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Sport Psychology

Dive into the mind of an athlete as you prepare to be a professional leader in exercise and sport psychology.

The Bachelor of Arts in Sport Psychology is the only one of its kind in Canada.

It is offered in partnership with the Department of Psychology, and is designed to introduce students to the field of Sport Psychology (both theoretical and applied), and to foster a multi-disciplinary understanding of the psychological factors that affect performance and how participation in sport and exercise affect psychological and physical factors. In addition to instruction and training of psychological skills for performance improvement and enhanced motivation, applied sport psychology may include work with athletes, coaches, and parents regarding injury, rehabilitation, communication, team building, and career transitions. Working with or acting as a coach, teacher, wellness consultant, or researcher in sport and physical activity, the experiences and knowledge provided through this program will lend themselves well to a professional workplace setting. The program is not intended as a terminal degree and allows for students to continue their studies at the graduate level in education or masters programs.

Of major note is the fact that the Sport Psychology program can be taken in conjunction with the Concurrent Education program to allow students to complete their BA degree after 4 years of study and their teaching certificate and Bachelor of Education at the end of their 5th year of studies.

Academic Advisor

Dr. Robert Schinke

Telephone: (705) 675-1151 ext. 1045


Office: B-235, B.F. Avery Physical Education Centre, Sudbury Campus

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By land area, Greater Sudbury is the largest city in Ontario and as such, the great outdoors beckon with its vast expanse of lakes and waterways, varied terrain, forests and comprehensive network of trails.
Delivery Method: On campus
Program Language: English

The objectives of the Sport Psychology program reflect a number of different disciplines and give the student a well-rounded education that allows for opportunities of preparing professional leaders in physical activity and sport. The objectives include practical experiences working with coaches and teachers in the field, psychological assessment protocols, stress management techniques, conflict resolution, motivation and group dynamics, goal setting, and cultural studies all in a multi-disciplinary approach. Internationally renowned sport and exercise psychology researchers and/or practitioners, small class sizes, and internship opportunities are all highlights of this program.

Students acquire a solid foundation by taking courses in the School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences and the Department of Psychology. This program is also offered in French with a few courses excepted. All students in the program must complete one internship in the community and have the option of completing a second internship if they wish. Students also have the opportunity to complete an undergraduate thesis or to take additional courses in order to complete a Minor in an area of interest in the Humanities, Social Sciences or Sciences.

The Sport Psychology program lends itself to developing leaders of the future, particularly in the area of sport and exercise psychology which are foundations of our society. Our need for physical activity, stress management techniques and applied information on the physical, personal, interpersonal and social relationships and cultural are critical to our well-being.



Ontario High School Applicants

Program Prerequisites:

  • 1 grade 12 English U/M course; 5 other grade 12 U/M courses
  • A minimum overall average of 75% in the 6 best grade 12 U/M courses

Additional information for applicants who have completed Advanced Placement courses.

Additional information for applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate.

Click here to view information regarding General Admission Requirements.


Applicants from outside an Ontario High School 

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Mature Students

Canadian Applicants

If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you must complete your application through the Ontario Universities Application Center (OUAC).

For detailed instructions on the application process, see the How to Apply: Undergraduate Studies page.

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For Current Students

The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.

Sport Psychology (B.A.) (120 credits)

This program focuses on the ways in which mental training impacts performance by examining motivation, psychometrics, anatomy, ethics in sports, biomechanics, mental training strategies, stress management, etc.

This program is not intended as a terminal degree as further study may be required to pursue different career options.

All students entering a BA program as of September 2017 are required to take 6 credits each of linguistic awareness, scientific literacy and indigenous content as per the regulations.

Although the requirements have been slotted in first year in the description below, students may fulfill them at any time during their studies.

Eligible courses are available at the 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 levels and students should take them at the appropriate time in their studies.

Courses fulfilling these requirements may be taken as electives or as part of a minor, concentration, major or specialization. 


