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Sport and Exercise Psychology

Combine your passion for sports with an evidence-based approach to psychology. You’ll learn about the theory and practice behind working with athletes, exercisers and performers from all backgrounds and domains.

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Only program of its kind in West Virginia


What is Sport and Exercise Psychology at WVU like?


If you would like to combine your love of sports and fitness with an interest in psychology or sociology, then you have found the perfect major.

Students interested in pursuing a career in sport and exercise psychology or in sport sociology should know that most jobs will require that they must first complete a graduate degree before entering the job market. The primary mission of the undergraduate major in sport behavior is to prepare you for graduate studies in sport and exercise psychology, sport sociology and/or counseling.

Our Sport and Exercise Psychology major is the only one of its kind in the state of West Virginia, and one of the few undergraduate programs in that nation that allow students to specialize in sport and exercise psychology or sport sociology.

The curriculum contains exciting and innovative courses, such as the Social Psychology of Sport, Performance Enhancement, Exercise Psychology, the Psychology of Injury, and the African American in Sport.

Through our major's club, students interact with graduate students in our highly acclaimed doctoral program, meet leading professionals in the field, help organize conferences and participate in other student-centered professional and social activities.

At a Glance

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Fast Facts

What makes Sport and Exercise Psychology at WVU unique?

Research and Academic Opportunities


  • You can get involved with faculty and graduate students on their research projects. Topics include studies with NCAA athletes on performance related issues, body image in athletes, development of mobile health applications and evaluation of health and wellness programs.
  • As a senior, you'll complete a capstone project in which you will critically analyze research literature and then present a concise analysis of your topic in oral and written forms. Faculty feedback on these projects prepares you for graduate school in health and human services, or for the workforce. Common project topics usually include exercise motivation and adherence, the psychology of injury rehabilitation, and youth sport development.

Academic Opportunities

  • You can take classes and serve as peer advisers, providing services such as academic advising, tutoring and career or graduate school preparation.
  • Two semesters of professional development courses will help you learn more about the profession of sport and exercise psychology, while also preparing to either apply to graduate school or find employment in the sport domain.

Transfer Articulation Agreements

In addition to guaranteed admission agreements WVU has transfer articulation agreements with:

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What can you do with this degree?

Immediately after graduation, 65 percent of our graduates attend graduate school. Many attend programs in sport psychology and counseling, but in the past several years others have attended programs for physical therapy, occupational therapy, social work, public health, public administration, exercise science, exercise physiology, human resources, chiropractic, business and law.

Graduate school placements include:

  • Master's program in sport and exercise psychology at Georgia Southern (This alum has gone on to work as a Master Resilience Trainer for the CSF2 program in the U.S. Army.)
  • Doctoral physical therapy program at the University of Pittsburgh
  • PhD program in counseling psychology at the University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • Master's program in public administration

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Sport and Exercise Psychology major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

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What are the courses like in Sport and Exercise Psychology at WVU?

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For a program overview, learning goals and course descriptions, visit the course catalog.

Popular Courses

SEP 271:
Sport in American Society

Sociocultural investigation of sport in American society.

SEP 272:
Psychological Perspectives of Sport

An examination of personality and behavioral factors as they affect participation in sport. Topics such as stress and sport, body image, aggression and the sport participant, and the licensure of sport psychologists highlight the course.

Capstone Projects

Before graduating, all undergraduates in this major complete an academic project (or "capstone") to demonstrate their research, communication and critical thinking skills. Projects in WVU's Sport and Exercise Psychology major have included:

Cost and Aid

How much does Sport and Exercise Psychology at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2018-19 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $397
Per Semester $4,764
Fall and Spring Semesters $9,528
Per Credit $1,075
Per Semester $12,900
Fall and Spring Semesters $25,800
Per Credit $1,075
Per Semester $13,200
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,400
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Ways to Save

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Academic Common Market

In-state tuition for Sport and Exercise Psychology is available through the Southern Regional Education's Academic Common Market for students from:

  • Delaware
  • Maryland
  • Virginia

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Ohio Tuition Reciprocity

As the result of a special agreement, students from Ohio who are fully admitted to Sport and Exercise Psychology can enroll at WVU and pay in-state tuition rates. Students must be admitted to both the University and this major.

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU. In addition to guaranteed admission agreements Sport and Exercise Psychology has transfer articulation agreements with:

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What are the requirements to apply for Sport and Exercise Psychology at WVU?

University Requirements

To be admitted to WVU's Sport and Exercise Psychology major, you must first meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2019-20 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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