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Sport and Exercise Psychology

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administrative contact

Lindsay B. Augustine
phone: 304-293-3393

program contact

Sam Zizzi
Sport Sciences
phone: 304-293-0874
fax: 304-293-4641

Program Details

Areas of Emphasis

Teaching, research, and applied work with athletes and exercisers (students gain experience in all)

Program Description

This Ph.D. program, which includes a concurrent Master's program in Community Counseling, trains students to become academic professionals who excel in teaching and research. However, because graduates will be license-eligible upon graduation they may pursue a counseling or consulting career with full-time applied work.

Students can apply for and be accepted into this program straight from a bachelor’s degree or after the completion of a master’s degree. Those students coming straight from a bachelor’s degree will complete a master’s degree in sport and exercise psychology and another master’s degree in community counseling along the way to the completion of their Ph.D. Students will complete three research benchmarks and take part in multiple supervised internships working with athletic teams or in health settings during the program. These varied experiences allow graduates to gain the experiences necessary to be successful upon graduation.

Students have been very successful at acquiring funding to pay for their education. Most students work 20 hours/week during the semester as a graduate assistant either teaching, providing a service or conducting research. In return for this work, students receive a tuition waiver and a stipend.

Career Profile

Students who earn the Ph.D. with a major in Sport and Exercise Psychology can expect to be competitive for jobs in both academic and applied settings. Job titles of recent graduates include: assistant professor, teaching assistant professor, consultant (self-employed), associate dean, research coordinator.

Delivery Methods Available

  • on campus

Graduate Program Application Requirements

Applicants must arrange for official copies of transcripts and test scores to be sent directly to the WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment at PO Box 6510, Morgantown, WV 26506-6510. If being sent by delivery service (Federal Express, UPS, etc) requiring a street address, please use WVU Office of Graduate Admissions and Recruitment, 1500 One Waterfront Place, Morgantown, WV 26501. The program requirements listed below (if any) are in addition to the main WVU Graduate Application.

  • Resume/CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Recommendations: 3 required; 2 should note academic potential for graduate school
  • Test Requirements: V/Q>50th percentile; analytic writing>60th percentile
  • See "Additional Information" below for other requirements

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Please see Office of Admissions - English Language Proficiency for more information.

Additional Information

1. Minimum undergraduate GPA (on 4-point scale) of 3.0
2. Minimum master’s degree GPA (on 4-point scale) of 3.5 (master’s applicants)
3. Preferred GRE percentiles:
At or above 50th percentile for verbal and quantitative, at or above the 60th percentile for analytical writing.
4. Minimum TOEFL of 213 (international applicants)
5. Three letters of reference
6. Professional Goal Statement
(1-2 written pages on professional background, goals, and reasons for seeking admission to doctoral program in sport and exercise psychology and concurrent admission to master’s degree program in counseling.)
7. A current resume or curriculum vitae
8. Personal interview

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Prospective students should apply online at:

Application Priority Dates and Deadlines

  • Fall Deadline: December 15
  • Spring Deadline: Do Not Admit
  • Summer Deadline: Do Not Admit


WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The Association of Applied Sport Psychology does not accredit graduate programs in Sport and Exercise Psychology. However, WVU's program has been recognized for training excellence by the Board of Governors and the American Psychological Association-Division 47.