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


100% Online Delivery

Students from California are not eligible for this program. 

Cohort size: 20

7 or 15 week courses


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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.   

Online Degree Format
Months to Graduate
Total Credits
Cost per Credit

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.
Admissions Requirements

Admission Requirements 

  • 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. 

  • Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Resume or CV
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation (can be professional references or academic references)

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. 

Curriculum Overview

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Online Curriculum (M.Ed.)

AEXS 676 - Exercise Psychology

AEXS 678 - Sport Psychology

AEXS 679 - Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology

AEXS 673 - Evidence Based Practice 

AEXS 691 - Professional Ethics and Standards

AEXS 689 - Internship in Sport Psychology 

AEXS 690 - Capstone in Sport and Exercise Psychology

AEXS 677 - Stress Management

PHED 658: Sport in Society OR PHED 681: Inclusive and Critical Approaches to Sport

MOST 624 - Motor Learning and Control

COUN 622 - Counseling Theories

Elective (3 SH)

This is a 36-credit program with two entry points - students may start the program at either the beginning of the fall or spring semesters.  All required coursework and applied experiences can be completed in 18 months if students are enrolled full-time.


Priority Deadlines: 

  • August 1 for fall (September) entry
  • December 1 for spring (January) entry

This program is a total of 36 credits.

The 2022-23 cost per credit rate is $700 per credit.

This program tuition is approximately $25,200.