Sport & Exercise Science: Social Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, MS
The focus of this emphasis area is upon social psychological concepts as they relate to sport, exercise and physical activity behavior including motivation, self-perceptions, emotion, group processes and socialization. A lifespan developmental perspective is also taken to address these social psychological forms of influence in sport, exercise and physical activity contexts. Involvement in ongoing faculty research opportunities is encouraged. Research in social psychology of sport and physical activity is primarily conducted with individuals in natural or “field” settings. Students in this Master’s program choose between a Thesis Option or Non-Thesis Option.
There are three areas of emphases in the Sport and Exercise Science program at UNC:
- Exercise Physiology
- Social Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity
The Sport and Exercise Science program is not designed to have students major in two areas of emphasis within the program. Instead, each emphasis has elective credits that can be used to gain knowledge of other areas that are not part of your declared emphasis. For example, it is common for graduate students in the Biomechanics emphasis to use elective credits to learn more about Exercise Physiology.
Therefore, rather than completing two master's degrees within Exercise Science, it is recommend that you pursue one master's degree and then, if you are interested in furthering your education, pursue a Ph.D.
At the M.S. level, programs will typically (but not always) admit students to the program in both spring and fall, with the exception of Sport Administration which only admits students in the fall. For specific questions related to these deadlines, applicants are encouraged to communicate directly with faculty in the program they are applying to for further clarifications. Applications received by the appropriate date listed below will receive priority screening. Applications received after the date may not be reviewed if no program spots are available.
- Fall Admissions: Feb. 1
- Spring Admission: Aug. 31
Applicants must apply to the University of Northern Colorado Graduate School before the program area reviews the applicant’s request for admission. Please submit the following materials to the Graduate School. Failure to submit all required materials will delay the evaluation and screening of your application.
- A Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university
- Current Resume (You will upload this after you have completed and submitted the online application.)
- Written Statement of Career Goals applicable to the selected emphasis area. (You will upload this after you have completed and submitted the online application.)
- $50 non-refundable application fee
- International Students: $60 non-refundable application fee
- Completed Online Application
- Two Letters of Recommendation (You will start this process after you have completed and submitted the online application.)
- One official copy of transcripts from all accredited college or university attended since completing high school. UNC Alumni need not submit transcripts
- Applications for assistantships in the School of Sport and Exercise Science should be sent directly to the School. All other application materials should be sent to the UNC Graduate School.