Program of Study

First Year:

PHED 0199E     Outdoor School I

PHED 1006E     Exercise Science, Wellness and Health

PHED 1206E     Perspectives of Physical Education and Sport

BIOL 2105E     Human Anatomy and Physiology + lab

PSYC 1105E     Introduction to Psychology *Minimum grade of C (60%) required

12 elective credits


Note:    In order to advance to the second year of the program, students must provide a photocopy of a current Certificate in CPR (level C) and First Aid before February 28.


Second Year:

PHED 0299E     Outdoor School II

PHED 2206E     Motor Learning + lab

PHED 4216E     Sports Psychology

STAT 2126E      Introduction to Statistics *Minimum grade of C (60%) required

PSYC 2005E     Developmental Psychology

PSYC 2127E     Scientific Method and Analysis II

PSYC 2707E     Motivation

PSYC 3806E     Social Psychology I

6 elective credits



Third Year:

PHED 0399E     Outdoor School III

PHED 3061E     Exercise Psychology

PHED 3136E     Research and Professional Ethics in Kinesiology

PHED 3406E     Mental Training in Sport Psychology

PHED 4516E     Stress Management

PSYC 3206E     Fundamentals of Psychometrics

PSYC 3256E     Design and Analysis I

PSYC 3306E     Learning

PSYC 3807E     Social Psychology II

     (OR)  PSYC 2706E     Emotion

     (OR)  PSYC 2656E     Physiological Psychology

6 elective credits


Fourth Year:

PHED 4107E     Human Development and Physical Activity

PHED 4217E     Sports in Society

PHED 4996E     Sport Psychology Internship

PHED 4546E     Mental Health and Wellness

One of the following combinations:

     A.   PSYC 4206E     Adolescent and Adult Clinical Psychology

           (AND)  PSYC 4207E     Clinical Child Psychology

     B.   PSYC 4206E     Adolescent and Adult Clinical Psychology

           (AND) 3cr upper-year PSYC elective

     C.   PSYC 4207E     Clinical Child Psychology

           (AND) 3cr upper-year PSYC elective

PSYC 4105E     Honours Thesis

     (OR)  PHED 4805E     Thesis in Kinesiology

     (OR)  6 upper-year elective credits

6 elective credits




Academic Regulations

To be in good academic standing in the School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences, the student must:
1) satisfy all conditions of admission;
2) not fail more than 3 credits in an academic year or in the previous 30 credits;
3) maintain a cumulative overall average of at least 4.0 on all courses taken.
A student who fails to attain good academic standing may be allowed to continue on probation for no more than one year (or 30 credits). If after one probationary period, the student does attain good academic standing, he or she may proceed in program.  However, if after the probationary period, the student fails to attain good academic standing, he or she must withdraw from the School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences, but may apply to transfer to another program at the university.
A student who fails over 6 credits in the 1st-year of program may not proceed to upper year PHED courses.
After one calendar year, a student who has been asked to withdraw from the program may petition the Senate Committee on Academic Regulations and Awards for readmission, but such measures should have the recommendation of the academic unit before being considered by the Senate Committee.

