Program Overview

Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology Specialization - MS in Movement Science

The specialization in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology combines both theory and practice in preparing you for leadership roles in sport and exercise performance enhancement. Teaching, coaching, consulting, and research are examples of career fields in which professional opportunities are available. You will also be prepared to pursue doctoral study. Degree preparation includes advanced coursework in the sport sciences and in psychology, focusing on the thought processes that ultimately influence the performance of individuals involved in sport and exercise activities. You will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to influence those processes. The program offers extensive opportunities for research and applied practice with state-of-the-art equipment housed in the Performance Behavior Laboratory (PBL).

If you select the "Applied" option (i.e., requiring SES 677 Sport & Exercise Psychology Service Delivery and SES 678 Sport & Exercise Psychology Professional Practice at three (3) credit hours per course), you will be provided with applied experiences and begin accumulating hours applicable toward Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) provisional status certification. You will be responsible for completing, subsequent to graduation, any remaining supervised applied hours and submitting the AASP application materials required for certification. You may need to enroll in additional coursework beyond that listed below for completion of the degree in order to satisfy AASP provisional status certification requirements. Consult with your advisor in the early stages of planning a program of study so that it can be determined if any additional coursework might be necessary.

If you intend to pursue advanced graduate study leading to the doctoral degree, you will be strongly encouraged to select the "Research" option, which requires the submission of a written thesis. During this track you will be required to take either Advanced Statistics in SES or Qualitative Research in SES.
If you are interested in both the applied and research option, you can select the “dual” track, which requires you to fulfill the necessary credits for both tracks. If you choose this option you would be required to take a total of 45 credits instead of the 36 credits required for the thesis and applied tracks. 

Core Courses (15 credits):

To satisfy the kinesiology foundation and analysis of human motion component:

SES 520 Biomechanics3
SES 546Qualitative Analysis in Biomechanics3
To satisfy the ethics component to the university's mission:
*SES 673Professional Ethics in Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology3
To satisfy the research or advanced applied studies component:
SES 616Research Methodology in SES3
SES 689 Thesis I3
SES 690Thesis II3
SES 677Sport and Exercise Psychology Service Delivery3
SES 678Sport and Exercise Psychology Professional Practice3

Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology Courses

SES 537Sport Psychology3
SES 625Motor Learning and Control3
SES 664Motor Development3
SES 660Performance Enhancement3
PSY 531Psychological Disorders3
**Plus a choice of one of the following electives:
(3 credit hours minimum)
CSL 652Individual Counseling Procedures3
PSY 620Behavior Modification3
PSY 526Health Psychology3
PSY 594Physiology and Treatment of Substance Abuse3
PSY 639Introduction to Neuropsychology3

Students must select one of the following areas of emphasis to complete the program requirements:

Applied Emphasis Course Requirement
SES 662Exercise Psychology3
Research Emphasis Course Requirement
SES 624Advanced Statistics in SES3
SES 630Qualitative Research in SES3

Dual Emphasis Course Requirement

All courses are required from both the Applied and Dual tracks