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Sport and Exercise Psychology

This Ph.D. program, which includes a concurrent Master's program in Community Counseling, is designed to train students to become academic professionals who excel in teaching and research. Because graduates will be license-eligible upon graduation they may pursue a counseling or consulting career with full-time applied work.

Students can apply for and be accepted into this program straight from a bachelor’s degree or after the completion of a master’s degree. Those students coming straight from a bachelor’s degree will complete a master’s degree in sport and exercise psychology and another master’s degree in community counseling along the way to the completion of their Ph.D. Students will complete three research benchmarks and take part in multiple supervised internships working with athletic teams or in health settings during the program. These experiences allow graduates to gain the experiences necessary to be successful upon graduation.

Students have been very successful at acquiring funding to pay for their education. Most students work 20 hours/week during the semester as a graduate assistant either teaching, providing a service or conducting research. In return for this work, students receive a tuition waiver and a stipend.

Career Profile

Students who earn the Ph.D. with a major in Sport and Exercise Psychology can expect to be competitive for jobs in both academic and applied settings. Job titles of recent graduates include: Assistant Professor, Teaching Assistant Professor, Consultant (self-employed), Associate Dean, Research Coordinator.

Course Delivery Options

On-campus

Program Application Requirements

Resume/CV, 3 Letters of recommendation, Personal Statement

Graduate Program Application Requirements

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS AND APPLICATIONS FORMS

Students can seek admission to the doctoral program with either a baccalaureate degree or master’s degree. All materials should be attached electronically with the student’s online application.

Admission Criteria

1. Minimum undergraduate GPA (on 4-point scale) of 3.0

2. Minimum master’s degree GPA (on 4-point scale) of 3.5 (master’s applicants)

3. Preferred GRE percentiles:

At or above 50th percentile for verbal and quantitative, at or above the 60th percentile for analytical writing.

4. Minimum TOEFL of 213 (international applicants)

5. Three letters of reference

6. Professional Goal Statement

(1-2 written pages on professional background, goals, and reasons for seeking admission to doctoral program in sport and exercise psychology and concurrent admission to master’s degree program in counseling.)

7. A current resume or curriculum vitae

8. Personal interview

Program Application Test Requirements

​GRE

Extra Accreditation Info

The Association of Applied Sport Psychology does not accredit graduate programs in Sport and Exercise Psychology. However, WVU's program has been recognized for training excellence by the Board of Governors and the American Psychological Association-Division 47.

Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline

​December 15

Admissions Requirements

Resume/CV, 3 Letters of recommendation, Personal Statement

Admissions Requirements

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS AND APPLICATIONS FORMS

Students can seek admission to the doctoral program with either a baccalaureate degree or master’s degree. All materials should be attached electronically with the student’s online application.

Admission Criteria

1. Minimum undergraduate GPA (on 4-point scale) of 3.0

2. Minimum master’s degree GPA (on 4-point scale) of 3.5 (master’s applicants)

3. Preferred GRE percentiles:

At or above 50th percentile for verbal and quantitative, at or above the 60th percentile for analytical writing.

4. Minimum TOEFL of 213 (international applicants)

5. Three letters of reference

6. Professional Goal Statement

(1-2 written pages on professional background, goals, and reasons for seeking admission to doctoral program in sport and exercise psychology and concurrent admission to master’s degree program in counseling.)

7. A current resume or curriculum vitae

8. Personal interview

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Association of Applied Sport Psychology does not accredit graduate programs in Sport and Exercise Psychology. However, WVU's program has been recognized for training excellence by the Board of Governors and the American Psychological Association-Division 47.

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