Online Doctoral Degrees in Sports Psychology

An online doctoral degree in sports psychology may equip individuals with the skills and training needed to empower athletes with advanced psychological strategies in order to enhance performance. In this three to five-year program, students may learn how to analyze the psychological and mental effects on individuals who compete in sports. Program coursework may include research-heavy dissertation courses alongside major-specific coursework including advanced performance enhancement, biological basis of behavior, and adult psychopathology.

Upon graduation, students may seek employment in their chosen field or they may choose to go into private practice. Doctoral-level graduates may seek career opportunities in sports management, counseling, sports management, and athletic administration.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree at minimum
  • Program Length: Three to five years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Employment
  • Projected Employment Growth: 22% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum for doctoral-level sports psychology degree programs may include a combination of dissertation research courses and major coursework. These classes may teach students how to psychologically prepare athletes for competition, help athletes deal with the psychological effects of competition, and evaluate athletes for developmental disabilities. Core sports psychology courses may include the following:

  • Adult Psychopathology
  • Group Leadership in Organizations
  • Biological Basis of Behavior
  • Advanced Psychomotor Development and Kinesiology
  • Rehabilitation in Sports and Performance
  • Advanced Performance Enhancement
  • Survey of Psychology

Career Options

Doctoral-level graduates may pursue employment opportunities in academics, sports management, counseling, consulting, or in private practice. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities in psychology are projected to increase by 22% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Sport Development Manager
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Sports Counselor
  • College Professor
  • Athletic Director

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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