The Ph.D. program in Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology at WVU is recognized as one of the premier training programs in the world. It provides students with a comprehensive curriculum delivered by highly qualified faculty. The program combines academic rigor, extensive research experiences and applied consulting opportunities to train highly competent, well-rounded future sport, exercise and performance psychology professionals.
Students initiate their own line of research, work with faculty to produce publishable manuscripts, and complete three research benchmarks in addition to their dissertation. Furthermore, students take part in supervised applied experiences working within a range of different sport, exercise and performance setting, including Division I, II, and III athletic programs. This Ph.D. program, which includes a concurrent master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, allows individuals to sit for counseling licensure upon graduation. With this combination of research and applied aspects of sport, exercise and performance psychology, the program prepares students for careers as sport psychology consultants, researchers and future faculty members. Students may also apply for a science track with more emphasis on research, which does not include the master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
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.