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Lock Haven University & Kutztown University partner for accelerated programs in psychology & sport science

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Lock Haven University and Kutztown University recently signed an articulation agreement to allow Kutztown psychology students to dual-enroll in graduate-level sport science courses at Lock Haven toward the pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in psychology from KU and a Master of Science in sport science from LHU.

The sport and exercise psychology track provides advanced training in how psychological factors influence performance and physical activity, and how sport and physical activity involvement affect psychological well-being. Graduates are prepared to help athletes and others achieve optimal performance in their field.

"We are excited to offer this accelerated program opportunity to our KU psychology majors who are interested in sport and performance sciences," said Dr. Gregory Shelley, chair of the Department of Psychology at Kutztown. "The connection between performance and psychology is well established. The collaborative relationship between KU's psychology program and LHU's sport science program will put our students on a fast track to successful careers in a variety of areas."

"The partnership between Kutztown and Lock Haven will allow students to complete an undergraduate and graduate degree in as little as 4 1/2 years," said Dr. Patricia Lally, professor at LHU. "Qualified KU undergraduate psychology students will be able to take 100% online graduate courses at Lock Haven, saving more than a semester of both time and tuition, entering the workforce sooner and more qualified than their peers."

KU students with junior status and a 3.0 GPA or higher are eligible to enroll in up to 12 graduate-level credits at LHU. These graduate credits will count toward both the student's undergraduate and graduate degrees, essentially allowing students to count their credits twice. Students can choose between two different tracks in the Master of Science in sport science program – sport and exercise psychology and sport management.

Upon graduation from KU, provisionally-accepted students who meet admissions requirements will be formally admitted into the Master of Science in sport science program at Lock Haven. The 12 credits previously taken at LHU will count toward the total of 30 required graduate program credits (leaving as few as 18 credits remaining).

John Nauright, Dean of the LHU Stephen Poorman College of Business, Information Systems, and Human Services has been working with faculty on several cross-system agreements. Nauright echoed the significance of the collaboration, “The KU-LHU agreement is a great example of leveraging PASSHE system strengths and adding value for students across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”

The graduate program in sport management at Lock Haven is 100% online.
Students can begin completing the program now, according to Lally and Shelley. Any interested students or parents of students at Kutztown University should contact Dr. Shelley for more information at

For more information on Lock Haven University, visit, email, or call 570-484-2011. 

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Lock Haven University’s main campus is located on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River in the scenic mountains of Pennsylvania. The university offers 49 undergraduate majors and certifications with 47 minors and five graduate programs.

LHU is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas of study. Nearly 520,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.

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