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.
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 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.