Graduate Education

One of the most often asked questions by students and professionals interested in sport psychology is: “How can I become a sport psychologist?” Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the field -- drawing from psychology and the sport/exercise sciences -- there are many different educational pathways to take to get there. Thus, a central issue for those interested in sport and exercise psychology is determining exactly what they want to do in the field. Do they want to teach and conduct research at a college or university? Do they want to coach?

Through the UNT Department of Psychology’s APA-accredited Counseling Psychology program, graduate students are able to pursue a Ph.D. in counseling psychology with a specialized elective cluster in sport and exercise psychology. Through this doctoral program and specialization, graduates obtain a broad professional education as a mental health practitioner while also receiving specific training in working with athletes, coaches, and sport teams. Upon completion of their clinical internship, graduates will be able to pursue licensure as a psychologist in any state in the U.S.

The Master of Science in Kinesiology with the emphasis in Sport and Exercise Psychology 36-hour degree includes a 15-hour core curriculum of courses in kinesiology. The student can take 21 hours of additional courses which would allow development of an area of expertise such as sport and exercise psychology, exercise physiology, health fitness management, motor behavior, sports sociology, and teaching behavior.

Degree Requirements (36 semester hours are required):

The Department of Educational Psychology and Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation offer a collaborative Doctoral (PhD) degree program in Psychosocial Aspects of Sports and Exercise. Students learn research design and methodology associated with the field of sport and exercise psychology, and complete coursework related to applied sport psychology, health and exercise psychology, and social psychology of sport.