Sport and Exercise Psychology

Master of Education

About This Program

Admissions Contact

Rachel Ahlmeyer
Graduate Recruiter and Admissions Coordinator
School of Physical Education, Performance, and Sport Leadership
(413) 748-3383 
Make an appointment 

Program Contact

Kathleen T. Mellano, PhD, CMPC
Online Program Director
Fieldwork Coordinator for Applied Sport Psychology
Department of Exercise Science and Athletic Training
(413) 748-3858

Curriculum and Delivery

Note: Students from California are not eligible for this program. 

Start Date and Duration

  • Start in September (Fall semester) and January (Spring semester)
  • Attend full- or part-time
  • 7 or 15 week courses
  • Complete the program in 18 months (full-time)

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Upcoming Events

The 50th Anniversary of The Karpovich Lecture
Exercise Physiology Research at Springfield College: Then and Now
October 11, 2023, 6:30 p.m.
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Graduate Open House
Thursday, October 26, 2023, at Noon or 5 p.m.

Springfield College Assistant Professor of Exercise Science Kathleen Mellano works with students on the Blake Track

The online MEd in Sport and Exercise Psychology (SEP) at Springfield College provides students with a holistic perspective of sport and exercise behavior, encompassing psychological, sociological, and physiological 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 for a comprehensive approach. The education and training students receive will prepare them for positions in applied sport and exercise psychology and enhance professional value in other physical activity- and health-related fields (e.g., coaching, strength and conditioning, athletic training).

Who should apply

Our program is designed for diverse learners but is particularly appealing to people who are looking for flexibility in their graduate education and training, cannot or do not want to leave their current jobs, or are unable to relocate to a new city. Any professional looking to move into the sport and exercise psychology or hoping to pursue supplementary graduate education to enhance their professional value are a great fit for this program. All types of students with different academic and professional backgrounds are welcomed and encouraged to apply to this program. 

What you’ll learn 

This unique series of courses highlights the interdisciplinary nature of the field of sport and exercise psychology. Students are exposed to guiding theories and core constructs in their foundational coursework and learn how to apply this material across performance settings. Additional courses in professional ethics, counseling, and motor learning equip students with complementary knowledge and skills to enhance their effectiveness as current and future professionals. 

How you’ll learn

Courses are taught online and are 7 and 15 weeks long. They will follow a high-quality student-centered form of distance learning and will be taught through Springfield College’s sophisticated Learning Management System. Course format may vary depending on course type and corresponding objectives but will be delivered asynchronously online. Synchronous components of this program will include virtual office hours and one-on-one meetings as needed. 

Students complete a 135-hour applied internship experience providing sport and exercise psychology services to athletes or other performers. Remote supervision will be provided by a current Certified Mental Performance Consultant® within the Springfield College Sport and Exercise Psychology program.   

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of established and emerging theories in sport and exercise psychology.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the applications and implications of the scientific method and data analysis on practice within the field of sport and exercise psychology.
  • Demonstrate effective written and oral skills in various formats appropriate for audiences in professional practical and scientific settings. 
  • Understand and demonstrate ethical responsibility as an educator, consultant, and/or researcher within educational, sport, exercise, and performance settings.
  • Apply knowledge of the physical, psychological, and social aspects of sport and exercise to help others maximize performance in sport, exercise, and performance settings.

How to Apply:

Admissions Requirements

  • Complete the FREE online application: Once your application form is processed you will receive an email with your application portal login credentials and instructions for submitting supplemental materials as listed below.
  • Essay: In two to three double-spaced pages, please describe significant life experiences that have contributed to your interest in your field, your understanding of this field, your occupational objectives, and why you have chosen to apply to the online program at 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. 
  • Two letters of recommendation: Two letters of recommendation from a faculty member or direct supervisor: Recommenders will receive an email when you submit your application and will be able to upload your letter to your application.
  • Transcripts: An official transcript from each college/university you have attended is required. In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received directly from the original source, by email to or mailed to the college address: 


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

International Applicants

In addition to the above admissions requirements, all international applicants from non-English speaking countries are required to submit:

  • Proof of English language proficiency by way of the TOEFL or IELTS: Other tests may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please refer to our language requirements for more information on acceptable tests, minimum scores, exemptions, and conditional acceptance. 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 (NACES). For this we recommend SpanTran, with its customized portal for Springfield College applicants. World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. are also recommended for your credential evaluations.

The Office of International Admissions can assist you with questions you may have about enrolling at Springfield College as an international student by emailing

Application Deadlines

Fall Start

  • Application & Supporting Materials Deadline: August 1

Spring Start

  • Application & Supporting Materials Deadline: December 1