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About the Degree

The M.S. in Applied Sport Psychology program is an innovative, interdisciplinary degree designed to prepare students with the knowledge and ability to earn certifications/licensures that will facilitate meaningful employment within in-demand and sought after fields.

This online, asynchronous delivery format will allow current coaches and athletes the opportunity to access this education around their busy schedules. Students will be able to pursue certification as a mental performance consultant or licensure as a limited psychologist as part of this program.

This program will prepare students to be successful as coaches, mental performance consultants, or as clinical sport psychologists.


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Application Details


Deadline: Rolling

  • Admission requirements: 
    • Graduate admission application and requirements
    • Graduate application fee
    • One letter of reference from a professional reference related to sport or psychology
    • Personal statement
  • Preference will be given to individuals with an undergraduate degree in exercise science, psychology, or a related area of study. 
  • GRE is not required.
  • Graduation Requirements:
    • Completion of all required coursework in the Applied Sport Psychology program and a graduate capstone project. 


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Careers in the Field

  • Mental Performance Consultant / Coach
    • The Association for Applied Sport Psychology (2020) reported that the average CMPC earns
      $85,000/yr. Those with the CMPC certification earned 40% more than non-CMPC certified individuals working in the
  • Athletic Coaching (Youth, High School, College, Adult and Professional)
  • Clinical Sport Psychology

Derek Marr

Program Director

Associate Professor, Applied Exercise Science and Health:



Additional Title:

Applied Exercise Science & Health Grad Program Coordinator

Office Location:

222 PEIF

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Derek Marr