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Gain a theoretical understanding of sport from philosophical, psychological, sociological, and physiological viewpoints in the sport and exercise psychology graduate concentration. The synergy created in this unique area of study provides graduates with the tools and knowledge needed to help athletes and exercisers maximize their performance.

You will take courses in research methods and statistics to prepare you to complete your thesis, which will be based on a research problem you’ve selected related to your personal and professional interests in sport and exercise psychology. Other coursework will explore topics such as motivation, anxiety, attentional focus, leadership, applied sport psychology, motor learning and control, and social and cultural manifestations of sport.

Through applied fieldwork opportunities, you will be prepared for professional work with athletes at various levels of sport participation and for Ph.D. programs in sport psychology or kinesiology. Students in this program can also choose to complete the academic requirements to become Certified Mental Performance Consultants (CMPC) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.

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