Prerequisite Coursework

The prerequisite coursework varies depending on your concentration.

Concentration Prerequisites

  • 3 psychology courses (9+ credits, courses can be outside a psychology department, e.g., educational psychology, organizational behavior, social psychology). It is strongly encouraged that at least one of these courses be in sport or exercise psychology.
  • Statistics or tests & measurement (3 credits)

It is strongly encouraged that applicants outside the field of kinesiology take a course in sport psychology.

  • Anatomy & physiology (7+ credits; 2 semesters, at least one semester with a lab)
  • Kinesiology or biomechanics (3 credits)
  • Exercise physiology (3-4 credits, with lab)
  • Statistics or tests & measurement (3 credits)
  • Psychology (3 credits)

It is desirable that students have coursework in exercise testing and prescription.

Prerequisite Deficiencies

If you are unsure if your coursework meets these prerequisites, please contact the Graduate Program Chair. The Chair can provide information on undergraduate coursework that may or may not complete these requirements.

If you have not completed the required prerequisites, you can either make them up before arriving on campus or while studying at Ithaca College. The Department can admit students with 2 deficient courses for full-time graduate student status. However, if a student is lacking more than 2 courses, we can only accept you as a provisional student. Please see more information in our FAQ section.


Deborah King
Graduate Program Chair
Department of Exercise Science and Athletic Training
Ithaca College
324 Center for Health Sciences
Ithaca, NY 14850