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Northwest Missouri State University


Sport and Exercise Psychology Major

Sport and Exercise Psychology

The Northwest Difference

The master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology is the only program at an NCAA Division II institution in the region. This is an interdisciplinary cohort consisting of psychology, counseling, exercise sciences, and sport and exercise psychology. Northwest students apply the skills they learn in the classroom by working with athletic teams and exercisers on mental skills, confidence, self-talk and the importance of developing routines and goal setting.

Upon completion of the program, students are prepared to apply for the Association of Applied Sport Psychology certificate.

Program Requirements and Prerequisites:

  • Apply by March 1
  • Overall grade point average of 3.00 or more
  • Minimum 3.00 grade point average within major

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Career Opportunities

Job titles related to this field include:

  • Private Practice
    • CC-AASP (Certified Consultant, Association for Applied Sport Psychology)
  • Army Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Program
    • Master Resilience Trainer-Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • University Athletic Department Positions
    • Sport Psych/Mental Skills Consultant
    • Athletics Academic Counselor
    • Life Skills Coordinator
    • Learning Specialist
    • Academic Resources Coordinator
    • Career Counselor
    • Athletic Coach
  • Exercise & Fitness Consultant
  • Lifestyle Coach
  • Wellness Coach
  • Ph.D. Graduate Program

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate students can earn up to $6,000 per year, ($3,000 per trimester) by working in offices across campus. To be eligible, students must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00 in eight hours of graduate work, or a 2.75 grade-point average in their undergraduate work. Graduate Assistants may hold only one position.

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The Northwest Difference

The Northwest Difference

Founded in 1905, Northwest is a traditional campus with more than 7,200 undergraduate and graduate students. Located in the middle of everywhere, Maryville is two hours from Omaha, Nebraska and Kansas City, Missouri and
2 ½ hours from Des Moines, Iowa.