Department of Kinesiology

School of Health and Human Sciences

Sport and Exercise Psychology: Applied Sport Psychology Concentration

Sport and Exercise Psychology: Applied Sport Psychology Concentration

Applied Sport Psychology Concentration

Applied sport psychology employs a combination of evidence-based performance enhancement techniques, sport science, and counseling skills to help clients maximize their potential and obtain optimal enjoyment from their sport and performance experiences. Graduate students in this concentration typically come from Kinesiology or Psychology undergraduate programs and choose UNCG to learn how to enhance human development and functioning by acquiring cutting edge knowledge in the area of SEP.  

Applied Sport Psychology Experiences

This curriculum was designed specifically to help students meet the coursework and field experience requirements for certification as a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC), the gold standard designation for practice developed by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). Students in this concentration will have the opportunity to work with Division I student-athletes under the direct mentorship of an AASP-approved CMPC.  Also, through established partnerships, there will be opportunities to work with other local sport, exercise, and performance organizations.

M.S. Degree Information

The MS degree with a concentration in Applied SEP is a 36-credit non-thesis program intended for individuals who are interested in applied careers and continued study. Graduates of this program can pursue a range of careers, including (but not limited to): Master Resilience Trainers in the U.S. Army, private practice as mental performance consultants, college coaching, athletic training, and student services (career counseling and related positions at a university).  Graduates can also continue their studies at the master’s or doctoral level in Sport and Exercise Psychology, Counseling or Clinical Psychology, Social Work, and Exercise Science. These graduates aim to become private practitioners, faculty, researchers, and licensed mental health providers with a specialty in athletic populations.

Plan of Study

Students in this concentration area progress through the program as a cohort with most courses required based upon the requirements for CMPC certification (number in parentheses indicates the knowledge area the course satisfies). Because this is a cohort model, students may only begin the program in the Fall semester. The program of study is as follows: sample plan of study

Goals and Objectives


This concentration is designed to develop a theoretical base in the discipline of sport and exercise psychology, and to prepare students, coaches, and consultants to apply such knowledge to performance enhancement issues associated with competitive athletics, exercise, and performance settings.


  1. Students will learn theory, research, and application in the area of sport and exercise psychology.
  2. Students will understand professional ethics and multicultural factors related to the profession of applied sport psychology.
  3. Students will gain practical experience working with athletes, coaches, and/or exercisers to facilitate their involvement, performance, and enjoyment.
  4. Students will gain an understanding of the breadth of the field of kinesiology and the specificity of their competencies.

Concentration Faculty

*Dr. Jen Farrell ( is the director of the applied sport psychology program and should be your point of contact for questions related to the program.