University of Jyväskylä

Sport and Exercise Promotion, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The MS Sport and Exercise Promotion programme from University of Jyväskylä provides students with
  • research-based, interdisciplinary and high quality teaching
  • an individualised study plan
  • practical experience in the field
  • an international study environment
  • networking with the fellow students and experts
  • a possibility for a double degree from two network universities (in sport psychology)

There is an increasing demand for experts in the field of sport and exercise. In sport management this master’s programme qualifies graduates to enter the working life, specialising e.g. in sport development and other expertise positions in public, voluntary and private sectors. Previous and current students in the programme have been employed e.g. in the management positions of major international sport events and as leading experts in sports departments of cities and municipalities or experts in sport organisations.

Graduates from sport psychology will be employed in the private and public sectors as, for example, psychological health and well-being consultants, performance enhancement consultants, or academic researchers in sport and exercise psychology.Sport and health organisations, business companies, sport clubs, and research institutes have offered job opportunities for previous students.

Programme Structure

The programme consists of 120 ECTS credits spread over two years of full-time academic study. Each student will draft an individualised study plan in co-operation with the programme staff. The programme emphasises collaborative learning, supporting the autonomy of the students, and developing social and personal skills. To this end, the programme utilises action-oriented, student-centred and collaborative teaching methods. The study programme consists of general studies (25 ECTS credits), core studies (25 ECTS credits), major-specific specialication studies (60 ECTS credits, including the Master's Thesis) and optional studies (10 ECTS credtis).

Aside from the regular programme modules the Master’s programme also gives students the opportunity to complete an internship/practicum period, gaining valuable experience and expertise to increase their career opportunities upon graduation. These can also be completed abroad. Practicum is an ambitious element in the programme. All students participate and get hands on experience in the professional field. Employers and the professional sector have been associated with our course. For example, sport and health organisations, research institutes, business companies, and sport clubs offer practicum placements, and opportunities for thesis and projects work. Some students in sport psychology have also an option to obtain a double master’s degree by including a mobility period (30 ECTS cr.) in their studies, completed at the University of Thessaly, Greece.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go To The Course Website
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Academic Requirements

Bachelor's degree (minimum duration of three years, 180 ECTS credits) in a relevant field, for example
  • Social Sciences of Sport/Sport Management
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Other Sport Sciences (e.g. Physical Education, Kinesiology, Coaching)
  • Social Sciences (e.g. Sociology)
  • Psychology (e.g. Social Psychology and General Psychology)
  • Business Studies
  • Political Sciences
  • Health Sciences
  • Another related field
English language proficiency
A good command of both written and spoken English is required. Proof of proficiency can be provided in one of the following ways:
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) minimum score of 580 (paper-based) or 92 (Internet-based)
  • IELTS (Academic) minimum score of 6.5
  • PTE (Academic) minimum score of 59
  • CAE or CPE with grade A, B or C
  • Previous education (Bachelor's or Master's degree, high school/upper secondary school) completed fully in English in Great Britain, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. If this option is chosen, a certified school or degree certificate mus be enclosed in the application package. Copies mus be certified by the university issuing the degreem a Notary, Embassy or another public body.
  • Please note: in cases where language proficiency is proven with a language tes, if the results of the language test are below the required minimum, the application will not be processed at all.
Entrance examination and aptitude test

Selection process

The selection process comprises of two parts:

1) Reviewing the application documents

2) Skype interview

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 8000 International

Tuition fees will be introduced only for non-EU/EEA students in Finland from August 2017 onwards. The fees will concern non-EU/EEA degree students who start their studies in English-taught Master's degree programmes in August 2017 or after that at the University of Jyväskylä.


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