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The Sports Psychology concentration integrates theory, applied research, and practice to develop individuals who will work with athletes and individuals to enhance sports performance, health, and fitness through mental skills training and life skills development. This concentration is designed to provide a solid foundation in understanding the psychological factors that influence performance and adherence to exercise. This concentration will enable coaches, personal trainers, athletic trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, and other health and fitness professionals to expand their skills in addressing the psychological factors of sports performance and exercise.

St. Francis College is ranked at the top of the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings in several categories:

                  • #12 in Best Value Schools
                  • #11 in Best Colleges for Veterans
                  • #4 in Top Performers on Social Mobility
                  • #15 in Regional Colleges North

St. Francis College is ranked at the top of the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges Rankings in several categories:

#12 in Best Value Schools

#11 in Best Colleges for Veterans

#4 in Top Performers on Social Mobility

#15 in Regional Colleges North

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Program Overview

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
EXM- 6010 Applied Research in Exercise and Sports Science 3
EXM-6020 Exercise and Sport Nutrition 3
EXM-6310 Psychological Aspects of Sport and Exercise 3
EXM-6110 Group Dynamics in Exercise and Sport 3
EXM-6330 Applied Motor Learning 3
EXM-6340 Current Topics in Sport Psychology 3
EXM-6350 Sport in Society 3
EXM-6990 Practicum 3
EXM-6030 Leadership: Theory and Practice 3
EXM-6998 Capstone 6
  • $500 per credit hour
  • Military: $450 per credit hour
  • 33 credit hours
  • Transfer up to 6 credit hours

Next Start Date: November 1, 2021

Admissions Requirements

Bachelor’s degree required. A GPA of 2.5 is required. Students entering the program will be required to have completed a Biology course in the undergraduate curriculum. If not, students will have to complete a Biology course (Intro to Anatomy and Physiology) as part of the entry requirements.

Transfer Students
Transfer students seeking a master’s degree must present an official transcript of all previous course work.

There are a variety of careers available for those who achieve their Masters of Science in Exercise & Movement Science with a concentration in Sports Psychology. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for psychologists is $82,180.

Within the exercise science field, graduates can pursue careers as:

  • Certified Mental Performance Consultant
  • Performance Psychologist
  • Sports Research Specialist

While some may require extra certification or experience, a Masters of Science in Exercise & Movement Science will put you on the right track to meeting your goals.

Tuition Discount
Active duty military and veterans are eligible to receive a $50/credit-hour tuition discount, lowering their tuition to $450/credit hour.

Top College

St. Francis has been ranked #5 on US News World & Report’s Best Colleges for Veterans list. We are also proud members of the Yellow Ribbon program. Learn more about our military benefits here.

Core Curriculum

EXM- 6010

Applied Research in Exercise and Sports Science

EXM-6020

Exercise and Sport Nutrition

EXM-6310

Psychological Aspects of Sport and Exercise

EXM-6110

Group Dynamics in Exercise and Sport

EXM-6330

Applied Motor Learning

EXM-6340

Current Topics in Sport Psychology

EXM-6350

Sport in Society

EXM-6990

Practicum

EXM-6030

Leadership: Theory and Practice

EXM-6998

Capstone

  • $500 per credit hour
  • Military: $450 per credit hour
  • 33 credit hours
  • Transfer up to 6 credit hours

Next Start Date: November 1, 2021

Admissions Requirements

Bachelor’s degree required. A GPA of 2.5 is required. Students entering the program will be required to have completed a Biology course in the undergraduate curriculum. If not, students will have to complete a Biology course (Intro to Anatomy and Physiology) as part of the entry requirements.

Transfer Students
Transfer students seeking a master’s degree must present an official transcript of all previous course work.

There are a variety of careers available for those who achieve their Masters of Science in Exercise & Movement Science with a concentration in Sports Psychology. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for psychologists is $82,180.

Within the exercise science field, graduates can pursue careers as:

  • Certified Mental Performance Consultant
  • Performance Psychologist
  • Sports Research Specialist

While some may require extra certification or experience, a Masters of Science in Exercise & Movement Science will put you on the right track to meeting your goals.

Tuition Discount
Active duty military and veterans are eligible to receive a $50/credit-hour tuition discount, lowering their tuition to $450/credit hour.

Top College

St. Francis has been ranked #5 on US News World & Report’s Best Colleges for Veterans list. We are also proud members of the Yellow Ribbon program. Learn more about our military benefits here.

Meet Some of Your Instructors

John McNamara, PhD
John McNamara, PhDProfessor
Dr. John McNamara received his doctorate in kinesiology from Temple University in Philadelphia. He is a Level One Certified Olympic Weightlifting Coach and holds NSCA CSCS and CPT certifications. His areas of research include…

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Gerard Shaw, EdD
Gerard Shaw, EdDAssociate Professor
Professor Shaw’s background is in athletics and physical education. He earned both a doctorate in sport psychology and master’s degree in exercise physiology from Columbia University, Teacher’s…

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