Purdue University
Sport and Exercise Psychology

Graduate Program:

Our sport and exercise psychology graduate program is research-focused. The program includes coursework in sport and exercise psychology, related areas in kinesiology and health, research methods, statistics, and other courses in related areas such as psychology and human development. We also have a weekly graduate and faculty research seminar that provides integration for students across areas in our kinesiology program. Coursework is tailored depending on the student's research interests and prior background. The main emphasis though is on getting involved in research with your advisor and developing and executing your own original thesis research. M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are offered, and there are opportunities for a dual degree with the MPH (Masters of Public Health) program in our College of Health and Human Sciences. Information about the graduate programs in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, including application procedures, can be found on the graduate programs web page.

The M.S. degree is designed to take two years of full-time study. Students complete 24 credit hours of coursework in kinesiology, research methods and statistics, and related areas such as psychology and human development. The main focus of the M.S. degree is the completion of a research thesis, which is developed in consultation with a faculty mentor. The program is well suited to individuals who seek to enter doctoral programs in kinesiology, counseling, social/developmental psychology, education, or social work. Recent graduates have pursued careers in athletic administration, health care, and social work, and doctoral studies in sport and exercise psychology. Successful applicants come from a range of undergraduate programs/majors, though coursework or research experience in kinesiology and psychology is desirable.

The Ph.D. degree is designed to take four years of full-time study to complete. The primary emphasis of the Ph.D. program is developing a program of research. Successful applicants have research interests that align closely with the expertise of their faculty mentor. Coursework requirements are determined in collaboration with the student, the faculty mentor, and committee members, and are designed to complement dissertation research and the studentís development as an independent scholar. Coursework has an emphasis on advanced sport and exercise psychology, quantitative and qualitative methods and analysis, and supporting areas such as human development, social psychology, communication, and sociology. The Ph.D. program is designed to educate and prepare students to pursue employment in academic settings.

Prospective applicants to the M.S. and Ph.D. programs can consult the department graduate program website for entrance requirements, deadlines, and application procedures, and are invited to contact Dr. Amireault with questions and to arrange a campus visit.