What is Sport Psychology?
Since Sport and Exercise Psychology are regarded as two separate sub-disciplines, McGill University offers distinct concentrations within the graduate degree. A graduate degree in either sport or exercise psychology will help prepare you for a range of truly stimulating career options in teaching, research, coaching, consulting, or allied health.
In Canada, Sport Psychology is an interdisciplinary field that is acknowledged as a core discipline within Kinesiology and Physical Education. Sport Psychology involves the scientific study of people and their behaviours in sport and the practical applications of that knowledge. Most people study sport psychology with two objectives in mind: (1) to understand how psychological and social factors influence an individual’s behavioural outcomes (e.g., sport performance, exercise motivation) and (2) to understand how participation in sport and exercise influences psychological and social development, health, and well-being (Weinberg & Gould, 1999). Sport psychology can be applied to a broad population base, such as elite or recreational athletes, youth, older adults, physically and/or mentally disabled, and chronic disease.
McGill University is situated in the downtown core of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, which is a major cosmopolitan city. McGill is rated among the top universities in the world, and Kinesiology and Physical Education is a multidisciplinary department with internationally-recognized faculty. McGill's graduate program in Sport and Exercise Psychology (M.A., Ph.D.) can offer you a number of distinct advantages, including development and strengthening of knowledge and skills in your interest areas through strong faculty mentoring. In addition, a 5:1 student-faculty ratio will ensure that you will receive personalized attention. Finally, advising focused on the selection of courses, research topics, and practicum experiences will help advance your career goals.