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How will your sports psychology education stack up?

If you are considering pursuing a sports psychology degree at home, below is relevant information to help you compare the education you will be receiving to that available elsewhere in the country. The US has 14 brick and mortar sports psychology schools.

Top Schools

The top schools in the nation in 2010 that had sports psychology programs were:

  1. Ithaca College - located in Ithaca, New York
  2. Texas Christian University - located in Fort Worth, Texas
  3. Central Michigan University - located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Student Demographics

In the US, 176 students graduated from sports psychology programs in 2010. Of these students, 137 received an undergraduate degree in sports psychology.


Students can pursue education in sports psychology at the following levels:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Sports Psychology
  • Master's Degree in Sports Psychology

During the course of their sports psychology education, students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge:

  • Problem Solving
  • Coaching and Leadership
  • Psychology Theories
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Critical Thinking and Analysis


In 2010, sports psychology schools around the nation charged an average tuition of $22,336 per year. The sports psychology schools charging the highest tuition were:

  1. Ithaca College - located in Ithaca, New York, students paid $32,060
  2. Texas Christian University - located in Fort Worth, Texas, students paid $28,298
  3. Canisius College - located in Buffalo, New York, students paid $29,512

The lowest tuition was charged by the following sports psychology schools:

  1. Western Michigan University - located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, students paid $8,382
  2. Central Michigan University - located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, students paid $10,170
  3. Trevecca Nazarene University - located in Nashville, Tennessee, students paid $16,976

How will your sports psychology job compare?

A large number of sports psychology majors work as sports psychologists after graduation. In 2010, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 100,700 sports psychologists working in the US. The following states have the largest number of sports psychologists:

  1. California - 15,510 Sports Psychologists
  2. New York - 10,300 Sports Psychologists
  3. Texas - 5,710 Sports Psychologists

Projected Growth

The projected growth for sports psychologists is expected to be the fastest in the following states:

  1. Georgia - 26%
  2. Utah - 25%
  3. Arkansas - 22%


A sports psychologist in the US earns $68,877 per year on average. However, factors such as education, work conditions, or location can cause the salary for a sports psychologist to vary greatly. Approximately 10 percent of sports psychologists earn less than $15,510 per year, while another 10 percent earn more than $164,810 per year. Sports psychologists in the following states make the highest salaries on average:

  1. New Jersey - $91,910 per year
  2. Colorado - $88,930 per year
  3. California - $82,770 per year

The states with the lowest average salary for sports psychologists are:

  1. Mississippi - $45,000 per year
  2. Montana - $47,790 per year
  3. West Virginia - $48,170 per year

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists 100,700 $72,540 1.9%