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Master of Science, Kinesiology, Sport and Exercise Psychology Concentration

Format: In person on the Statesboro Campus
Credit Hours: 36
Entry Terms: Fall

Georgia Southern University’s Master of Science in Kinesiology with a sport and exercise psychology concentration integrates science and application in mental skills training and life skills development. Designed for students interested in applied work and/or research in the sport and exercise psychology discipline, the degree is grounded in the fundamentals of the scientific process and theory for research and supervised applied work within individual and group/team environments. Following completion of the program, students are able to competitively pursue various applied positions within the discipline and/or admission into doctoral programs within the field.

You will be prepared to pursue advanced sport and exercise psychology careers.

Choose From Two Sport and Exercise Psychology Tracks

The Sport and Exercise Psychology practicum, requires you to complete a research-based thesis or applied internship experience. 

The sport and exercise psychology master’s program provides a comprehensive and rigorous curriculum aligned with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology requirements for Certification.

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Careers and Opportunities

Career and educational opportunities in sport & exercise psychology are diverse, ranging from personal counseling and consulting to research. Specific positions include doctoral student, performance enhancement consultant in sport and fitness, college instructor, research assistant, athletic administration, recreation administration and coaching.

Career Opportunities

Recent graduates have gone on to pursue the following career opportunities:

  • Mental Trainer at a golf academy
  • Behavioral Health Intern with a MLB team
  • Collegiate coaching positions
  • Life skills coordinators in university athletic departments
  • CSF-Prep
  • Academic advisors in student-athlete services
  • Weight management and exercise behavior consultants in fitness facilities

Educational Opportunities

The graduate program in sport & exercise psychology also prepares students for advanced graduate study. Possible Sport & Exercise Psychology Doctoral Programs housed in either Kinesiology/Sport Science or Counseling/Clinical Departments after completing this program:

  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Kansas
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • University of Northern Colorado
  • University of Missouri
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro
  • Temple University
  • University of Idaho
  • University of South Carolina
  • Ball State University
  • West Virginia University
  • University of Utah
  • Michigan State University
  • Springfield College
  • Georgia State University

Although students have attended other doctoral programs in years past, these applied doctoral programs coincide with the preparation and training that you will receive at Georgia Southern University.

Applied and Professional Development Opportunities

Not all students may be able to experience ALL opportunities

  • Exercise and weight management behavioral consultations at Wellsprings Camps
  • Annual Association for Applied Sport Psychology conference attendance
  • International sport and exercise psychology conference attendance
  • Georgia Southern University Student Mentorship/Life Skills Program
  • Individual and team consultations with collegiate athletic programs
  • High school athletic consultations
  • Supervised guest lectures in Sport & Exercise Psychology and Coaching Education undergraduate courses
  • Triennial international sport & exercise psychology consultations
  • Youth sport consultations
  • Life skills consultations with at-risk youth and collegiate student-athletes
  • Internship opportunities at sport academies and institutes
  • Exercise and wellness behavioral consultations at Georgia Southern University
    • The Campus Recreation and Intramurals (CRI) Fitness Program at the Georgia Southern University RAC offers a variety of excellent services, including fitness assessments and personal training to students, faculty, and staff. We are very excited to announce a new collaboration between the Georgia Southern Sport and Exercise Psychology Graduate Program and CRI Fitness Programs. Exercise Behavioral Consulting will now be offered as a supplementary service for clients seeking personal training services at the RAC. This program is being offered by advanced sport and exercise psychology students trained in behavior change interventions. This service is 100% free, confidential, and available to those CRI personal training clients who are interested in including this as a part of their fitness program. The aim of the EBC program is to help individuals get the most that they can out of their fitness experience. First time exercising? Have trouble sticking to your fitness plan? Recovering from an injury? Training for an event? The Exercise Behavioral Consultants utilize theory- and research-based behavioral strategies to help design an individualized plan to support clients in reaching their fitness goals. Clients have the freedom to meet with their Exercise Behavioral Consultant as frequently as they would like, separate from their personal training sessions. Clients’ Personal Trainer and Exercise Behavioral Consultant will, with their consent, collaborate to ensure that they are receiving a comprehensive wellness service, working to strengthen both the mind and body. Those interested in enrolling in this program are encouraged to collect an EBC information packet from the RAC Member Services Desk, or ask one of the RAC Personal Training staff. Feel free to contact the EBC program coordinator, Dr. Brandonn Harris at bharris@georgiasouthern.edu or 912-478-7900, or the Campus Recreation and Intramurals Fitness Program Director  with any additional questions or concerns about these services.

