Cecilia M.

Master of Arts Degree in Sport Psychology

Cecilia M.
Class of 2012
Military Servicemember
Cecilia M., Class of 2012 Military Servicemember

Understand All Your Opportunities With a Master’s Degree in Sport Psychology

With a Master’s Degree in Sport Psychology, you can help athletes and competitive organizations overcome hurdles and reach optimum performance.

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 sport psychology master’s program is rigorously applied in nature to help students become effective mental performance practitioners.

Within the sport psychology master’s, you will have the opportunity to complete four internships (200 direct client contact hours) with weekly support and guidance in the form of weekly individual supervision and group supervision.

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No GMAT required for admission.

Two Years to Your Master’s in Sport Psychology

MA in Sport Psychology degree
can be completed as quickly as 24 months.

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Program Learning Outcomes

  • Theory: Students will be able to describe, explain, synthesize, apply, and critique theoretical perspectives from sport psychology and related fields while demonstrating continuous development of their philosophy of practice to inform their work.
  • Ethics and Professionalism: Students will be able to describe, explain, synthesize, apply, and critique professional ethical standards in a culturally appropriate manner while utilizing decision-making principles in relation to ethical considerations.
  • Multicultural Competence: Students will be able to describe and explain potential sources of bias within themselves and clients, in addition to synthesizing, applying, and critiquing concepts while adapting their skills to promote inclusive practice.
  • Assessment: Students will be able to describe, explain, synthesize, apply, and critique various assessment tools while identifying potential clinical concerns and applying referral procedures to create effective action plans.
  • Counseling Skills: Students will be able to describe, explain, synthesize, apply, and critique counseling skills to develop a working relationship with clients while demonstrating awareness of how the self may impact the client-consultant relationship.
  • Performance Enhancement Skills: Students will be able to describe, explain, synthesize, apply, and critique performance enhancement skills with individuals and teams.

Why National University’s Master’s Degree in Sport Psychology Program?

  • Extensive Fieldwork: Learn from professionals in the field and gain over 50 supervised hours of practice through four internship opportunities.
  • Rich History: Our program is 31 years old, which has enabled NU to become a standout in the field. Our established connections and unique focus on sport psychology have cemented our reputation.
  • Evidence-based Practice: We teach and train students from an evidence-based platform of evolving scientific knowledge in the field of sport psychology and other related fields. Students learn how to translate theoretical knowledge into practical application and skills through classes, internships, and supervision.
  • Diverse Training: Expect an extensive, well-rounded education, thanks to our diverse faculty with differing backgrounds, professional development seminars, and an emphasis on the importance of research and evidence-based practice.
  • Career Preparation and Readiness: We are at the forefront of growth in the field. We enhance performance in sport, the arts, and business through supervised applied experiences, disseminating knowledge through research presentations, social media, and professional development opportunities. We foster student readiness to become applied CMPC® (Certified Mental Performance Consultants through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, AASP) professionals in the field of sport psychology and beyond.

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Same Leading Curriculum and Faculty. More Robust Support.

The Master’s in Sport Psychology program began at JFK University, and has now joined forces under National University, with continued accreditation from WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges).

The MA in Sport Psychology program remains largely unchanged, except for operational proceedings like financial aid, registration, and advising. Students still have access to the fieldwork team, internships, and individual and group supervision. At National University, you can gain the full experience of the JFKU MA in Sport Psychology program with full faculty support and access to solutions.

To add further expertise to your resume, you can pursue a master’s degree in sport psychology and a doctoral degree in clinical psychology simultaneously. In the first year of the Dual-Degree Program, students follow their sport psychology courses, then enter the PsyD program. The Dual-Degree Program allows students to work with clinical clients and athletes, which allows them to apply the knowledge and skills from sport and clinical psychology.Students entering this program will be able to gain experience in both clinical and mental performance training. The unique and collaborative nature of this program can also provide quality externship opportunities. Earning both degrees provides unique and plentiful opportunities.

Plus, choosing to do so can help you earn both degrees while reducing your total time spent in school. To learn more about this exciting program, visit the Master of Arts in Sport Psychology – Doctor of Clinical Psychology (PsyD) Dual-Degree program page.

In our MA in Sports Psychology program, you get to 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. Work and life commitments mean a great deal to students, and we understand the need to make our program as convenient as possible.The four-week class format at NU has proven to be a successful, achievable way of obtaining a degree for many of our students. Though our program is online, you can still foster a sense of community with your peers. Our program has a live synchronous component to each course that allows students to interact and engage with their instructors and peers.

Earning your degree fully online is possible and gives you the support you need to start your sports psychology career.

