Adams State University Online Master of Science in Kinesiology, Applied Sports Psychology Emphasis

Why Adams State University? 

Candidates are wanted for the online Master of Science in Kinesiology with Applied Sports Psychology Emphasis program at Adams State University, a small public research university in Alamosa, Colorado. Students without undergraduate majors in business, psychology, kinesiology, physical education, exercise & sport science, or similar fields may need to take preparatory or “leveling” courses. For your application, no test scores are necessary. A minimum GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate coursework is required of all students.

Program Snapshot

University Name Adams State University
Location Alamosa
State Colorado Grade C
Name of Degree Master of Science in Kinesiology, Applied Sports Psychology Emphasis 
School or Department Administering Program Department of Kinesiology
Credits 36
Cost per credit $435.00
Tuition for Entire Program $15,660
Test Requirements none
Minimum GPA 3.0
Prerequisite Courses and Skills Students without undergraduate majors in physical education, exercise & sport science, kinesiology, sport psychology, psychology, business or related areas may be required to take prerequisite or “leveling” courses.
Campus Visit Required? no
Typical Time to Complete 2 years
When Can Students Start the Program? Fall
Program Concentrations none
Synchronous classes both
Required Courses
  • Introduction to Research
  • Statistical Methods in KIN; Practicum in Kinesiology
  • Diversity & Equity in Sport
  • Applied Sport Psychology
  • Mental Strength & Conditioning
  • Ethics in Applied Sport Psychology
  • Case Studies in Applied Sport Psychology
  • Capstone Project
Does the Program Include a Capstone? Yes
Does the program include a practicum or internship? Yes
Other Features that Make the Program Unique Sports psychology emphasis; integration with kinesiology department including research and practicum opportunities; focus on case studies
Program Objectives (quoted directly from the program)
  • Knowledge of ethical and professional standards in sports psychology
  • Ability to conduct quantitative research in sports psychology
  • Knowledge of common issues in sports psychology
  • Ability to evaluate problems in sports psychology and choose appropriate treatment interventions
  • Knowledge of mental conditioning techniques
Program Description This 36-credit program offers the opportunity to study sports psychology within a department of kinesiology. The curriculum prepares graduates to conduct research in sports psychology, to evaluate problems in sports performance, mental conditioning and other topics, and to recommend appropriate interventions. The program can be completed within 2 years, and includes both a required capstone and a required internship. 

What will I Learn?

Sports psychologists use psychological knowledge to assess performance, motivation, learning and other processes at play in the minds of athletes, and to formulate interventions to facilitate improvement and wellness.

Graduates gain the theoretical and practical knowledge to be able to evaluate problems in sports psychology and choose appropriate interventions. Through case studies and a required practicum, they learn ethical and professional standards. Through a required capstone project, the develop the ability to conduct quantitative research in the field.

Diversity and Equity in Sport, Applied Sport Psychology and Mental Strength and Conditioning comprise foundational curriculum. The program’s research methodology component is comprised of Introduction to Research and Statistical Methods in KIN. Students apply their knowledge and skills in Practicum in Kinesiology. They hone analytical skills throughout Ethics in Applied Sport Psychology and Case Studies in Applied Sport Psychology. Students are required to complete a research project.

How much will the program cost?

Students finish their degree within 2 years and pay 435 per credit for a total of 36 credits, or $15,660 for the entire degree.

How does the program fit into my life?

Courses may be taught synchronously, meaning that students attend online classes at a specified time along with their instructor and classmates. Some courses may be taught asynchronously. In such a class, the instructor provides students with weekly online activities such as videos, written assignments, technical exercises, or quizzes. Online resources could include activities like practice exercises, group discussions, and video lectures. Students do not visit the campus unless they desire.

The majority of students finish the program in 2 years. Every year, the program’s Fall semester accepts new students. The curriculum is flexible and offers scheduling options that allow students to balance life and work.


With a strong focus on applying theoretical knowledge to problems in the real world, this program in sports psychology may offer the right balance for applicants seeking a career in sports psychology or an entry to further study and research in this area. The program is quite low in cost compared to peers. The university offers an accessible and user-friendly environment with small academic programs and the opportunity to collaborate with faculty.