Sport Psychology Degree Programs

Find out about careers that use sports psychology degrees as well as the degree levels available in this field. Learn about commonly offered classes and salary ranges. Schools offering Human Behavior degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Can I Do With a Degree in Sports Psychology?

Training in sports psychology can be applied to a variety of careers. As a licensed sports psychologist, you could help clients develop positive thinking habits, manage anger, set effective and realistic goals, enhance self-awareness and develop good leadership skills. If you want to work as a coach or fitness instructor, you could aid athletes in dealing with procrastination, practicing with appropriate intensity, finding the 'zone' and reducing performance errors. With training in sports psychology, you also could provide support to coaches or sports organizations.

Sports Psychology Degree Applications Licensed sports psychologist, coach or fitness instructor, assistant to coach or sports organizations
Types of Degrees Ph.D., master's degree, certificate
Program Curriculum Biomechanics, motor behavior, psychology of coaching, exercise psychology, coaching disabled athletes
Salary outlook Sports psychologist make a median annual salary of $92,110*

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Degree Do I Need?

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) notes that you need a doctorate (Ph.D.) to obtain a license and practice sports psychology independently. You also can find master's degree programs, which can prepare you for a doctoral program or for a research position in sports psychology under the supervision of licensed professionals. Some of these programs are available entirely online.

To integrate sports psychology methods into your job as a trainer, fitness instructor or coach, you could opt to pursue a certificate program in sports psychology. These short, specialized series of courses can usually be completed in a year or less.

What Classes Might I Take?

Coursework in graduate degree programs in sports psychology commonly includes applied counseling training as well as instruction in sports and psychology theory. You can also expect to learn about professional research, publication and psychoanalysis. The following are examples of classes you might find in a sports psychology curriculum:

  • Exercise psychology
  • Motor behavior
  • Social psychology of sports
  • Psychology of coaching
  • Coaching disabled athletes
  • Biomechanics

How Much Could I Earn?

According to May 2014 BLS data, other psychologists, including sports psychologists, earned a median annual salary of $92,110; top-paid psychologists earned $120,670 or more, while the bottom ten percent made less than $42,230 (www.bls.gov). Coaches and scouts earned an average annual salary of $39,150 while athletic trainers earned an average of $45,730 during the same time period, based on BLS data.

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