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  • Master of Science

Teacher Licensure: No teacher licensure is available.

What is Sport and Exercise Psychology?

Sport and Exercise Psychology can provide you with the basis for understanding the thought processes and attitudes of athletes and individuals involved in sport or exercise activities. With this understanding, you can then learn to help others improve their performance and/or psychological well-being. 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, athletic training, and health psychology. Focusing on strategies for enhancing sport performance or adherence to exercise, for example, the Sport and Exercise Behavior 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."

Career Opportunities

Our graduates pursue careers as teachers, researchers, coaches, exercise leaders and sport and exercise psychology consultants. An increasing number of graduates are choosing to continue their education at the doctoral level.

Sport and Exercise Behavior (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 and Exercise Psychology and Sociology of Physical Activity, students may enroll in elective courses throughout the university to optimize their educational experience. Further, our program has close ties with SIUE´s Division I athletic program, as well as with varied community programs.

SIUE's graduate program in sport and exercise behavior (psychology) can offer you a number of distinct advantages, including:

  • Development of knowledge and skills in your interest areas through strong faculty mentoring.
  • An optimal student-faculty ratio, ensuring you will receive personalized attention.
  • Advising focused on the selection of courses, research topics, and applied experiences that will advance your career goals.
  • Evening classes, and selected online classes, scheduled to meet the needs of working professionals.
  • Supervision of applied experiences by a faculty member who is an AASP ( Association for Applied Sport Psychology) certified consultant, enabling you to count your total supervised hours towards certification as a sport psychology consultant.

Curriculum and Course Sequence Options


Students are able to begin in the fall, spring or summer and can complete all degree requirements in 16 months. Students are able to complete either the non-thesis option or thesis option. Click to view the sample curriculum for non-thesis and thesis options.

Course Sequence

Students in the non-thesis option are able to begin in the fall, spring or summer and can be complete all degree requirements 16 months. Students in the thesis option typically require two academic years to complete course curriculum.

Non-Thesis Option

The non-thesis option for the Master of Science in Kinesiology degree in Sport and Exercise Behavior (Psychology) is for students who are not interested in pursing a doctorate.

Thesis Option

The thesis option for the Master of Science in Kinesiology degree in Sport and Exercise Behavior (Psychology) is for students who are interested in pursing a doctorate in sport and exercise psychology, counseling, or other psychology related areas at high ranked research oriented universities. Students will learn the research process and investigate the impact of psychological factors on sport and/or exercise. Students will gain opportunities to present at professional conferences and publish in scientific journals. Students in the thesis option will typically take two academic years to complete the course work and research thesis. The student and faculty advisor will match thesis and coursework with the goals of the student to provide an exceptional learning experience.

How to Apply

If you have already decided that SIUE's Sport and Exercise Behavior (Psychology) Program is the right one for you, APPLY ONLINE NOW. You can also request additional information by contacting our program director Dr. Ross-Stewart.

Current Research Projects in the Program

  • Psychological/psychosocial determinants of weight loss
  • Psychological determinants and effects of exercise adherence
  • Benefits of physical activity for cognitive performance
  • Mental health benefits of physical activity
  • Performance Enhancement Interventions
  • Disordered eating and body image in athletes and exercisers

Sample Curriculum >>

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