Getting a master’s degree in sports psychology can be both a practical and exciting moment in your career. Fundamental aspects of psychology paired with experience in the sports field means that job opportunities can vary greatly and that students can pursue various career pathways. From collegiate athletics to setting up your own practice, you can have a varied and respected career.The MA in Sport Psychology program is career-oriented, so you can expect an emphasis on career advancement as soon as you enter. This also means well-recognized employers seek the skills you can get with the degree. In the past, students have been employed by The Armed Forces and Major and Minor League Baseball.

There’s also a high demand for individuals in the psychology field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the demand for psychologists – which includes sport psychologists – to grow by 14 percent between 2016 and 2026, resulting in an additional 23,000 positions during that period.

Employment Opportunities

  • Mental performance consultant/coach
  • Mental conditioning coach
  • Master resilience trainer (MRT)
  • Cognitive enhancement specialist
  • Collegiate/professional/youth sports
  • Athletic administration
  • Teaching/academia
  • Private practice
  • HR/consulting with businesses
  • Performing arts

… and other diverse opportunities!

To receive JFK School of Psychology Master of Arts in Sport Psychology, students must complete at least 77 quarter units of graduate work. A total of 13.5 quarter units of graduate credit may be granted for equivalent graduate work completed at another institution, as it applies to this degree and if the units were not used in earning another advanced degree.

Total Degree Requirements

  • (47 courses; 77 quarter units)

Requirements for the Major

  • (19 courses; 50 quarter units)
Course Description Prerequisite
PSP 5002 Writing Workshop N/A
PSP 5054A Rsch Methods: Quant & Qual A N/A
PSP 5054B Rsch Methods: Quant & Qual B N/A
PSP 5279A Introduction to Fieldwork A N/A
PSP 5279B Introduction to Fieldwork B N/A
PSP 5280 Fieldwork PSP 9085
PSP 5800A Sport Psychology A N/A
PSP 5800B Sport Psychology B PSP 5800A, PSP 5280
PSP 5803A Ethics & Issues Sport Psych A N/A
PSP 5803B Ethics & Issues Sport Psych B PSP 5803A
PSP 5804 Assessment Strategies N/A
PSP 5805 Psychopathology Assessment N/A
PSP 5811 Counseling Skills A N/A
PSP 5812 Counseling Skills B PSP 5811
PSP 5814 Diversity in Sport N/A
PSP 5815 Performance Enhancement A N/A
PSP 5816 Performance Enhancement B PSP 5815
PSP 5817 Performance Enhancement C PSP 5816, PSP 5280
PSP 5819 Social & Hist Issues in Sport N/A
PSP 5820 Psychology of Coaching N/A
PSP 5821 Gender Issues in Sport N/A
PSP 5822 Team Building N/A
PSP 5826 Cognitive & Affective Behavior N/A
PSP 5832 Psychology of Injury N/A
PSP 5833 Kinesiology N/A
PSP 5834 Motor Learning & Performance N/A
PSP 5835 Exercise Psychology N/A
PSP 5842 Recreation Enhancement N/A
PSP 5895A Applied Project A PSP 5280, PSP 5054A
PSP 5895B Applied Project B PSP 5280, PSP 5054A
PSP 9000 Prof Development Seminar N/A
PSP 9085 Fieldwork Exam PSP 5279A, PSP 5279B
PSP 9090 Comprehensive Written Exam N/A
PSP 9091 Comprehensive Oral Exam N/A


Course Description Prerequisite
PSP 9000 Prof Development Seminar N/A

Internship Fieldwork

  • (14 quarter units)
Course Description Prerequisite
PSP 5279A Introduction to Fieldwork A N/A
PSP 5279B Introduction to Fieldwork B N/A
PSP 9085 Fieldwork Exam PSP 5279A, PSP 5279B
PSP 5280 Fieldwork* PSP 9085

*As a variable unit course, students must repeat this course at least two times, no more than five times, for a total of 12 quarter units.


  • (2 courses; 4 quarter units)
Course Description Prerequisite
PSP 5895A Applied Project A PSP 5280, PSP 5054A
PSP 5895B Applied Project B PSP 5280, PSP 5054A
BAN 650 Probabilistic Finance Models N/A


  • (9 quarter units)
Course Description Prerequisite
PSP 5820 Psychology of Coaching N/A
PSP 5821 Gender Issues in Sport N/A
PSP 5832 Psychology of Injury N/A
PSP 5833 Kinesiology N/A
PSP 5834 Motor Learning & Performance N/A
PSP 5835 Exercise Psychology N/A
PSP 5838 Health Psychology N/A
PSP 5850A Clinical Sport Psychology N/A
PSP 5841 Neuropsychology N/A
PSP 5843 Mindful Appr to Performance A N/A
PSP 5844 Mindful Appr to Performance B N/A
PSP 5885 Best Practices Remote Consult N/A
PSP 9030 Develop a Consulting Prac A N/A
PSP 9031 Develop a Consulting Prac B N/A

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