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Sport Psychology and Motor Behavior Concentration

The Sport Psychology and Motor Behavior concentration (MS) focuses on performance enhancement with sport and physical activity participants (including imagery, goal-setting, self-talk, and focusing attention) as well as social/ psychological factors, such as gender/race/class identity, moral and ethical development, leadership, cohesion, aggression, team-building, and the use of ergogenic aids in sport, that influence participants’ sport and physical activity experiences. Graduate students have the opportunity to explore their own research interests as well as to collaborate with faculty members on some of their research.

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Each year we admit twenty to twenty-five master’s students from a pool of seventy-five to one hundred applicants. There are no pre-requisite courses for this concentration. Admissions decisions are based on a number of criteria:

  • Applicant must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 or above in their undergraduate work to be considered for degree admission (or a 3.0 or better in the senior year).
  • Writing ability and answers to the supplemental application questions are given serious consideration in the admissions process.
  • Rating forms/letters of recommendation from faculty who can speak to the applicant’s potential for graduate work are also given serious consideration.
  • Applicants are not required to submit GRE scores.