Admissions

Regular Admission

  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Completion of prerequisite coursework may be required if degree major or minor is not in psychology or kinesiology/exercise science.
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (4.0 scale).
  • A full vitae or resume that includes the following:
    • Work history,
    • Professional experiences,
    • Membership and participation in professional organizations,
    • Other experiences related to the academic program, and
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement of no more than three pages that includes the following:
    • A description of previous professional experiences and accomplishments,
    • Career goals,
    • Reasons for interest in the graduate program at Georgia Southern University.
  • Completion of an online application for the College of Graduate Studies.
  • A phone, video-based, or in-person interview with the program director may be requested for some candidates after an initial review of submitted applications is completed.

Provisional Admission

  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Grade point average (GPA) of 2.75-2.99 (4.0 scale).
  • A full vitae or resume that includes the following:
    • Work history,
    • Professional experiences,
    • Membership and participation in professional organizations,
    • Other experiences related to the academic program, and
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement of no more than three pages that includes the following:
    • A description of previous professional experiences and accomplishments,
    • Career goals,
    • Reasons for interest in the graduate program at Georgia Southern University
  • Completion of an online application for the College of Graduate Studies.
  • A phone, video-based, or in-person interview with the program director may be requested for some candidates after an initial review of submitted applications is completed.

Achievement of the minimum admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies and requirements of the graduate program does not guarantee admission to that graduate degree program. 

Admission Deadlines

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Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the curriculum, students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the research and scientific process and how it is implemented to solve problems.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the current issues and trends in sport and exercise psychology.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of advanced concepts and theories in counseling as it relates to sport and exercise psychology.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to apply theoretical knowledge and frameworks to practical situations/issues involving mental skills training, life skills training, and improving quality of life and wellbeing.

Vision

The graduate Sport and Exercise Psychology Program at seeks to maintain its status an elite academic program focusing on the interdisciplinary study of applied sport and exercise psychology. The program promotes ethical graduate education mentorship, scholarship, research and grant procurement, applied experience in sport and exercise psychology, and a commitment to professional and public service.

To this end, the sport and exercise psychology program at Georgia Southern University is characterized by:

  • Student preparation for future excellence through interdependent leadership, innovation, and service. Future excellence may be at the applied doctoral level or an applied position within the sport and exercise psychology discipline including life skills development, mental skills training, or health behavior change consultations.
  • Diverse faculty and staff who are internationally acclaimed, use emerging technology, are innovative with curriculum, produce grants and scholarly manuscripts, are socially and morally responsible, and have a genuine regard for the well-being and training of graduate students.
  • Community partnerships and applied sport and exercise psychology and life skills experiences to enhance performance and human well-being.
  • An environment that promotes academic distinction, high expectations, and intellectual engagement through student centered research and learning initiatives, faculty research collaboration, and technological advancement.
  • A clearly focused and valued purpose.

Mission

The mission of the Sport and Exercise Psychology program is to provide initiative which will lead the program towards the Vision.

This will be accomplished by:

  • Creating, evaluating, and disseminating knowledge in the discipline.
  • Applying theory through applied service provision.
  • Providing support to the mission of the School, College, and University.
  • Providing mentorship and advisement to students within the program.
  • Providing opportunities for student-centered research and learning initiatives within the sport and exercise psychology discipline.
  • Emphasizing the importance of student-faculty research collaboration.
  • Offering state of the art laboratory and research facilities.
  • Providing a comprehensive and rigorous curriculum aligned with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology requirements for Certification.
  • Providing access to and education on the use of emerging technology.
  • Encouraging creative approaches to reach educational goals.
  • Providing resources and guidance for grant writing, research and scholarly writing.
  • Marketing faculty and student expertise.
  • Respecting the diversity of thought, expression and being.
  • Making students the priority in decisions that benefit their education.
  • Providing opportunities for student-faculty interaction.
  • Providing opportunities for outstanding student achievement.
  • Providing community service which focuses on the science and practice of sport and exercise psychology.
  • Providing the opportunity for students to tailor their program of study to meet specific interests.
  • Establishing and maintaining relationships with local, national, and international partners.

Contact Us!

Brandonn Harris
Professor and Program Director of Sport and Exercise Psychology
912-478-7900
bharris@georgiasouthern.edu

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Financial Assistance

Various forms of financial assistance are available through the Office of Financial Aid. In addition, Graduate Assistantships which include teaching in the Physical Activity Lifestyle program, teaching the laboratory portion of Human Anatomy and Physiology, working in the Department of Athletics, and/or assisting with faculty research are available to qualified applicants. Application material for the graduate assistant positions can be obtained from the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology.

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Last updated: 12/19/2023