Sport and Exercise Psychology Option
Directed toward educational, behavioral, and applied orientations, the sport psychology specialization is designed to prepare students to serve as performance consultants for athletic teams, and health- and fitness-oriented businesses, as well as community organizations which sponsor organized recreational and youth sport programs. Students can also design this specialization to emphasize the psychology of coaching or to prepare themselves for continuing graduate studies in sport and exercise psychology.
In addition to core courses, students can choose several elective courses in psychology and exercise science to complete their course of study. One of the unique and attractive features of this applied program is the availability of internships in sport and exercise psychology with Western’s intercollegiate athletic teams and Adult Fitness programs. Both program faculty who supervise internships are Certified Mental Performance Consultants (CMPC); therefore, students in the program accrue many hours toward certification as a CMPC, including direct supervision of services. Internships in sport and exercise psychology are designed to serve as culminating experiences, which highlight the applied nature of this specialization. A thesis in sport and exercise psychology is required.
Program Requirements Note: The program requirements link below provides information on the course requirements for the 2017-2019 cohort of students. Please note that there are changes to the program requirements for the graduate sport and exercise psychology option for students entering the program in the Fall of 2019. We have added new courses that can count towards CMPC certification, including Individual Counseling Techniques and Professional Ethics in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Starting in Fall of 2019, students in the program will not only have the opportunity to accumulate many supervised hours of internship, but will also have access to the classes necessary to apply for CMPC certification.