What is Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology?

Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology can provide you with the basis for understanding the thought processes and attitudes of athletes and individuals involved in sport, exercise, and non-sport performance activities. With this understanding, you can then learn to help others improve their performance and/or psychological well-being.

The Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology master's program at Barry University offers three different tracks within the graduate degree.

Applied Track

In this track, you will:

  • Learn how to consult with athletes and exercisers to improve their mental skills
  • Gain practical experience with individuals, teams, and groups in various sites, such as Barry Athletics, Barry Campus Recreation and Wellness, and Evert Tennis Academy
  • Prepare to practice in dynamic, professional organizations, such as The United States Army and IMG Sport Academies
  • Be supervised while accumulating direct and indirect contact hours to become a certified consultant with the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (CC-AASP)

The applied track curriculum includes courses in Performance Enhancement of Psychology, Service Delivery and Professional Practice.

Thesis Track

In this track, you will:

  • Learn the research process and investigate the impact of psychological factors on sport and exercise
  • Gain opportunities to present at professional conferences and publish in scientific journals
  • Prepare for doctoral degrees in sport and exercise psychology, counseling, or other psychology related areas in high ranked research I universities

The thesis track emphasizes courses in Advanced Statistics and/or Qualitative Methodology, Thesis Proposal and Thesis Defense.

Dual Track

In this track, you will:

  • Fulfill the criteria from both the applied and thesis tracks.