Master of Arts in
Sport Psychology
– Doctor of Psychology
(PsyD) Dual Degree


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Get Psyched for a Career Helping Athletes Improve Their Performance

NU offers an innovative dual-degree program that prepares students to work in clinical settings, as well as with athletes in sports settings. This program provides a unique training opportunity with clinical clients, as well as athletes with clinical concerns while preparing you to apply the skills and knowledge developed from the fields.

Both the Master of Arts in Sport Psychology and the Doctor of Psychology offer the highest level of available training in applied sport and clinical psychology, respectively. The MA/PsyD dual degree program is for practitioner-scholars who seek education and training in sport and clinical psychology.

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Degree and Course Requirements

Students who are currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Sport Psychology and have at least a GPA of 3.0 and have completed the first 4 terms of graduate coursework may register for the Doctor of Psychology Transition plan. The concentration trains students in the specifics of how to integrate the clinical aspects of sport psychology through coursework and a clinical sport psychology externship.

Students who complete a course to satisfy PsyD core requirements cannot utilize the same course to satisfy concentration requirements.

With NU’s Sport Psychology Dual Degree Program, you can earn your degree on your time. Online classes enable our students to connect with faculty, work on assignments, and attend class without having to significantly alter their everyday lives. In the first year, students follow their sport psychology courses, then enter the PsyD program. The Dual-Degree Program allows you to work with clinical clients and athletes, which allows you to apply the knowledge and skills from sport and clinical psychology.

Students will apply for approved internship sites anywhere in the country that are consistent with their individual interests, training needs, and professional goals. Students will build competency in the diverse clinical skills required of a professional psychologist. Students are required to complete two internships with regards to mental performance consulting. Students will apply for approved PsyD internship sites anywhere in the country that are consistent with their individual interests, training needs, and professional goals. Students will build competency in the diverse clinical skills required of a professional psychologist. Students are required to complete either one full-time, year-long internship or two-half-time, yearlong internships completed over two years’ time.

This innovative linked program allows completion of both degrees within six years of intensive, full-time study (part-time options are available). Students typically earn their Master of Arts in Sport Psychology after their third year and their PsyD after their sixth year. With both degrees, along with licensure, graduates can use the title “sport psychologist” and apply to sit for the Certified Mental Performance Consultant® (CMPC) certification exam, administered through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). Graduates also earn eligibility to take the psychology licensing exam for the state of California.

The Sport Psychology courses are fully online, and the Clinical Psychology (PsyD) courses are campus-based.

To learn more about each of these curriculums, visit the Master of Arts in Sport Psychology – Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Dual-Degree program page.

Sport psychology has become increasingly popular as athletes seek to elevate their game by coping with competitive fears, sharpening their mental skills, and maintaining their confidence. A sport psychologist is a licensed mental health professional who may function as a trainer, consultant or therapist to athletes seeking to improve consistency in their performance.

While some schools offer doctoral degrees with a concentration in sport psychology, National University’s curriculum is specifically designed for career-focused individuals seeking specialized credentials to pursue opportunities in this growing field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the demand for psychologists – which includes sport psychologists – to grow by 8 percent between 2020 and 2030.

By earning your MA in Sport Psychology and your Doctor of Psychology (PsyD), you create avenues to pursue beyond the specialized field of sport psychology. NU’s program provides the highest level of training in the field of clinical psychology, equipping you with the necessary tools to serve communities in vital roles such as clinician, program administrator, evaluator, consultant, educator, and scholar. Not only are these professionals in demand, they’re well compensated. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for psychologists was $82,180 in May 2020.

Regardless of your current and future career goals, our mission is to train practitioner-scholars who will provide comprehensive and culturally sensitive services to a variety of communities. This mission is embraced by our diverse faculty, staff, and student community. Our particular focus on multicultural and diversity competence sets us apart from other PsyD programs.

Electives (9 quarter units)

  • PSP 5820 Psychology of Coaching
  • PSP 5821 Gender Issues in Sport
  • PSP 5832 Psychology of Injury
  • PSP 5833 Kinesiology
  • PSP 5834 Motor Learning & Performance
  • PSP 5835 Exercise Psychology
  • PSP 5838 Health Psychology
  • PSP 5850A Clinical Sport Psychology
  • PSP 5841 Neuropsychology
  • PSP 5843 Mindful Approach to Performance A
  • PSP 5844 Mindful Approach to Performance B
  • PSP 5885 Best Practices Remote Consultation
  • PSP 9030 Develop a Consulting Practice A
  • PSP 9031 Develop a Consulting Practice B

To make learning flexible and convenient, National University offers a variety of course formats, including online, on-site, and hybrid courses. In this program, you will take:

  • On-site courses – This includes on-ground, in-person course instruction, which could be either on-site or at another learning site at a specific time, place, and location. On-site courses may have course information, work, or other education-related items delivered through online environments and tools.
  • Online courses – This includes instruction that is fully virtual and online, comprised of regular and substantive interaction between students and their instructors in either an asynchronous or synchronous format. Asynchronous online classrooms provide instruction, lessons, and coursework via an online learning management system that allows students to view instructional materials each week at times of their choice. Synchronous classes require students to log in, engage, and attend at specific times and dates, leveraging web and videoconferencing technologies to provide instruction, lessons, and coursework in real time.

Please note that the modality of any course may vary from the scheduling of any program-specific courses on a month-to-month basis.

Program Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of National University’s Sport Psychology PsyD dual degree program, you’ll have knowledge, skills, and competencies in the following areas:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the foundational concepts and guiding principles of scientific psychology
  • Develop, articulate, and maintain constructive and contextually sensitive working relationships with clients, colleagues, supervisors, and other professional contacts
  • Promote, restore, sustain, or enhance positive functioning and a sense of well-being in clients through preventive, developmental, or remedial services
  • Conduct problem identification , selection of appropriate methodology, analysis and interpretation of data, and clear and accurate communication of findings
  • Construct data files using advanced statistical and data programming techniques to solve practical problems in data analytics
  • Articulate, value, and work consciously with individual and contextual differences within intersecting systems, in accordance with professional standards, laws, and ethics
  • Describe, explain, synthesize, and apply performance enhancement techniques and theoretical perspectives with individual performers and teams
  • Describe, explain, synthesize, and apply various assessment tools in an evolving process to create effective action plans, including screening for clinical issues
  • Use counseling skills to develop working relationships with clients and learn how the self impacts the client-consultant relationship
  • Identify sources of bias within themselves, integrate concepts, and adapt their skills to work with a diverse range of populations
  • Critically analyze ethical and decision-making principles in a professional and culturally appropriate manner

Hear From Our Faculty

This PsyD program offers hands-on training to prepare for a variety of careers including clinician and program administrator.

“If you’re committed to making a difference in the lives of high-performance individuals, this is a great program for you.”

-Dr. Alvin McLean, Dean of JFK School of Psychology


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