Sports Psychology (M Ed)

This degree is a master of education in educational, school and counseling psychology with an emphasis in sports psychology.

This degree is part of the counseling psychology program, housed in the Department of Educational, School & Counseling Psychology.

This degree program provides a strong, fortified (48 credit hours) master’s degree that blends the two fields of sport psychology and career counseling. Students who choose this specialty area have an interest in working with the careers of individuals in the world of sports (sport coaches, strength and conditioning coaches, athletic trainers, athletic academic counselors, life skills coordinators, athletic administrators, career coaches, life coaches, and the like).

The curriculum is based on a scientist-practitioner model of training as well as a holistic view of how sport, career choice and personal adjustment provide one with both an engaging and rewarding career and personal life. There is a strong emphasis on learning through experience, where the experiences derived in and with athletic teams and with a college career center.

Certification and Licensure

The degree program was designed to move one toward qualifying a student to meet most but not all of the state of Missouri’s curricular requirements for Licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC). In addition to required course work, the graduate must also complete 3,000 hours of supervised counseling and pass a licensure examination. The degree program was also designed to qualify a student to meet some of the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology’s (AAASP) curricular requirements to become a certified AAASP consultant. Additional courses and experiences necessary for AAASP certification are included in a separate sport psychology electives section.

Apply

Applicants are required to meet two sets of minimum qualifications for admission:

How to Apply

Submit the following documents using the MU Office of Graduate Studies application by Dec. 1 for the next fall cohort:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • CV/resume
  • Unofficial academic transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work
    • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 from an accredited institution in psychology, education or a related major
  • Statement of purpose addressing the following:
    • Describe interests and experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds (e.g. ethnic, cultural, socioeconomic, religious, ability status, sexual orientation). How have these experiences influenced you? (250-word limit)
    • Describe experiences that demonstrate your potential for leadership that you believe distinguish you as a candidate for graduate study. (250-word limit)
    • Describe (1) your previous experience serving in a helping or counseling role, (2) your interests and career objectives, (3) how these interests and career objectives have developed, (4) how these interests match those of specific program faculty, and (5) how being accepted into the program of your choice will benefit your career aspirations and help you act upon your beliefs, goals and philosophy. (1,000-word limit)
  • Tests taken on or after Aug.1, 2011, should have a combined verbal and quantitative score of 305.
  • TOEFL for international students (preferred score of 580 for paper test, 92 iBT, IELTS 6.5 or higher)
    • Institution code: 6875