Sport and Exercise Psychology
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You'll earn a PhD in sport and exercise psychology.
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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.
This program enrolls students in the fall term only.
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.
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.
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.
This program requires an interview.
Completion of a master's degree is required. If your master's degree is in progress and will be completed by the end of your first year of PhD coursework, conditional acceptance may be possible.
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 email@example.com, or mailed to the college address:
Office of Graduate Admissions
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com, or mailed to the college address:
Office of Graduate Admissions
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109
A. Sport and Exercise Psychology Requirements (18 credits)
- AEXS 678 - Sport Psychology Credits: 3
- AEXS 679 - Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology Credits: 3
- AEXS 685 – Measurement in Sport and Exercise Psychology Credits: 3
- AEXS 686 – Exercise Psychology Credits: 3
- AEXS 694 - Special Topics: Professional Seminar Credits: 1-3
(AEXS 694 is repeated for a minimum total of 6 credits)
B. Related Coursework (12 credits)
- AEXS 610 - Advanced Exercise Physiology Credits: 3
- AEXS 689 - Internship in Sport Psychology Credits: 1-3
- (must be taken for a minimum of 3 credits to meet program requirements)
- COUN 622 - Counseling Theories Credits: 3
- MOST 624 - Motor Learning and Control Credits: 3
C. Research (30 credits)
- RSCH 610 - Foundations and Methods of Research Credits: 3
- RSCH 615 - Qualitative Research Methodology Credits: 3
- RSCH 620 - Educational and Psychological Statistics I Credits: 3
- RSCH 712 - Dissertation Proposal Design Credits: 2
- RSCH 720 - Educational Psychology Statistics II Credits: 3
- RSCH 735 - Doctoral Dissertation Credits: 1-14
- (taken for a total of 14 credits to meet program requirements)
- RSCH 740 - Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling Credits: 2
D. Preparing Future Faculty Series (9 credits)
- PHED 710 - Doctoral Seminar Credits: 2
- PHED 715 - Instructional Effectiveness in Higher Education Credits: 3
- AEXS 716 – Scholarly Writing Credits: 2
- PHED 718 - Seminar in Higher Education Credits: 2
E. Electives (9 credits)
(to total a minimum of 78 credits)
|Graduate Program Courses||$1,138 per credit|
|Approximate total cost (90 credits)||$102,420|
|Graduate Student Fee*||$396|
All approximate costs above are based on 2022-23 academic year costs.
*The graduate student fee (full time) includes the following costs for the 2022-23 academic year.
- Student Government Fee: $21
- Community Engagement Fee: $36
- Recreation Fee: $324
- Class Dues: $15
The graduate student fee (part-time) is $87.50 per semester.