleges for Sports Psychology: How to Choose

Sports psychology involves the application of scientific psychological principles to the area of athletics. Sports psychologists most commonly work as coaches, coaching assistants, athletic consultants or trainers. Degree programs include specializations at the bachelor's, master's and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree levels. Read on for tips on picking a school for your sports psychology studies.

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Sports psychology is sometimes offered as a concentration within broader educational or counseling psychology degree programs. These programs typically exist at 4-year colleges and universities.

10 Schools with Sports Psychology Programs

The following schools are among those offering bachelor's degrees and graduate programs related to sports psychology:

College/University Location Institution Type Degree Offered Tuition (2016-2017)*
Purdue University West Lafayette, Indiana 4-year, Public Master's, Doctoral $4,603.90 in state, $9,401 out of state
University of Denver Denver, CO 4-year, Private Master's $45,288
Northwestern University Evanston, IL 4-year, Private Doctoral $48,624 (2015-2016)
Marian University Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN 4-year, Private Bachelor's $33,000
University of Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, IA 4-year, Public Bachelor's $7,098 in state, $17,640 out of state
Arcadia University Glenside, PA 4-year, Private Bachelor's $40,260
Robert Morris University Moon Township, PA 4-year, Private Bachelor's $27,194 (2015-2016)
Lubbock Christian University Lubbock, TX 4-year, Private Bachelor's $10,483
West Virginia University Morgantown, WV 4-year, Public Bachelor's $7,992 in state, $22,488 out of state
Boston University Boston, MA 4-year, Private Master's $49,176

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, School websites

College Selection Criteria

While deciding on a school and a program level for their sports psychology studies, applicants may want to keep the following in mind:

  • Check whether the school is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).
  • Some schools may be affiliated with important organizations, like the American Board of Sports Psychologists, or others may offer certifications, which can prove helpful in pursuing a career.
  • Consider the amount of hands-on experience a program offers, such as internships or study abroad opportunities.

Bachelor's Degree

Core required coursework covers fundamentals of psychology as well as psychological and sociological applications related to athletics. These typically include studies in the psychological aspects of coaching, exercise, fitness and athletic performance.

Graduate Degree

Graduate programs typically require advanced coursework in educational and sport psychology, research and movement science. Most programs also require related clinical work in the field. Graduate degree programs are offered as master's and Ph.D. programs.

Sport psychology programs are found at many institutions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. For increased understanding and application, students may want to look for a program that's accredited and associated with a major industry organization, which can help with future opportunities.

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