Exercise and Sport Psychology at SIUE
Our program integrates theory, research and practice, and includes the study of cognitive, emotional, psychological and social factors that influence sport and exercise behaviors, as well as the effects of physical activity on psychological factors. In addition to coursework in sport psychology, exercise psychology, rehabilitation and health psychology and sport sociology, students may enroll in elective courses throughout the university to match their educational experience to their career objectives. At SIUE, strong faculty mentoring will help develop your knowledge and skills in your interest areas, and low student-faculty ratios ensure personalized attention. Students can complete their degree program in 17 to 22 months, with evening and select online classes scheduled to meet the needs of working professionals. Students pursuing the non-thesis option may complete their final two semesters entirely online.
Why Exercise and Sport Psychology
The exercise and sport psychology specialization focuses on the psychosocial factors that influence, and are influenced by, physical activity. While this specialization will appeal to those individuals currently teaching and/or coaching, it is also designed to provide a solid foundation for those desiring to further their graduate education in fields associated with behavioral medicine including exercise psychology, sport psychology, rehabilitation psychology and health psychology. Focusing on strategies for enhancing sport performance or adherence to exercise, for example, the exercise and sport psychology specialization provides students with knowledge and skills that can be readily applied to numerous aspects of their own lives as well to the lives of their professional clients.
Degrees Available at SIUE
- Master of Science in Kinesiology with a Specialization in Exercise and Sport Psychology
Kinesiology and Health Education Programs at SIUE
- Health Education
- Exercise Science
- Exercise Physiology
- Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy
- Exercise and Sport Psychology
Graduates of the exercise and sport psychology specialization have careers in fitness, campus recreation, exercise administration, sport administration, coaching, personal training, sport psychology, and exercise and rehab settings. Our graduates are also employed in exercise (fitness) and rehabilitation (clinic, hospital) settings. Many graduates are choosing to continue their education at the doctoral level.