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Undergraduate

Robert Morris University is one of the only undergraduate programs in the country to offer formalized coursework in sport psychology and is the only undergraduate program in Western Pennsylvania that offers training experiences for undergraduates interested in careers in sport and exercise psychology.

Sport psychology explores how psychological factors affect sport performance and how engaging in sport and exercise impacts a person’s physical health and psychological well-being. RMU's sport psychology curriculum is based within the psychology program. Students take a series of six courses related to psychology, sport, learning, performance, physical activity and nutrition, and development.

A Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Sport Psychology is a versatile degree that can prepare students for entry-level jobs in the sport and wellness industries. Students with training in sport and exercise psychology are well-suited for careers in areas such as:

  • Coaching, fitness training, or sport and recreational programming
  • Healthcare, including jobs that promote physical activity, reduce obesity, or encourage wellness
  • Business, where performance psychology training can be applied to leadership and team development or marketing
  • Higher Education, as an academic advisor, tutor, or mentor for student-athletes

With further education, a student trained in sport psychology will be qualified to work as a consultant or athletic counselor, professor, or in research or educational positions at places such as the NCAA or the Army Center for Enhanced Performance. The sport psychology concentration is designed to prepare students to be competitive applicants to graduate programs in the field.

Below is a typical four-year course of study for sport psychology students, including major requirements and electives. Your own schedule will vary based on your own interests. 

FRESHMAN/Fall Semester FRESHMAN/Spring Semester
General Psychology survey of Economics
Fundamentals of Info. Systems Principles of Sociology
Reading & Writing Strategies Math Reasoning w/ Apps.
Physical Fitness Argument & Research
U.S. History I Applied Psychology
SOPHOMORE/Fall Semester SOPHOMORE/Spring Semester
Humanities: Art and Music Statistics
Public Speaking & Persuasion Professional Communications
Child Psychology Physiological Psychology
Literature elective Sensation & Perception
Social Psychology Abnormal Psychology
JUNIOR/Fall Semester JUNIOR/Spring Semester
Methods in Behavioral Research Industrial Psychology
Cognitive Psychology Psychology of Learning
Psychology of Sport     Sport Psychology elective
General elective                      General elective
General elective General elective
SENIOR/Fall Semester SENIOR/Spring Semester
Applied Psych. Thesis Sport Psychology elective
Applied Psych. Practicum General elective     
Sport Psychology elective         General elective
General elective General elective
General elective General elective

 

For students in other majors, RMU also offers a psychology minor, which can serve at least two purposes. It can support a major by enabling students to obtain greater depth in a related discipline; and it can provide some competency in an area of interest that is unrelated to a student's major. Ultimately, the psychology minor will help students learn about the science of psychology as well as increase their understanding of contemporary issues in the field to help them think critically about human behavior.

For example, students in elementary or secondary education may decide to minor in psychology in order to enhance their knowledge of the cognitive and behavioral issues pertaining to children and young adults. A business major interested in a human resources career could develop a competitive advantage by pursuing a minor in psychology. Many students simply enjoy psychology topics or are interested in learning more about themselves and can acquire the academic recognition of such interest by completing the minor in psychology.

At Robert Morris University, we’re not just training our students to get a job, we’re educating them for a whole series of professional careers—and for a lifetime of enrichment and contribution. We call the RMU education “engaged learning,” and we are one of a handful of schools around the nation that offers students a Student Engagement Transcript to certify their character-building credentials as well as their academic credentials. Our unique combination of high-quality academics with a professional focus allows us to transform our graduates.

Psychology Club  Psychology Club The organization was chartered in Spring 2006, with the main purpose being to allow Robert Morris students majoring or interested in the field, to come together and participate in related activities. Some of these activities include teaching members about the field of psychology and providing opportunities to participate in psychology related field trips and lectures. We would also like to increase the visibility of psychology at RMU and generate interest in psychological issues among the RMU community. Active membership is open to all RMU students.

For more information, contact Samantha Monda, Ph. D., assistant professor of psychology at monda@rmu.edu
or 412-397-6036.

The SESS faculty is comprised of caring individuals who accept the responsibility for educating the "whole" student at RMU.  Consequently, our faculty members are specialists in their areas of expertise who effectively implement sound instructional practices when teaching and just as importantly, they engage students in a variety of purposeful enrichment activities outside the classroom setting.  As all faculty possess related work experience as practitioners in the field, such as principals, superintendents, teachers, researchers, authors, psychologists, counselors, etc.,  students learn from them first-hand what it takes to succeed.  

Scholarships are available based upon academic achievement. 

For freshmen, high school grade point average and ACT/SAT scores are used. For transfer students, the cumulative grade point average of all college courses is used. Scholarships range from $1000 per year up to full tuition. (To calculate your scholarship eligibility, click here.)

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