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    Sport Psychology

    In Florida State’s Sport Psychology program, you will gain the knowledge necessary to assist athletes to help them compete at peak performance. Our students study sport behavior, enhance sport skill performance, and learn to assist athletes in resolving sport-related problems. Through our sport psychology program, you will receive a solid understanding of theory, real-life situational practice, and research.

    While in the program, you will have the opportunity to provide sport psychology services to varsity and club teams at FSU and athletes in the Tallahassee community. This hands-on experience enables our graduates to enter the sport industry with confidence. Supervision is provided to students who are involved in applied work and seeking Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) status.

    Our sport psychology program currently offers both master’s and doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees. In the master’s program, you will learn how to work with athletes, sport teams, athletic departments, professional organizations and more. Graduates of our doctoral program have even more career opportunities, including working in academia and conducting original research.

    Both master’s and doctoral students have access and learn to use the equipment in the FSU Sport Psychology lab. The lab uses state-of-the-art technology such as biofeedback, eye-tracking, and perceptual/reaction time equipment. The lab facilitates innovative research projects and better serves athletes in applied settings. Learn more about the available equipment and ongoing research in our Sport Psychology lab here!

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    In order to meet minimum program admission requirements, an applicant must have:

    • For application to the master’s degree program: A bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.0 GPA – An earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution, with a minimum 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA) in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor’s degree.
    • For application to the doctoral degree program: A graduate degree with at least a 3.5 GPA – Applicants for the PhD program must have an earned graduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution, with a minimum 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average (GPA). Students admitted to the doctoral program are expected to have completed a master’s thesis prior to enrollment or will be required to complete a research project during their first year in the doctoral program if they do not have a master’s thesis.
    • NOTE: FSU is waiving the GRE as a requirement for admission to master’s (M.S.) and specialist (Ed.S.) degree programs for Fall 2020.
      test scores – Official test results are required from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The Educational Testing Service (ETS) does not retain scores longer than five years. If your test scores are older than five years, you may have to retake the test to have official scores sent directly to FSU from the testing agency. If you have the official report that was mailed to your home address for older scores, then FSU will accept that report. FSU Institution Code: 5219.

    Target Scores:
    Verbal – 50th percentile
    Quantitative – 50th percentile
    Analytical – 3.5

    • Language proficiency test scores International applicants whose first language is not English, and who have not studied in an English-speaking country for at least an academic year, must submit language proficiency test scores.

    Target Scores:
    TOEFL (paper-based) – 575
    TOEFL (internet-based) – 90
    IELTS – 6.5
    MELAB – 80

    • Transcripts – Applicants must submit an official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college and/or university attended to the Office of Admissions:

    Florida State University
    Office of Admissions
    282 Champions Way
    P.O. Box 3062400
    Tallahassee, FL 32306-2400

    • Letters of recommendation (3 required)
      • Letters of recommendation should be written by persons who are in a position to comment on the likelihood of your success within the department.
      • You are encouraged to submit at least 2 letters written by faculty.
    • Personal Statement (1 required) – The personal statement should describe your purpose for pursuing a degree, qualifications, and long-term career goals and should be no more than 3 pages in length.

    Resume/Curriculum Vitae (1 required)


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    Application Deadline for Ph.D.:  December 1st (Fall admission only).  You have until midnight on the day of the deadline to submit your application and application fee.  All required materials must be received by the deadline date.

    Application Deadline for Master’s:  January 15th (Fall admission only). You have until midnight on the day of the deadline to submit your application and application fee.  All required materials must be received by the deadline date.

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    Sport psychology professionals may find themselves working with athletes at different levels such as youth, interscholastic, intercollegiate, amateur, and professional to enhance their performance and resolve sport-related problems. Graduates of our program have secured jobs in academia, university athletic departments, professional sport organizations, private practice, sport academies, and the military.

    According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for sports psychologists is expected to grow 10.5% through 2026, which translates to 1,800 new jobs. The median annual wage for sports psychologists is $100,770 nationally.

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    Program contact: Dr. David Eccles

    Admissions contact: Jennifer Walsh

    Frequently Asked Questionsexpand menu

    Click here to find answers to frequently asked questions about our Sport Psychology program.

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