PHED-1006EL - Exercise Science, Wellness and Health PHED-1099EL - Outdoor School I PHED-1106EL - Human Movement PHED-1206EL - Perspectives of Physical Education and Sport PHED-1506EL - Anatomy and Kinesiology I PHED-1507EL - Anatomy and Kinesiology II PSYC-1105EL - Introduction to Psychology PHIL-2536EL - Ethical Issues in Contemporary Sport EDUC-0010EL - Orientation to Teaching EDUC-0110EL - Ontario College of Teachers Colloquium EDUC-1016EL - Introduction to Teaching and Learning EDUC-1024EL - Social and Legal Issues EDUC-1046EL - Indigenous Ways of Learning EDUC-0190EL - Pre-Practicum Placement I - PHED-2099EL - Outdoor School II PHED-2116EL - Biomechanics I PHED-2206EL - Motor Learning PHED-4216EL - Sports Psychology PSYC-2005EL - Developmental Psychology STAT-2126EL - Introduction to Statistics PSYC-2127EL - Scientific Method and Analysis II PSYC-2707EL - Motivation EDUC-0210EL - Safe Classrooms EDUC-0320EL - Introduction to the Federations EDUC-2006EL - Education and Schooling
EDUC-3026EL - Mathematical Content Review for Teachers - PHED-3099EL - Outdoor School III PHED-3406EL - Mental Training in Sport Psychology PHED-3996EL - Special Topics in Sport Psychology PHED-4516EL - Stress Management PSYC-3206EL - Fundamentals of Psychometrics PSYC-3256EL - Design and Analysis I PSYC-3306EL - Learning PSYC-3806EL - Social Psychology I PSYC-2656EL - Physiological Psychology PSYC-2706EL - Emotion EDUC-0290EL - Pre-Practicum Placement 2 EDUC-0320EL - Introduction to the Federations EDUC-3006EL - Educational Psychology/Special Education EDUC-3096EL - Ed. & Schooling in RC Schools - PHED-4107EL - Human Development and Physical Activity PHED-4217EL - Sports in Society PHED-4996EL - Sport Psychology Internship PSYC-4206EL - Adolescent and Adult Clinical Psychology EDUC-0340EL - Collective Bargaining EDUC-0390EL - Pre-Practicum Placement 3 EDUC-3014EL - Initial Practicum Preparation EDUC-3114EL - Initial Practicum

List of Faculty Members

Sessional Members:

  • Randy Battochio
  • Jean  Benoît
  • Lise Brown
  • Michelle Brunette
  • Carlo Castrechino
  • Randy Cavallin
  • James Coffey
  • Coulombe Jasmine
  • Carla Cox
  • Tony Cox
  • Caroline Dignard
  • Nicole Dubuc-Charbonneau
  • Gino Ferri
  • Charles Fink
  • Sarah Forbes
  • Sheila Gagnon
  • Robert Jack
  • Thomas Lee Kingston
  • Michelle Laurence
  • Jeffrey McGarry
  • Karen Rebeiro Grouhl
  • Raymond Savignac
  • Olivier Serress
  • Natalie Tissot Van Patot
  • Andelka Tuttle
  • Diana Urajnik
  • Melissa Wiman

Adjunct Professors:

  • Ben Hejer, Ph. D.
  • Hakim Hariti, Ph. D.
  • Pascal Lefebvre, Ph. D.
  • Nicole Dubuc-Charbonneau, Ph. D.
  • Ann Pegoraro, Ph. D.
  • to be completed

Faculty Members:


Jaouad Alem

Jaouad Alem

School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences
Jian Chen

Jian Chen

School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences
Sandra Dorman

Sandra Dorman

School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences
Tammy Eger

Tammy Eger

Office of the Vice-President, Research
Alison Godwin

Alison Godwin

School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences
Sylvain Grenier

Sylvain Grenier

School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences
Georges Kpazai

Georges Kpazai

School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences
Michel Larivière

Michel Larivière

School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences
Nancy Lightfoot

Nancy Lightfoot

School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences
James Little

James Little

School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences
Kerry McGannon

Kerry McGannon

School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences
Ginette Michel

Ginette Michel

School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences
Sebastien Nault

Sebastien Nault

School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences
Bruce Oddson

Bruce Oddson

School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences
Barbara Ravel

Barbara Ravel

School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences
Stephen Ritchie

Stephen Ritchie

School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences
Robert Schinke

Robert Schinke

School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences
Amanda Schweinbenz

Amanda Schweinbenz

School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences
Yvonne St-Denis

Yvonne St-Denis

School of Nursing
Elizabeth Wenghofer

Elizabeth Wenghofer

School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences