Sports Psychology Programs

If you’re interested in sports psychology, you can earn a bachelor’s, master’s, or even a doctorate degree in this field. A sports psychologist is a licensed mental health professional with the necessary training to help athletes improve their performance and focus. Many collegiate teams as well as national sports organizations hire sports psychologists to help their athletes cope with frustration as well as achieve their goals and continue their athletic careers.

My Degree and What It’s Good For

Sports psychology degree programs are growing and for good reason. Many schools, sports training facilities, and athletic organizations need qualified mental health professionals to deliver a variety of services to their athletes. Depending on what program you choose, you’ll likely complete a series of coursework that covers such topics as:

  • Applied Motor Learning
  • Athletic Motivation
  • Motivational Coaching
  • Multiculturalism in Sports Psychology
  • Sports Psychology Research Methods
  • Therapeutic Counseling for Athletes

My Earning Potential

Your earning potential will vary depending on a number of factors. Your employer, years of experience, education, and location will determine your salary. In May 2011, The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported a mean annual wage of $73,090 for clinical, counseling, and school psychologists. Specific salary data for sports psychologists was not available. But given the clinical background you’ll receive as a sports psychology student, you may earn a similar wage.

Sports Psychology Degree Programs

Guide to Sports Management Degrees

Liberty University MS - Sports Mgmt Liberty University – The MS in Sports Management at Liberty University requires 36 credit hours and includes 10 three credit hour courses and a six credit hour capstone. The curriculum is geared for recent undergraduate students, non-traditional students, international students, and working professionals. Graduates are found in high school sports programs, professional teams, and recreational leagues.
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Ashford University BA - Sports and Rec Mgmt BA - SM Marketing BA - SM Entrepreneurship BA - SM Project Management Ashford University – Ashford University offers a variety of sports management degrees. The BA in Sports and Rec Management provides students with a curriculum that prepares them to work for park districts, as PE teachers, or athletic directors. The BA/SM Marketing provides best practices in marketing sports. The BA/SM Entrepreneurship teaches business principles, while the BA/SM Project Management is available for sports organizers. Ashford University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510-748-9001, wascsenior.org.
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Northcentral University MEd - Sports Mgmt PhD - Sports Mgmt Northcentral University – Northcentral University's M.Ed. in Sports Management is geared towards enhancing your leadership, organizing, and administrative skills on and off the field. The program applies the highest standards of ethics and values. The PhD is an integral tool for obtaining research and leadership positions in the field.
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Ohio University MS - Athletic Administration MS - Coaching Education Ohio University – The MS in Athletic Administration at Ohio University offers students a program that graduates managers with the tools to become athletic directors. Ohio University designed this program with the help of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association. For those that want to teach coaches, an MS in Coaching Education is also available.
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Southern New Hampshire University MBA in Sports Mgmt MS in Sports Mgmt Southern New Hampshire University – The MBA and MS in Sports Management from Southern New Hampshire University provides a practical combination of traditional MBA coursework with a concentration of sports management. To accommodate working professionals busy schedules, the program is offered both online and on-campus. Internship and volunteer opportunities are available to provide students hands-on practice in the field.
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