MS in Sports Psychology

The field of sports psychology studies the mental and emotional aspects of participating in team sports, exercise, and other forms of physical exercise. Sports psychology programs cover topics such as motivation, inspiration, goal-setting, advanced psychology courses, and more. Most master’s degree programs also require students to complete an internship or research/thesis project to graduate. Job settings typically include private practices, athletic organizations, and businesses.

Steps Toward an MS in Sports Psychology

To become a sports psychologist, requirements vary significantly by state. Successful students typically complete the following steps:

  1. Earn proper undergraduate degree (requirements vary by state). Common undergraduate degrees include Bachelor of Science programs in education, psychology or human services.
  2. Earn proper graduate degrees (requirements vary by state) from an accredited institution like Purdue, Liberty, or Walden University. Typically includes completing a Master of Science degree with a concentration in sports and recreation.
  3. Obtain proper licensure. Licensure requirements differ greatly by state, occupational specialty, and work setting.

Professionals in the field should consider membership with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. They offer membership at multiple levels including the student level. Benefits include a subscription to the quarterly Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, discounted registration at the annual conference and webinars, opportunity to submit for grant proposals, and member-only directories and research areas.

My Degree and What It’s Worth

A sports psychologist is typically responsible for the following job duties:

  • Teaching skills to enhance athletic performance such as goal setting.
  • Study motivation and performance, learning strategies, and achievement.
  • Work with athletes to help them overcome anxiety about performance and competition.
  • Offer case management support and guidance.

Annual salary varies within the profession based on specific type of job, location, and experience. For more on your earning potential in the field of sports psychology, please visit our salary outlook for counselors page.

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