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Sport Psychology Specialization Master of Science in Psychology

Harold Abel School of Psychology

Gain a Competitive Edge in Sport Psychology

Take your place in the field of sport psychology. Capella’s online master's in psychology, sport psychology degree can put you on the path to help individuals, athletes, coaches, parents, and teams enhance or restore performance. Build your ability to address athletic performance, motivation, and recovery by helping athletes and others merge physical and mental states. Draw on knowledge from kinesiology, biomechanics, and physiology, and help guide individuals through the pressures associated with sports, physical therapy, or business ventures.

At a Glance

  • Online 
  • FlexPath Available 
  • 4 Core Courses
  • 7 Specialization Courses
  • 1 Integrative Project

Classes Start September 10th

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.

Admission Requirements » | $50 Application Fee

What You’ll Learn

Relate Psychology to Sports

Understand the foundations of psychology and their application to sport psychology practice.

Apply Sport Psychology Principles

Apply principles of sport psychology to coaching, performance enhancement, athletic training, or consulting.

Implement Theory & Research

Customize working models that fit specific populations with sport psychology theory and research.

Adhere to Ethical Standards

Apply ethical principles and standards of psychology to academic and professional activities.

Embrace Diversity

Understand, respect, and respond to differences and diversity in the practice of sport psychology. 

Present Professionally

Effectively communicate psychological concepts and information within the professional community and public.

Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Learn from Scholar-Practitioners

Our faculty is made up of leading scholar-practitioners who bring the latest theories, practices, and experiences to the courserooms. 

Real-World Application

Our competency-based education approach allows you to immediately apply coursework learning to the work you do every day.

Flexible Schedule

Thanks to FlexPath, you can earn your degree on your own schedule, at your own pace, potentially saving you time and money.

Professionally Credible, Professionally Aligned

This program is built on core psychology coursework to ensure professional credibility, and it’s designed for those interested in learning how psychology influences sports, athletic performance, and exercise. You'll learn theory and research and gain the skills to help empower performance.

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 percent competency-based, online learning formats to best fit your needs. Which learning format is right for you? Take our Path Finder Quiz

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it.  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
$485 per credit, 60 total quarter credits, 15 max transfer credits

Our self-paced learning format lets you take courses at your own speed, moving onto the next course when you're ready.

  • Take unlimited courses (up to two at a time) per 12-week billing session
  • 2 Capella quarter credits = 1 program point
  • Set your own deadlines, no courseroom discussions
  • Pay a flat tuition fee per session*
$2,700 per 12-week billing session, 30 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.

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. 

Employer & Association Discounts

Many employers and organizations partner with Capella to offer tuition discounts. Talk to an enrollment counselor to learn more. 

10% Military Discount

Active-duty military service members, their spouses, and veterans could be eligible for a discount.

Transfer Credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools. 

Flexible, Engaging Online Learning

Access your online learning environment anytime, anywhere, with any device, and set your own schedule while meeting deadlines.

Accredited & Respected

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

Sample Courses

In our master's in psychology, sport psychology program, you'll learn how psychology influences sports and athletic performance. Apply psychology to sports; use theory and research to customize working models that fit specific populations.

Some of the courses you will take:

Course Number Course Title
PSY7411 Learning Theories in Psychology
PSY8840 Principles of Sport Psychology
PSY8841 Performance Enhancement in Sports
PSY8842 Applied Sport Psychology
PSY8845 Current Issues in Sport Psychology

Faculty & Support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment Counselors

These folks are superstars. We hear it from our students (and grads). They’re here to help find a program fit and set you up for success.  


Want to learn more about courses, instructors, or resources? Ask our advisors—they know all about the details of your program.


Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach the knowledge and skills you’ll need, now.

Career Center

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

Relevant Blog Posts

What Is Sport Psychology?

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Three Career Paths in Sport Psychology

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Move Forward in Your Career

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our MS in Psychology, Sport Psychology degree.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

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

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • P-12 public/private school
  • Community college
  • Fitness club
  • Youth sport organization
  • Health care
  • Military
  • Corporation
  • Park 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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