Sport Psychology

In Florida State University’s Sport Psychology graduate programs, you will receive a solid understanding of theory, research, and real-world practice of sport psychology.

Specifically, you will gain an understanding of the science of the psychology of athletic performance and athlete welfare. You will also have opportunities to join research teams, build research skills, and, in our Sport Psychology Laboratory, learn to use technologies that support research projects in the field of sport psychology. Learn more about our Sport Psychology Laboratory here.

You will also have opportunities to apply your understanding of sport psychology theory and research by working with athletes and teams to help them learn to use mental skills that enhance their performance and welfare. We have established links to provide these hands-on experiences with over 20 clubs and teams at the college level, and with youth and adult athletes operating at the recreational through to semi-professional levels in the larger Tallahassee community. Supervision is provided to students who are involved in applied work and seeking Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) status.

The rigorous training provided in the science of sport psychology and the real-world opportunities available for application of this science with athletes and other performers enable our graduates to confidently enter higher education as teachers and researchers, and the sport and performance industries as mental performance consultants. Our former students work in universities all over the world and, as mental performance consultants, help support performance in a wide range of settings including college and professional sports and the military.


Admission Requirements

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.
  • GRE 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

NOTE: The GRE requirements for master’s and specialist programs have been waived for the Spring 2022, Summer 2022, and Fall 2022 terms.

  • 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 Graduate Admissions:

Florida State University
Office of Graduate Admissions
314 Westcott Building
P.O. Box 3061410
Tallahassee, FL 32306-1410

  • 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)

Application Deadlines

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.


Tuition & Aid

Information about tuition and fees at Florida State is available here. You can learn more about the scholarship and aid opportunities for College of Education students here.

Career Opportunities

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.


Click here to learn more about our Sport Psychology faculty!

Admissions Contact

Program contact: Dr. Brian Foster
Admissions contact: Ms. Jennifer Walsh

Frequently Asked Questions

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