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Springfield, MA


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Graduate Programs that set you up for success

Education at Springfield College is all about taking action. Graduate students at Springfield College put their classroom education to practice through fieldwork and service learning. It’s a learning advantage based on the College’s historic mission, the Humanics philosophy, which calls for educating students in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in service to others. Humanics is at the base of everything the College does—in academics, athletics, and student life.

With an international reputation for educating tomorrow’s leaders in some of the most vital career fields, Springfield College provides students with a competitive edge—top-quality academic preparation, research opportunities in state-of-the-art facilities, and real-world experience before graduating.

Springfield’s graduate programs provide students with the employable skills and knowledge needed to advance their education and increase their job prospects and are taught by faculty members who are passionate about their disciplines. The programs integrate experiential learning opportunities, including fieldwork, internships, practicum, and research. Graduate courses at Springfield College challenge students to gain knowledge from the classroom, experience in the field, and think outside the box. Students leave Springfield College with a degree and real, applicable expertise in their fields.

Springfield offers a variety of master’s degree programs including: art therapy/counseling, business administration, education (concentrations: in special education initial [preK–8, 5–12], elementary initial, secondary initial), exercise science and sport studies (concentrations: athletic training, clinical exercise physiology, exercise physiology, sport and exercise psychology, strength and conditioning), human services, occupational therapy, physical education (concentrations: adapted physical education, advanced-level coaching, athletic administration, health promotion and disease prevention, physical education teacher licensure, physical education teacher–professional licensure), physician assistant, psychology and counseling (concentrations: athletic counseling, clinical mental health counseling, industrial/organizational psychology, school counseling, student personnel administration in higher education), rehabilitation counseling and services (concentrations: general counseling and casework, pediatric and developmental disability counseling, psychiatric rehabilitation and substance abuse counseling), social work (concentrations: M.S.W. weekday program, M.S.W. weekend program in Worcester and Springfield, advanced standing program, post-master’s certificate program in trauma-informed practice), and sport management and recreation (concentrations: sport management, recreation management, therapeutic recreation management). Doctoral degree programs are also available: Ph.D. in Physical Education with specializations in sport and exercise psychology, exercise physiology, and teaching and administration; Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.); and Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in counseling psychology.

Faculty and alumni who are dedicated to your success

Our faculty provide an impressive array of backgrounds and knowledge, with 84 percent of faculty members holding the highest degrees attainable in their fields. Our 13-to-1 student to faculty ratio allows students to get facetime with all of their educators. At Springfield College, students aren’t just a number thanks to our dedication to faculty advisement and small class sizes.

Springfield College faculty members and alumni have been international leaders in their fields for more than 125 years. The research of our faculty members and students has resulted in numerous breakthroughs in exercise physiology, kidney disease, dieting, E. coli, and more. And, the pioneering continues.

Faculty members and alumni were founders of: physical education movements in China, Eastern Europe, and the Philippines; the Gay Games; Jacob's Pillow; and national and international professional organizations in sports medicine, physical education, and recreation.

Alumni invented the games of basketball, volleyball, and indoor soccer, and wrote the first guidelines for aquatic lifesaving. Other faculty members and alumni have been leaders in developing the modern Olympics, educating YMCA professionals, and advancing athletics for women.

The faculty, alumni, and Springfield College Career Center provide valuable resources and networking opportunities for graduates as they consider career opportunities.

Spend some time on campus

Our rigorous academic programs are supported by our high-quality academic facilities, including a medical simulation lab, human performance lab, smart classrooms, and our newly redesigned Harold C. Smith Learning Commons, which houses Library Services, Academic Success Center, high-tech study spaces, and other valuable academic resources for students.

We also have facilities that support our students outside of the classroom. As a graudate student, you’ll have access to the Wellness & Recreation Complex, a two-story complex that features cardio and weight-training space and the latest equipment, a climbing and bouldering wall, four multipurpose teaching/activity spaces, fitness testing laboratories, and more.

On-campus housing is available, and the food service is ranked by students at institutions across the country who are served by ARAMARK as its best in the United States.

There's a lot to do around here

The beautiful New England campus of Springfield College is ideally situated on Lake Massasoit in western Massachusetts's Pioneer Valley. 

The valley is vibrant with social, cultural, and athletic activities, and is home to 12 other colleges and universities. Nearby towns offer a variety of attractions including trendy shops, galleries, theater productions, nightclubs, and restaurants. The nearby Berkshire Mountains offer hiking, skiing, biking, and other outdoor activities.

Springfield is the fourth-largest Massachusetts city. Boston is 90 miles east, New York City is 130 miles south, Vermont is 45 miles north, and Bradley International Airport is 20 miles south.

Springfield College Office of Graduate Admissions

263 Alden St.

Springfield, MA 01109-3797

Tel.: (413) 748-3225 TTY: (413) 748-3383

Degrees & Awards

Degrees Offered

Degree Concentration Sub-concentration
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
(Post-Master's Certificate)
Master of Science (MS)
Master of Education (M Ed)
Master of Social Work (MSW)
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS)
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Juris Doctor/Master of Social Work (JD/MSW)
Doctor of Psychology (Psy D)

Earning Your Degree

Part-time study available? Yes
Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
Distance learning programs available? No
Terminal master's degree available? Yes

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirement
Master's Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test (for select programs)
Comp Exam Required for some
Thesis Required for some
Doctoral Degrees Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Comp Exam Required
Thesis Required
Other Advanced Degrees Comp Exam Required for some
Thesis Required for some


Acceptance Rate



Application Fee - Domestic
applications accepted?
Applications processed
on a rolling basis?

Application Deadlines

Type Domestic International Priority date
Fall deadline January 1st January 15th No
Winter deadline November 1st November 1st No
Spring deadline November 1st November 1st No

Entrance Requirements

Exam Details
Master's Degree Exam GRE General Test (for select programs)
Doctoral Degree Exam GRE General Test

International Students

Exam Details
TOEFL: Required TOEFL IBT score: 90
IELTS: Recommended IELTS Paper score: 7

Tuition & Fees

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Financial Support

Financial award applicants must submit: FAFSA
Application deadlines for financial awards March 1
Types of financial support available Fellowships
Teaching Assistantships
Institutionally-sponsored Loans
Scholarship and/or loans
Graduate Assistantships


Total faculty
Full-time - 171
Part-time - 151
Male (172)
Female (150)


Focus of faculty research: Effects of music in sport and exercise, diversity and inclusion dynamics in systems, sexual identity and its impact within athletics, trauma-informed organizational change, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and heart/lung transplantation
Externally sponsored research expenditures last year: 0

Location & Contact

Address 263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA  01109-3797
United States
Contact Dr. James Harnsberger
Associate Vice President for Graduate Education, Grants, and Sponsored Research
Phone: 413-748-3959
Fax: 413-748-4826