The Ph.D. program in Sport and Exercise Psychology is recognized as one of the premier training programs in the world. The SEP doctoral program combines academic rigor and real-life practice to train future sport psychology professionals. The comprehensive curriculum represents the science-practice model of psychology.

This Ph.D. program, which includes a concurrent Master's program in Community Counseling, is designed to train students to become academic professionals who excel in teaching and research. As important as physical training is for an athlete, psychological training and wellness are critical components to their success. Elite sport organizations and athletes use consultants to help with this training. WVU’s doctoral 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 faculty to produce publishable manuscripts. With a combination of research and applied aspects of sport and exercise psychology, the program prepares sport psychology consultants, researchers and future faculty members.

Because graduates will be license-eligible they may pursue a counseling or consulting career with full-time applied work. Students can apply for and be accepted into this program straight from a bachelor’s degree or after the completion of a master’s degree. Those students coming straight from a bachelor’s degree will complete a master’s degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology and another master’s degree in Community Counseling along the way to finishing their Ph.D. Students complete three research benchmarks and take part in multiple supervised internships working with athletic teams or in applied health settings during the program. These experiences allow students to gain the experiences necessary to be successful upon graduation. Many students work 20 hours/week during the semester as a graduate assistant either teaching, providing, service or conducting research. In return for these contributions, graduate assistants receive a tuition waiver and stipend.