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Bachelor of Science in Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology

Bachelor of Science in Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology

Course Delivery

100% online

Total Credits


Approximate Tuition Cost


Degree Features

Focuses on psychological processes related to sport performance

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science degree in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology provides students, athletes, and those preparing for careers as coaches and sports practitioners with the knowledge of psychological theory and skills to enhance human behavior in the sport and exercise settings and the performing arts. The major differs from existing sport-related bachelor's degree programs due to its focus on psychological processes related to sports performance, as opposed to existing programs that focus on pedagogical, physiological, or business aspects of sports performance.

The Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology major explore social-psychological concepts such as motivation, self-confidence, anxiety, or burnout, and how these concepts interact with the sport environment to influence athletes (e.g., losing focus under pressure or having self-doubts during a game) and performance. The program prepares students with essential knowledge of psychological aspects of sports performance and ethical practice to work in wide-ranging sport-related fields or to further their education in their chosen careers via graduate programs and mental performance certification by the Association of Applied Sport Psychology.

Graduation Requirements:

  • Minimum and Overall GPA: 2.000 
  • Students considering admission into a sport psychology graduate program should attain a higher GPA, as admission to those programs are competitive.  

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Explain the role of the individual and the environments in sport and exercise behavior.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the foundation of motivation in sports sciences, learning, and personal life.
  • Define and illustrate the concepts, tools, and application of mental skills and performance enhancement.
  • Design and evaluate an applied research study from inception to conclusions.
  • Define the standards for competence, domestic and global diversity, and ethical principles (i.e., AASP and APA) and their role in sports psychology professional practice.

Program Structure

  • 120 minimum credits 
  • 53 credits hours major requirements, 39 credits of additional requirements and core courses, 28 general electives (total credit hours depend on earning 120 credit hours, including 39 upper-division credits).

Admissions Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents, and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago. 

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, the strength of high school college preparatory curriculum, and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven regional campuses of Kent State University. For more information on admissions, including additional requirements for some academic programs, visit the admissions website for first-year students.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses: Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull, and Tuscarawas, as well as the Twinsburg Academic Center, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score, minimum 48 PTE score or minimum 100 DET score; or by completing the ESL level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.  

Transfer, Transitioning and Former Students:  For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

Important Dates


Classes Begin

Spring 2023 Semester


Classes Begin

Summer 2023 Semester


Courses for the online BS in Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology frame a range of topics including, but not limited to: Principles and Application of Sport Psychology, High-Performance Athletes, Ethics in Sport, Exercise Psychology, Social Psychology of Sport, Sport in Global Perspective.

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Tuition and Fees

Ohio Residents Non-Ohio Residents
Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit Course Approximate Tuition Cost Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit Course Approximate Tuition Cost
$559.00 $1,677.00 $49,900 $569.00 $1,707.00 $51,100

An additional Distance Learning fee for all students enrolled in a distance learning course is $15 per credit hour. Program tuition and costs are estimated and subject to change.

Total program cost based on Tuition Guarantee Program for a full-time student taking 12-18 credit hours for 8 semesters. Actual tuition costs may vary based on a student’s chosen academic plan. For a complete listing of tuition rates for approved online programs please contact the One Stop for Student Services at 330-672-6000, or via our website Contact Us link.

The total program costs are estimates and are not final or binding. Program costs are based on standard fees, but fees may vary based on the actual classes taken.  Kent State University disclaims any liability arising from the use of or reliance upon these program cost estimates by any person.  Program costs are subject to change without notice.

*Out-of-state/International tuition includes a surcharge of $10 per credit hour for all students enrolled in an online program.

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