As important as physical training is for an athlete, psychological training and wellness. Elite sport organizations and athletes need consultants to help them with this training and the WVU’s doctorate degree in sport and exercise psychology prepares students for this role. The program provides a comprehensive curriculum delivered by highly qualified faculty. Students initiate their own line of research and work with the faculty to produce publishable manuscripts. With a combination of both research and applied aspects of sport and exercise psychology, this program prepares not only sport psychology consultants, but also produces SEP teachers.

Students can be admitted into the doctoral program with either an undergraduate degree or master’s degree. Because of this, students admitted to the SEP doctoral program with a bachelor’s degree will also earn a master’s degree in counseling. Thus, upon completion of the doctoral program, students are also awarded a master’s degree in counseling and can sit for the licensure examination as a professional counselor.

The WVU SEP doctoral program works to further enhance its status as one of the premier training programs. Outside of learning, doctoral students will teach classes in the undergraduate program and consult with local athletes. Students and faculty work together to maintain a positive academic and professional environment to develop strong teachers, researchers, and consultants.