Sport Psychology MS in Psychology

MS in Psychology

Become a leader who empowers athletes

You’re driven to help others perform at their best. With an online master’s in sport psychology from Capella University, you can help guide others through the pressures associated with sports, physical therapy, or even business ventures. You’ll study the fundamentals of human behavior, helping you analyze and uncover issues affecting performance. You’ll explore learning theory, which helps determine behaviors and what protocol might work best to empower peak performance. And you’ll help others find motivation and confidence to recover from injury so they can perform at a higher level.

At a Glance

  • Online 
  • FlexPath available
  • 4 Core courses
  • 7 Specialization courses
  • 1 Integrative project
  • 58 Total credits (15 max transfer)

Classes Start February 8th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo FALL20).

With FlexPath, you can earn your master’s in psychology in 12 months and under $11,500.*

*Based on the fastest 10% of students. Your program length and cost will vary by transfer credits, the per-session cost, and how quickly you complete courses. Books, supplies, and other fees apply.

Sport Psychology program highlights

Two flexible online learning formats

To meet the needs of your busy life, we offer two 100% competency-based online learning formats—GuidedPath and FlexPath.

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Specialize in athletic performance

Explore a unique specialization that teaches the fundamentals of human behavior to analyze and uncover issues affecting sports performance. 

Professionally useful knowledge

Through competency-based education, you can take the advanced theories you’re learning and apply them practically in the profession.

Explore critical theory

Understand learning theory to determine how to empower performance and inspire confidence and motivation in others.

Reduce your tuition by $5,000

Enroll in a qualified program and apply for a $5K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your master’s degree.

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Overall employment of psychologists is projected to grow 19% from 2014 to 2024.*

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography, and degree field, affect career opportunities, and Capella does not guarantee a job, promotion, or other career outcome.

Meet our psychology faculty

Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach you critical knowledge and skills and to help enrich your education and career by bringing real-world relevance to the courseroom.

Bethany Lohr, PhD

Faculty Chair, Sport Psychology

Joseph Davis, PhD

Part-Time Faculty

Get the support you need for success

Our dedicated support teams guide and advise you through every step of your educational journey. Here are some of the people you’ll work with:

Enrollment counselors

These experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.


Advisors know the details of your program. Got questions about courses? Instructors? Resources? Advisors have answers.

Career center

For this team, it’s more than resumes and interview tips. It’s about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

Cost & learning formats

We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. That's why Capella offers two 100% competency-based, online learning formats to best fit your needs. Which learning format is right for you? Take our Path Finder Quiz.

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$495 per credit, 60 total quarter credits, 15 max transfer credits

A self-paced learning format that puts you in control. Take courses at your own speed, and move on to the next course whenever you’re ready.

  • Enroll in one or two courses at a time and complete as many as you want in 12 weeks
  • 2 Capella quarter credits = 1 program point
  • Set your own deadlines, no courseroom discussions
  • Pay a flat tuition fee per session*
$2,800 per 12-week billing session, 29 total program points, 8 max transfer points

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, tuition discounts, and (in FlexPath) the speed at which you move through the program. Fees, including application fees and resource kits, are not included in this estimate. The GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. The FlexPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits and you moved at the speed of a typical FlexPath student or as quickly as the fastest FlexPath students (90th percentile). New or recently revised programs base their estimate on comparable programs. Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is not available for FlexPath.

Get the details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

"FlexPath’s self-paced format allowed me to set my own deadlines. As a result, I was able to complete work sooner if needed, or take my time with content that was a bit more difficult."

Shayla Proctor
MS in Psychology
Actual Capella student who agreed to appear in promotional materials for Capella.

Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

10% military discount

If you're an active-duty military service member, spouse, or veteran, discounts may be available.

Transfer credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.

$5K toward your master's

Apply for a $5K Capella Progress Reward, a scholarship to help fund your master’s degree.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Sport Psychology sample courses

With a master's in sport psychology, you'll learn how psychology influences sports and athletic performance. Apply psychology to sports; use theory and research to customize interventions for specific populations.

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Learning Theories in Psychology

This course focuses on the concepts and principles of learning theory and its sub-processes, especially those associated with cognition. Learners evaluate and articulate major learning theories, practice applying these learning theories and their associated processes to teaching, and analyze the effects of various behavioral and cognitive sub-processes on learning.

5 quarter credits
PSY8840 *
Principles of Sport Psychology

Learners in this course apply psychological theories to explain and improve sport performance. Learners evaluate the implications of new research for professional practice in sport psychology and explore the ways in which they can meet the unique needs of diverse participants through customized coaching strategies. In particular, learners examine personality, attention, anxiety, arousal and arousal adjustment strategies, cognitive-behavioral intervention, causal attribution, motivation, and self confidence. Prerequisite(s): PSY7411.

5 quarter credits
PSY8841 *
Performance Enhancement in Sports

Learners in this course examine the mechanisms athletes use to exceed their perceived physical and mental limitations. In addition, learners apply performance enhancement theories and techniques to help clients improve athletic performance. Topics include strategies such as visualization, meditation, hypnosis, autogenic training, biofeedback, and progressive relaxation. Prerequisite(s): PSY8840.

5 quarter credits
PSY8842 *
Applied Sport Psychology

Learners in this course acquire and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to apply fundamental sport psychology concepts to their chosen profession. Learners consider ethical issues, their personal approach to sport psychology practice, and ways to use research to inform their work. Learners also examine the significance of working with diverse populations and expanding their areas of expertise. Prerequisite(s): PSY8841.

5 quarter credits
PSY8845 *
Current Issues in Sport Psychology

In this course, learners critically analyze the research, theories, and practices of sport psychology. Learners examine current issues in sports and determine ways to ethically and professionally apply sport psychology practices to educate sports participants and to improve the performance of athletes. Prerequisite(s): PSY8842.

5 quarter credits

What you’ll learn

In our master’s in sport psychology you’ll gain the skills to:

  • Relate psychology to sports.
  • Implement theory and research.
  • Apply key principles to a variety of disciplines.
  • Understand, respect, and respond to diversity in sports.
  • Adhere to ethical standards.
  • Present and communicate professionally.

Sport psychology insights

3 Career Paths to Explore in Sport Psychology

An athlete's performance is influenced as much by mental state as physical ability.

Talking Psychology: Thoughts from Faculty Chair Bethany Lohr

Capella gives students the flexibility to earn a degree without having to uproot their entire life.

What is Sport Psychology?

Sports psychology goes beyond helping professional athletes overcome performance anxiety.

Sport psychology professional paths

Here are just some of the career paths to explore with our online master’s in sport psychology.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Adjunct or part-time psychology faculty
  • Instructor
  • Athletic program manager
  • Coach
  • Fitness coach
  • Sport development manager
  • National sport program coordinator
  • Sport psychology assistant
  • Personal trainer

Employment settings to explore

  • P–12 public or private school
  • Community college
  • Fitness club
  • Youth sport organization
  • Health care organization
  • Military
  • Corporation
  • Parks and recreation organization

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

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