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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. Click on the following links to read about McGill’s National and International reputation:

Application Guidelines and Procedures

Students who are interested in applying to the Sport Psychology program in the department of Kinesiology and Physical Education at McGill University will find information on the application process in the following table.

 

 

Master (MA) Program

Doctoral (PhD) Program

Type of Program

Thesis-based. One empirical study that involves gathering and analyzing data

Thesis-based. Usually involves a series (3-4) of studies that are connected to a common theme/topic

Length

2 years. Students are expected to work September to June.

3-5 years. Students are expected to work 11 months of the year.

Admission Standards and Procedures

Minimum of 3.0 undergrad GPA, specializing in one of Kinesiology, Physical Education, Psychology, or a closely-related discipline. Recently admitted students have a CGPA of over 3.4 (on a 4.0 scale). Required:  (i) 2 letters of recommendation; (ii)  2-page (maximum) personal statement; (iii) transcripts; and (iv) online application. Students are encouraged to apply in January after receiveing their final grades from the fall semester.   

High MA GPA, thesis-based program with at least 1 peer-reviewed presentation and publication (which may be in preparation). Required: (i) secured approval of professor before applying to University for admission; (ii) 3 letters of recommendation; (iii) transcripts; (iv) a 2-page program of research summary; (v) committee members identified (in consultation with your supervisor); and (vi) a list of graduate courses

Before Applying

You are highly encouraged to read your potential supervisor’s website to learn about his/her areas of research. You should then email your potential supervisor and indicate your interest in the program.

You are highly encouraged to read your potential supervisors’ website to learn about their areas of research. You must contact your potential supervisor and arrange a telephone or personal meeting with him/her. Contact information:

Dr. Gordon Bloom, phone: 514-398-4184 (x0516), email: gordon.bloom@mcgill.ca. Website: is http://sportpsych.mcgill.ca

 

Funding

Students are expected to apply for funding in Sept/Oct of their last year of undergraduate studies. Securing an external research fellowship is highly beneficial.

Check the following funding agencies for eligibility and fit:

(1) Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada: www.sshrc.ca

(2) Canadian Institutes of Health Research(CIHR): www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca

(3) Fonds de la recherché en Sante

 Students may also be eligible for internal funding opportunities, such as entrance scholarships and research assistantships.

Students should be competitive to apply for and receive external funding, either provincially or nationally.

Check the following funding agencies for eligibility and fit:

(1) Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada: www.sshrc.ca

(2) Canadian Institutes of Health Research(CIHR): www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca

 Students may also be eligible for internal funding opportunities, such as entrance scholarships and research assistantships.

Required Courses

EDKP 654 – Sport Psychology
AND
EDKP 648 -  Physical Activity Psychology
AND
EDKP 672 – Experimental Problems
AND
EDKP 605 – Research Methods
AND
EDPE 676 – Intermediate Statistics
OR
EPIB 607 – Principles of Inferential Statistics in Medicine
OR
PSYC 650 - Statistics

One (1) elective course in your area of interest.

**Possibility of qualifying courses for those students who have not completed their undergraduate degree in either Kinesiology/Physical Education.                                                           

EDKP 654 – Sport Psychology
EDKP 648 -  Physical Activity Psychology

Two (2) statistics and/or methods courses which may include:

EDPE 687 – Qualitative Methods
PSYC 650 - Advanced Statistics
EDPE - Univariate/Multivariate Analysis

Expectations

Seek external funding, attend conferences, join professional organizations, and participate in professional development activities that contribute to the growth of sport and exercise psychology.

Seek external funding, present at conferences, publish, join professional organizations, and participate in professional development activities that contribute to the growth of sport psychology.  Serve as a role model and leader for undergraduate and master’s-level students working in the lab.

Inquiries and Questions

Please contact the graduate advisor in the department of kinesiology and physical education, Ms. Eileen Leduc, telephone: 514-398-4184 ext. 0302 or email: eileen.leduc@mcgill.ca

Please contact your potential supervisor.

Complete application procedure guidelines

http://www.mcgill.ca/edu-kpe/prospective/graduate/

 

http://www.mcgill.ca/edu-kpe/prospective/graduate/

 

 

 

 

 

   
           

Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE]
McGill Sports Complex, 475 Pine Avenue West
Montreal, Quebec H2W 1S4
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