About This Program

Degree Earned

You'll earn a PhD in sport and exercise psychology.

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Looking for a master's degree?

We also offer a Master of Science or Master of Education in sport and exercise psychology.

Contact

Jasmin Hutchinson, PhD
Director for Sport and Exercise Psychology
Department of Exercise Science and Athletic Training
(413) 748-3601
jhutchinson@springfield.edu

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The Ph.D. in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Springfield College prepares students to be future leaders and scholars in the field. Diverse coursework with an emphasis on psychological, sociological, physiological, and motor behavioral viewpoints equips students with a sound knowledge base that informs their research and practice. Collaborative research experiences enable students to design, execute, and conduct meaningful research to advance the field. Engaging coursework and applied experiences develop our students into informed practitioners who understand the value of evidence-based practices in applied work. The robust education and personalized training students receive in this program prepare them well for their future professional goals 

Upon successful completion of the PhD program, students will be prepared for certification as a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), in conjunction with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC). 

Program graduates will be well prepared to teach sport and exercise psychology and related disciplines at all educational levels. As the majority of doctoral students in this program enter careers in higher education, it is important they acquire the requisite skills and knowledge to be successful in this setting. As part of the doctoral degree, students will complete a sequence of courses that comprise Springfield College’s Preparing Future Faculty Series. This program exposes students to the diverse responsibilities of a career in academia, supports student development of pedagogical and scholarly writing skills, and assists in the transition from doctoral student to faculty member. 

Admissions Requirements

This program enrolls students in the fall term only.

Program prerequisites

  • Anatomy and Physiology I

  • Physiology of Exercise

  • Research competency (master’s thesis or alternative)

*Students are still encouraged to apply if they do not have the prerequisites mentioned. However, students are expected to complete these prerequisites during their first year in the program.

Complete the application form. No application fee.

Start your application process by completing the online application form. Be sure to complete your application by submitting all the required materials outlined in this section. 

Graduate Admissions Essay

Once your application form is processed you will receive an email with your application portal login credentials. Once you login to your application portal you'll be able to upload your essay.

In two to three double-spaced pages, please describe your interest in sport and exercise psychology, your career goals in the field, and why you have chosen to apply to Springfield College. 

Resume

Please include any college activities, out-of-school leadership experiences, work history, and community involvement to support your interest in or qualifications for graduate study. Once your application form is processed you will receive an email with your application portal login credentials. Once you login to your application portal you'll be able to upload your resume

Letters of Recommendation

This program requires three letters of recommendation. Recommenders will receive an email when you submit your application and will be able to upload your letter to your application.

GRE

This program requires the GRE.

The Springfield College GRE code is 3763.

You will be able to input your scores on your application, but please make sure your official scores are submitted.

Interview

This program requires an interview.

Official Transcripts from All Institutions Previously/Currently Attended

  • An official transcript from each college/university you have attended is required.
  • Transcripts must be in English. If the transcript is not in English you will be required to submit a professional credential evaluation completed by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. In some cases, including if you plan to request coursework be transferred, a course-by-course translation is required. For this we recommend the World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
  • In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received directly from the original source, by email to graduate@springfield.edu, or mailed to the college address:

    Springfield College
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    263 Alden Street
    Springfield, MA 01109

International Applicants

All international applicants from non-English speaking countries are required, in addition to the items listed above, to submit:

  • Proof of English language proficiency by way of the TOEFL or IELTS. If your undergraduate degree was earned in the United States and you successfully completed College level English, we will consider English language proficiency met.
  • Please note: Transcripts must be in English. If the transcript is not in English you will be required to submit a professional credential evaluation completed by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. In some cases, including if you plan to request coursework be transferred, a course-by-course translation is required. For this we recommend the World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.

Our Associate Director of International Admissions Nicholas Venn can answer any questions you may have about enrolling in Springfield College as an international student. You may email him at nvenn@springfield.edu or via phone at (413) 748-3891.

To submit materials:

After submitting your online application form you will receive user login credentials to access your student application portal. From that portal, you will be able to upload your graduate admissions essay and your resume. Recommenders will receive an email when you submit your application and will be able to upload their letter to your application. In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received directly from the original source, by email to graduate@springfield.edu, or mailed to the college address:

Springfield College
Office of Graduate Admissions
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109

A. Sport and Exercise Psychology Requirements (18 credits)

  (AEXS 694 is repeated for a minimum total of 6 credits)

B. Related Coursework (12 credits)

C. Research (30 credits)

D. Preparing Future Faculty Series (9 credits)

E. Electives (9 credits)

(to total a minimum of 78 credits)

APPLY ONLINE

Completed applications and all required supporting materials are due by January 15.

Graduate Program Courses $1,105 per credit
Approximate total cost (90 credits) $99,450
Graduate Student Fee* $385
Enrollment Deposit $300

All approximate costs above are based on 2020-21 academic year costs.

*The graduate student fee (full time) includes the following costs for the 2020-21 academic year.

  • Student Government Fee: $20
  • Community Engagement Fee: $35
  • Recreation Fee: $315
  • Class Dues: $15

The graduate student fee (part-time) is $85 per semester.

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