Master of Arts
in Sport and Performance
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Explore the Intersection of Performance and Psychology
The Master of Arts in Sport and Performance program provides rigorous training to facilitate students’ growth in becoming knowledgeable, effective mental performance practitioners and professionals. Experiential training is guided by theory, evidence-based practice, ethical, and professional standards.
Students who complete this unique program can integrate the core elements of assessment, counseling skills, research methods, performance enhancement, and multicultural humility while developing their philosophy of practice across the disciplines of sport and performance psychology, business, coaching, counseling, fine arts, combat, military psychology, and sport sciences.
Following the completion of the first nine courses in the program, all students must pass the Comprehensive Written Exam (CWE). Following the successful completion of the first nine courses and passing the CWE, students will move on to the specialization requirements. one of the two following tracks.
Specialization in Applied Mental Performance
Students taking the Applied Mental Performance Specialization will complete seven additional courses, including extensive mentored training, comprehensive oral exam, and the culminating 2-month Applied Project. The Applied Mental Performance Specialization is designed to meet the academic requirements and mentored experience hours (minimum 200 direct client contact hours) for the CMPC certification (administered by AASP – Association for Applied Sport Psychology). Enabling students to complete the 72-quarter unit program in 22 months.
Specialization in Theoretical Mental Performance
Students taking the Theoretical Mental Performance Specialization will complete four additional courses, including the culminating 2-month capstone course. The Theoretical Specialization meets the academic requirements for the CMPC certification (administered by AASP – Association for Applied Sport Psychology). Enabling students to complete the 58.5-unit program in as little as 14 months.
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Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of National University’s MA in Performance Psychology program, graduates will be able to:
- Describe, explain, synthesize, apply, and critique theoretical perspectives from Sport and Performance Psychology and related fields whilst demonstrating continuous development of their philosophy of practice to inform their work.
- Describe, explain, synthesize, apply, and critique professional ethical standards in a culturally appropriate manner whilst utilizing decision-making principles in relation to ethical considerations.
- Describe and explain potential sources of bias within themselves and clients, in addition, to synthesizing, applying, and critique concepts whilst adapting their skills to promote inclusive practice with a diverse range of populations, with an emphasis on continuing education.
- Describe, explain, synthesize, apply and critique various assessment tools whilst identifying potential clinical concerns and applying referral procedures appropriately in a continuous and evolving process to create effective action plans.
- Describe, explain, synthesize, apply and critique counseling skills to develop a working relationship with clients whilst demonstrating awareness and subsequent action of how the self may impact the client-consultant relationship.
- Describe, explain, synthesize, apply and critique performance enhancement skills with individuals and teams.
- Describe, explain, synthesize, apply and critique established and current research from Sport and Performance Psychology and related fields whilst demonstrating continuous development of their philosophy of practice to inform their work.
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The Master of Arts in Performance Psychology program is currently operating using guidelines from the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) to become a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC). Students seeking certification must pass additional exams and have completed approved mentor hours. Please see the CMPC website for more details.
Students who obtain a CMPC may use the letters CMPC after their name and highest university degree. It does not designate the individual as a “sport psychologist.” Requirements for providing psychological services are determined by individual state, provincial, and territorial licensing boards.
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