Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology, MS

Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology (SEPP) was recently named a “Hot Career” by the American Psychological Association (APA), due to the increased need to address performance in sport and other areas such as health, well-being, and the corporate world. Our program will 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.

Graduates of the program will be prepared for a range of truly exciting careers and opportunities including:

  • Mental Performance Coaching, which involves working alongside individual performers (for example, athletes, coaches, exercisers, and non-sport performers) to enhance their performance using skills such as imagery, self-talk, and anxiety management as well as groups (for example, sports teams) to enhance their cohesion and ability to perform effectively together.
  • Coaching or assisting at the high-school, university or professional sports level.
  • Preparation for further education in counseling or clinical psychology.
  • Preparation for doctoral study, with subsequent plans to research or teach at the university level.
  • Starting a business by combining the Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology degree with a dual master’s degree in Business Administration with the School of Business


The mission of the Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology program is to provide a quality graduate education experience with emphasis on understanding and analyzing the psychological mechanisms and consequences of human movement in sport, physical education, and exercise contexts. You will be prepared for a variety of career opportunities including teaching, coaching, research, fitness leadership, and consulting with emphasis on psychological principles. The program will provide opportunities for you to make professional contributions to the community through research projects, practicum, and attendance at professional symposia.