Taught course

Psychology, Experimental (Health and Sports Psychology Option)

University of West Alabama · University of West Alabama
Master of Science

Entry requirements

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 2.8 grade point average (four-point scale) or graduation from an accredited college or university with a master’s degree or higher with a minimum of 3.0 grade point average (four-point scale) is required.

A minimum score of 280 (combined) on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (verbal and Quantitative), and a minimum score of 3 on the writing portion.

On-time application packet that contains the application form, all student transcripts, GRE scores, a Statement of Purpose, and a list of three academic references with full names, titles/positions, school names, current telephone numbers and email addresses.

Achievement of the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the degree program. The admissions committee will review the application packets based on minimum requirements and capacity of the faculty members in the program.

This program is also offered online. Core Curriculum and Theory courses will be offered synchronously using Blackboard Collaborate beginning in the Fall 1 or Spring 1 terms, and will last the full sixteen week duration.

Applications are due April 15 for fall admission, and September 15 for spring admission.

Months of entry

January, August

Course content

MS in Experimental Psychology Health and Sports Psychology Option provides enhanced training in psychology-based statistics and research methods, health psychology, and sports psychology. If the program is completed in full, under the guidance of a mentor, students can apply for masters-level sports psychology consultant certifications. All students, whether online or on campus, will receive that specialized attention expected with an on campus program and often missing from traditional online classes.

Why this program:

  • Training to better prepare for work in the field of health and sports psychology.
  • Training for masters-level certifications.
  • Presentation and publication opportunities.

Program Requirements (US Semester Credit Hours):

I. Core Curriculum: 15 hours

A. Statistics and Research Methods Courses: 6 hours

  • PY 501. Statistics and Research Methods I (3)
  • PY 502. Statistics and Research Methods II (3)

B. Theory Courses: 9 hours

  • PY 515. Advanced Sports Psychology (3)
  • PY 520. The Diagnostic Process for Mental Disorders (3)
  • PY 528. Health Psychology (3)

2. Applied Courses: 18 - 24 hours

Choose six to eight courses from the following:

  • PY 510. Advanced Developmental Psychology (3)
  • PY 529. Psychopharmacology (3)
  • PY 530. Advanced Social Psychology (3)
  • PY 540. Advanced Cognitive Psychology (3)
  • PY 541. Techniques of Counseling (3)
  • PY 544. Exercise Physiology (3)
  • PY 565. Psychology and Sociology of Human Performance (3)
  • PY 595. Professional Orientation and Ethics (3)
  • PY 597. Selected Topics in Psychology (1-3)

3. Practicum: 3 hours

  • PY 598. Psychology Practicum (3)

4. Thesis (6 hours) or Comprehensive Exam Options

  • PY 500. Master's Thesis Research (3)
  • PY 590. Master's Thesis (1-3)

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

International students

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are available to qualified students in certain fields of study. Assistantships are usually granted for a period of nine months. Normally, there are no stipends for the summer semester. Students desiring to make application for graduate stipends should write to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies, the University of West Alabama, Station 31, Livingston, Alabama 35470, for application forms.

Qualification and course duration

Master of Science

part time
24-36 months
full time
18-36 months
distance learning
15-36 months

Course contact details

Dr. Mark Davis