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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Kinesiology

Option in Sport and Exercise Psychology (Master of Science)

This option is designed to prepare students for careers in sport and exercise psychology, in particular as athletic performance enhancements specialists and/or as researchers and teachers in academic settings.



1. Core (18 units):

KIN 512 Legal and Ethical Issues in Sport (3)

KIN 572 Applied Sport Psychology (3)

KIN 577 Sport in U.S. Culture (3)

KIN 578 Psychological Aspects of Exercise and Fitness (3)

KIN 633 Seminar in Sport Psychology (3)

KIN 696 Research Methods and Statistical Analysis (3)

Prerequisites: Undergraduate major in Kinesiology or related field, undergraduate Statistic course or equivalent.

2. Elective Courses (12 units):

Select four of the following courses:

KIN 573, KIN 575, KIN 630, KIN 697, PSY 553, PSY 575, PSY 678.

3. Select either option A or B (6 units):

A. Thesis/Project: KIN 698 Thesis/Project (6 units)

B.  Pass written and oral portions of Comprehensive Exam and complete six (6) units chosen from Elective Courses.

*Prerequisite courses for option in Sport and Exercise Psychology:

PSY 100 (General Psychology)

Undergraduate course in probability and statistics

KIN 339I (Psychology of Sport Behavior and Athletic Performance).

* Equivalent courses at other institutions may be substituted.

Contact Information

For answers to specific questions regarding the Option in Sport and Exercise Psychology, please contact Tiffanye Vargas , Ph.D.