Program Overview

One of California University of Pennsylvania’s tracks for the Master of Science in Exercise Science and Health Promotion is Sport Psychology. This track is designed for those in the health/fitness profession to improve their knowledge from a more psychological perspective.

This program will take 12 consecutive months and 30 credit hours to complete. The program is offered at two start times: January and July. Each start time is composed of two summer semesters as well as a fall and spring semester, just in different orders depending on start time.

Some of the courses students will enroll in are Essentials of Human Movement Science, Nutrition for Peak Performance, Special Topics in Sport Psychology, and Research in Sport Psychology. Students will have six classes (18 credit) in core classes, and four classes (12 credits) that are specialized for the Sport Psychology track.

This particular type of sports science draws knowledge from both kinesiology and psychology to study how psychological factors weigh in on sports performance. The information that students learn in these courses can be used to assist health care professionals to recognize signs, effects, and ways to rehabilitate injuries. The same methods can be applied to rehabilitation and performance enhancement.

There are a few areas of study within sports psychology. While this list does not encompass all the available topics, the major fields are covered. Personality, youth sport, coaching, team dynamics, and evolutionary perspectives can all be areas in the sports psychology field. Students will be decide what interests them the most and, by gaining more knowledge through classes, course work, and discussion, choose the sports psychology field that fits with their wants and needs.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    Accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


    Students must have a minimum 3.0 undergraduate grade point average, based on a 4.0; students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement but have a minimum GPA above a 2.50 may request consideration by submitting, via e-mail, a resume indicating their experience in the sport industry and a list of at least two professional references.

    School Overview

    Established in 1852, California University of Pennsylvania is a medium-sized campus located in California, Pennsylvania, in a rural area 35 miles away from Pittsburgh. This school is dedicated to excellence in the liberal arts, science and technology, and professional studies. Students can choose from one of more than 75 online associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees offered completely online. You’ll receive the same diploma you would from one of our on-campus programs.


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