Sport and exercise psychology professionals have recently been highlighted in television and film, bringing the academic field of sport and exercise psychology into new light. The goal of the SEP program at WVU is to help students combine a passion for sports with an evidence-based approach to psychology.

Although some students find employment in a sports-related field (e.g., coaching, recreation and fitness) after graduating from the program, most students who wish to pursue a career in SEP go on to graduate school. These students find jobs working with performers in a variety of settings, including college and professional sports, the military, performing arts, public health and counseling.

To practice in the field, graduate-level training in SEP is needed.  Students are prepared for the academic field through coursework in sport psychology, sport sciences and professional development. Our students are consistently gaining entry into a variety of graduate programs, for example counseling, public health, business, law and physical or occupational therapy among many others.