Sport Psychology

Sport Psychology Online Master of Science (M.S.) in Exercise Science and Health Promotion - Sport Psychology Concentration

About Sport Psychology

Help athletes develop strong mental fitness through our online master's degree.

Peak athletic performance depends on top physical conditioning - and solid mental skills to compete. Study sport psychology at California University of Pennsylvania to expand your healthcare approach, coaching and training. Cal U's exercise science and health promotion program is nationally ranked and recognized as a leader in offering high-quality education from a historic state university. 

Earn your master's degree in exercise science and health promotion with a concentration in sport psychology in 12 months of full-time study or 17 months part time.

Build skills and knowledge.

Sport psychology courses provide information to assist healthcare professionals, fitness professionals, coaches and others in identifying precursors to injury, as well as psychological effects post-injury and during rehabilitation. Students also:

  • Study the effects of injury, rehabilitation and recovery.
  • Explore performance enhancement and intervention methods.
  • Learn how to incorporate referrals in their practice.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: SPORT PSYCHOLOGY

Well-rounded: Sport psychology offers in-depth study to examine the psychological aspects of sport injuries and rehabilitation; understand psychological perspectives in sport performance enhancement and intervention; and explore the latest research.

Personalized Program: Customize your M.S. in Exercise Science and Health Promotion to suit your professional needs. Select the sport psychology concentration alone for a 36-credit degree program, or add one of these focus areas to create a 48-credit dual concentration:

Certificate options: Students seeking a professional credential instead of a master’s degree can choose the 12-credit, post-bachelor’s sport psychology certificate. In fact, Cal U offers certificates in all of the program areas listed above.

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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says jobs for fitness workers are expected to increase 13% over the next decade due to more demand for employee health and fitness benefits.
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Most full-time graduate programs in exercise science take 18 or 24 months. Complete Cal U's master's degree even faster: 12 months full time.
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Degree Benefits

The sport psychology concentration at Cal U is designed for a range of professionals who want to learn psychological perspectives to enhance practice behavior and provide an all-inclusive approach to recovery:

  • Health and fitness professionals.
  • Personal trainers.
  • Educators.
  • Military professionals.
  • Coaches.
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Graduate Outcomes

Sport psychology enables fitness trainers and coaches to expand their skillsets. Jobs for fitness workers are expected to increase 13% over the next decade, says the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, due to increased demand from businesses, government and insurance organizations offering more employee health and fitness programs.

 
Sport Psychology Concentration - Online Master's Degree
Recognized field.

RECOGNIZED FIELD

The American Psychological Association recognizes the field of sport psychology. Career opportunities are strong: For instance, at least 20 NCAA Division I universities have a sport psychologist on staff; another 70-100 contract with outside specialists.

Dual options.

DUAL OPTIONS

Cal U offers dual concentration options. Study sport psychology in combination with one of these disciplines: applied sport science, group fitness leadership, nutrition, rehabilitation science, wellness and fitness, performance enhancement and injury prevention, or wellness coaching. Dual concentrations can be completed in as little as 18 months.

Global interest.

GLOBAL INTEREST

Cal U's exercise science degree program attracts students from every state and more than 20 countries. Military personnel, veterans and their eligible dependents also enroll in Cal U's 100% online degree program and receive the military tuition discount to support their educational goals.

Sport Psychology Concentration Online Master's Degree Courses

Sport psychology students complete a 36-credit master's degree in exercise science and health promotion. Courses begin in winter and summer.

Course Examples
  • Industrial, Clinical and Corporate Wellness
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Psychological Aspects of Sport Injury and Rehabilitation
  • Psychological Perspectives in Sport Performance Enhancement and Intervention
  • Research in Sport Psychology 

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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements (Regular)  

  • Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.50 or higher (Students with a GPA below 2.50 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • International Global Online Applicants


Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements.  Those admitted conditionally based on missing document/s have up to a maximum of two semesters to satisfy these requirements:
    • Bachelor's degree with a GPA under 2.50 will be reviewed for a decision
    • Unofficial transcripts
    • Resume may be requested
    • Two professional references may be requested
    • Two professional letters of recommendation may be requested
    • An interview by the program coordinator may be requested to determine potential for success in the program.

How to Apply:

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Box 91
250 University Ave. 
California, PA 15419

  • Submit unofficial transcripts and other documents by mail (using the address above), email (gradschool@calu.edu) or fax (724-938-5712)

For additional information:
Email: calugo@calu.edu
Phone: 1.866.595.6348

 

Exercise Science and Health Promotion (M.S.)

Concentrations

 

Select a single concentration as the focus of your degree or add a second approved area of focus to create a dual concentration. Post-bachelor’s certificates are available in these areas as well.

Certifications
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • Certified Specialist in Speed and Explosion
  • Certified Wellcoach
  • Fusionetics®
  • Les MillsTM

 

Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Degree

(3+1 option) for B.S., Sport Management, Wellness and Fitness and Exercise Science and Health Promotions Concentrations

Information

With Cal U's 3+1 accelerated program, transfers into the wellness and fitness bachelor's degree program can transition directly into one of five concentrations in the Master of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotions program with the potential to graduate with both degrees in just 4 years, or less. 

Sport Psychology Faculty

Dr. Carol Biddington
Professor

biddington@calu.edu

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Dr. William B. Biddington
Professor; Interim Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Research

biddington_w@calu.edu

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Dr. Joni L. Cramer Roh
Professor

roh@calu.edu

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Dr. Marc S. Federico
Professor

Federico@calu.edu

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Dr. Jeffrey R. Hatton
Associate Professor

hatton@calu.edu

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Dr. Rebecca A. Hess
Professor

hess_ra@calu.edu

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Christina Lombardo
Professor

lombardo@calu.edu

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Dr. Barry E. McGlumphy
Professor

mcglumphy@calu.edu

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Dr. Linda Platt Meyer
Professor

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Dr. Benjamin Reuter
Associate Professor

reuter@calu.edu

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Dr. Christine Romani-Ruby
Professor

romaniruby@calu.edu

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Dr. Ronald Wagner
Associate Professor

wagner_r@calu.edu

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Dr. Ellen J. West
Associate Professor

West_E@calu.edu

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Dr. Tom West
Professor

west_t@calu.edu

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Additional Resources

Exercise Science Overview

Top 10 Reasons To Get An Exercise Science Master Degree

What Can You Do With An Exercise Science Master Degree/Careers

How To Choose An Exercise Science Concentration