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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. As important as physical training is for an athlete, psychological training and wellness are critical components to their success. Elite sport organizations and athletes use consultants to help with this training. WVU’s doctoral degree in sport and exercise psychology prepares students for this role. The program provides a comprehensive curriculum delivered by highly qualified faculty.

Students initiate their own line of research and work with faculty to produce publishable manuscripts. With a combination of research and applied aspects of sport and exercise psychology, the program prepares sport psychology consultants, researchers and future faculty members.

Because graduates will be license-eligible 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 finishing their Ph.D. Students complete three research benchmarks and take part in multiple supervised internships working with athletic teams or in applied health settings during the program. These experiences allow students to gain the experiences necessary to be successful upon graduation. Many students work 20 hours/week during the semester as a graduate assistant either teaching, providing, service or conducting research. In return for these contributions, graduate assistants receive a tuition waiver and 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

Applicants can seek admission to the Ph.D. program with either a baccalaureate degree or master’s degree. In addition to the WVU graduate admission criteria, the program specific materials and supplemental requirements are as follows:

Admission Criteria

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

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

3. Current resume or curriculum vitae

4. Three letters of recommendation

5. GRE scores: preferred percentiles at or above 50th percentile for verbal and quantitative, at or above the 60th percentile for analytical writing

6. Professional goal statement: 1-2 written pages on professional background, goals, and reasons for seeking admission to the doctoral program in Sport and Exercise Psychology, along with concurrent admission to the master’s degree program in Counseling

7. On-campus or online interview for those invited

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.

The previously listed materials are submitted online as part of the WVU Graduate Admission Application. Applicants must submit their official copies of transcripts and test scores directly to the WVU Office of Admissions, PO Box 6009, Morgantown, WV 26506.

All graduate students must achieve and maintain a 3.0 GPA or better (4-point scale) prior to graduation.

Program Application Test Requirements

​GRE

Extra Accreditation Info

The Association of Applied Sport Psychology (ASP) does not accredit graduate programs in Sport and Exercise Psychology. However, this program has been recognized for training excellence by the Board of Governors and the American Psychological Association-Division 47. WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline

December 15 - prospective students should not apply to the master's program in Community Counseling at this time. They should wait to apply once they are accepted into the Ph.D. program.

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 (ASP) does not accredit graduate programs in Sport and Exercise Psychology. However, this program has been recognized for training excellence by the Board of Governors and the American Psychological Association-Division 47. WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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