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Undergraduate prerequisites

  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II
  • Physiology of Exercise

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

Looking for a doctoral program?

We also offer a Doctor of Philosophy in sport and exercise psychology.

Contact

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

The Master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology is designed for students with a scholarly and applied interest in the field. There is a focus on a theoretical understanding of sport and exercise from psychological, physiological, and sociocultural viewpoints. The interdisciplinary nature of this unique program provides graduates with the ability to translate theory to practice and equips them with the requisite skills to help individuals in sport and exercise contexts maximize their performance.

The graduate student pursuing the Master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology will complete coursework in the theory, measurement, and application of sport and exercise psychology, as well as related coursework (e.g. exercise physiology, motor development/control) for a holistic approach. Students will have the opportunity to select between a traditional “thesis” track for the MS degree and a "non-thesis” track for the MEd degree. Students may elect to complete both tracks with permission from their advisor and graduate program director.   Details about these tracks are provided below.

By the end of the first year and after consulting with advisor/sport and exercise psychology program faculty, students will elect the program they wish to pursue.

*The basic program requires a minimum of 36 credits of graduate coursework. Students who receive a grade of C+ or lower in any three courses will be dismissed from the program.

MS - Thesis Track

The thesis track enables students to pursue their own research interests, with faculty supervision. This track is strongly recommended for anyone who wants to continue on to a PhD program. Students will be involved in all aspects of the research process; conceptualization and design, data collection, data analysis and results write up. This track will culminate with a written thesis and an oral defense (examination) related to the project.

MEd - Non-thesis Track

The applied track enables students to become integrated with collegiate and high school sports programs providing sport and exercise psychology services. This track is strongly recommended for anyone who hopes to become a Certified Mental Performance Consultant. Students will be involved in all aspects of the applied practice process, which includes the conceptualization, development, and implementation of a consulting approach/philosophy, needs assessments, curriculum designs, and evaluations of effectiveness. This track will culminate with a written portfolio and oral defense (examination) related to their applied work throughout their program.

Curriculum Overview

Thesis Curriculum (MS)   Non-thesis Curriculum (MEd)
Research Requirement (12 SH) SH   Research Requirement (12 SH) SH
RSCH 610
Found. & Methods of Research
3   RSCH 610
Found. & Methods of Research
3
RSCH 620
Educ. & Psyc. Stats
3   RSCH 620
Educ. & Psyc. Stats
3
RSCH 612
Proposal Design
2    
RSCH 635
Thesis
4    
Program Requirements (21 SH)   Program Requirements (21 SH)
AEXS 676
Exercise Psychology
3   AEXS 676
Exercise Psychology
3
AEXS 678
Sport Psychology
3   AEXS 678
Sport Psychology
3
AEXS 610
Advanced Exercise Physiology
3   AEXS 610
Advanced Exercise Physiology
3
AEXS 679
Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology
3   AEXS 679
Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology
3
PHED 620: Philosophy of Sport OR PHED 635: Sport in Society 3   PHED 620: Philosophy of Sport OR PHED 635: Sport in Society 3
MOST 624: Motor Learning & Control OR PHED 635: Motor Development and Analysis 3   MOST 624: Motor Learning & Control OR PHED 635: Motor Development and Analysis 3
AEXS 685
Measurement in Sport and Exercise Psychology
3   AEXS 685
Measurement in Sport and Exercise Psychology
3
Electives (3 SH)   Electives (9 SH)
    *These can be tailored to student interests in consultation with the student's advisor. Options include taking more AASP requirements, courses of interest/relevance such as advanced level coaching, and/or taking an internship

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