Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, MS

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About the Program Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, MS

Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology (SEPP) program focuses on understanding and analyzing the psychological mechanisms and consequences of human movement in sport, physical education, and exercise contexts. The program offers extensive opportunities for research and applied practice with opportunities both on campus with Barry’s DII Athletics department as well as off-campus with other local sport, exercise, and performance organizations.

You’ll will also learn from experienced professors who are practicing Certified Mental Performance Coaching (CMPC) consultants. This means you will not only learn the theoretical foundation of SEPP but will also learn vicariously from the professors’ real-world experience and your own hands-on learning.

The program can be tailored to your professional goals with an applied track, thesis track, dual track, and even SEPP/MBA dual degree offering. Whether you are considering a career working directly with athletes and professionals as a CMPC, a coach, or as a licensed psychologist, the SEPP program will equip you with the knowledge and skills to help others improve their performance and/or psychological well-being.

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Program Highlights

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    Hands-On Experience

    Our relationship with Barry’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics enables us to work alongside student-athletes and coaches.
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    All SEPP faculty are Certified Mental Performance Consultants

    Students will benefit from our faculty’s embodiment of the highest standards of professional practice and adherence to ethical principles, as well as commitment to continued professional development.
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    Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP)

    Upon graduation from the MS program here at Barry, students will have completed all the requirements to become Certified Mental Performance Consultants. The program is fully aligned with AASP and students will be prepared to sit for the certification exam after having completed all requirements and hours working with athletes.
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    Flexible Tract Options

    Our program offers students 4 unique tracts designed to support your post-graduation goals. Each tract is individually designed to prepare you for your specific career path after graduation.

Program Options Look-Up Table

Our quick facts table is a fast and easy way to explore the many options you have available to you in the MS, Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology program.

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Our SEPP master's program offers three tracks, along with one dual degree SEPP/MBA option: Tracks and Curriculum

Experiential Learning

If you are considering a career working directly with athletes and professionals as a CMPC, a coach, or as a licensed psychologist, you would want to select the Applied or Dual Track. This curriculum features two semesters in which you are working directly with athletes at Barry U. You will be provided with supervised applied experiences and to begin accumulating hours applicable toward Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) certification as well as the CMPC exam.

Students are granted the autonomy to create and implement a full mental skills training program for NCAA DII student athletes.  Students will work with core faculty to design and deliver mental performance sessions at the individual and group level.  Students will be given the opportunity to shadow in their first year of the program and gain hands on experience with athletes throughout the entire program.

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ for the Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology (SEPP) program at Barry University was designed to supplement the information provided on the SEPP website. Prospective graduate students should review the above website and the FAQ below for detailed information about the program.

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Admission Requirements

The SEPP Program priority application deadline is March 1. This cohort-based program begins each fall with 15 seats available. Admissions Requirements:




Bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA or above


Current Resume


Two Letters of Recommendation


GRE Score (Waivers Available)


Statement of purpose

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    Bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA or above

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    Current Resume

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    Two Letters of Recommendation

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    GRE Score (Waivers Available)

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    Statement of purpose

Admissions Overview International Student FAQs

If you are an international student, applying as early as possible is in your best interest in order to allow ample time for immigration processing. Please be aware that admission to Barry University does not guarantee that you will be granted a student visa by the United States Embassy or Consulate in your country of origin.

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Financial Aid Affordable for you.

At BarryU, our tuition is competitive, affordable and still promises all the perks of a private school education. Our cost per credit is in-line with other institutions, but we offer a mission-driven educational experience and provide our students with small class sizes, personalized attention, and academic excellence. Scholarships, graduate assistantships, and financial aid can also be explored to help offset overall costs.

Barry University participates in the full array of federal and state financial aid programs. At Barry, we are committed to doing all we can to help you finance your education.

Barry University's Financial Aid staff will assist you through the financial aid application process.

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Cost of Attendance Graduate Assistantships

Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, MS Faculty

The odds are definitely in your favor at Barry University. Our student-faculty ratio is only 5:1. That means you get personal attention and guidance, and nobody gets lost in the shuffle. Even more impressive, over 80 percent of our faculty hold a PhD or the highest degree available in their field of expertise.

We seek out professors who are not only great teachers, but who love what they do. Their passion, enthusiasm, and inspiration are contagious, and there's no better way to keep young minds excited about learning and discovering. Beyond each teacher's area of expertise, our faculty is committed to promoting equality, social justice, altruism, diversity, and humility. Through education, everyone can have a voice.

Professional Associations

  • Professional Associations Association for Applied Sport Psychology

  • Professional Associations Society for Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology

  • Professional Associations North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity

You can use the Barry University Scholarship System to find other scholarship opportunities that you may be eligible to receive:

  • Answer as many questions as you like—the more questions answered, the more scholarships you’re matched to
  • Be automatically considered for many of the scholarships available at Barry University
  • Do a keyword search for scholarships and review the criteria to see if your qualifications are a match
The scholarships are funded through contributions from private donors, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, campus organizations, and corporations.
Barry University Scholarships
Kimberly Schaffer

Kimberly A. Shaffer, Ph.D., CMPC Program Coordinator Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology.

Message from the Director

“As coordinator of the Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology (SEPP) program, it’s my honor to introduce the array of opportunities available to you at Barry University. We provide individualized instruction and hands-on experience that helps students transition from learning about theory in the classroom to using mental skills in real-world training programs. Our aim is to develop graduates that excel as certified mental performance consultants, doctoral candidates, business owners, coaches, and more. ”


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