Master of Arts in Sport Psychology

Program Overview


Are you interested in the mental aspect of competition? Help athletes and competitive organizations overcome hurdles and operate at peak performance with a Master of Arts in Sport Psychology from National University. Sport psychology employs a combination of evidence-based performance enhancement techniques, sport science, and counseling skills to help clients maximize their potential by honing their mental approach to high-leverage situations. The program is rigorously applied in nature to help students become effective sport psychology practitioners. Within the MA, students will complete four internships (200 direct client contact hours) with weekly support and guidance, in the form of weekly individual supervision, and group supervision.

In the MA in Sport Psychology program, you’ll learn from faculty who are pioneers in the field and push the boundaries in an ongoing effort to improve sport psychology through both research and practice.

The courses in this program are fully online.

Dual Degree Program

Students interested in the clinical practice of sport psychology may choose to pursue a master’s degree in sport psychology and a doctoral degree in clinical psychology. Students spend the first year of this program in sport psychology, followed by the PsyD program.

Students who are interested in receiving both degrees are typically able to reduce their total time in school by enrolling in the dual degree program. For more details see the Master of Arts in Sport Psychology – Doctor of Clinical Psychology (PsyD) Dual Degree program.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • 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 principles in a professional and culturally appropriate manner
  • Utilize decision-making principles and explain choices made relating to ethical situations
  • Summarize, critique, and conduct research in the field and assess and apply both established and current research findings
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