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Sport and Performance pSYCHOLOGY overview
The Master of Science in Sport and Performance Psychology provides students an education based on current best practices stemming from empirical research and applied work. Psychosocial determinants of performance and mental skills training are emphasized throughout the program providing students with strong experiential and research-based learning activities in an inclusive and equitable environment.
Our values reflect
- Evidence informed best practice based on research and applied work
- Diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Flexibility for the traditional and non-traditional learner
- Emphasis on enhancing the quality of life of clients, coaches, parents, and others
- Emphasis on real-world learning experiences
Career options associated with this program include:
- AASP Certified Consultant educating coaches, athletes, officials, and parents about sport and performance psychology and performance enhancement techniques
- College Athletic Department - Mental Health/Wellness/Academic Advisor
- Army Center for Performance Enhancement
- Fitness Consultant or Lifestyle Coach
The application of sport and performance psychology principles in settings other than sport and performance has also been growing steadily. Graduates, therefore, may also work in non-sport settings.
Certification: Courses have been approved by the Certification Council for certification through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.
Required Coursework (21 credits)
- SPPP500 Research Methods in Sport and Performance Psychology
- SPPP503 Mental Health in Sport and Performance Settings
- SPPP510 Foundations of Sport and Performance Psychology
- SPPP512 Sport Psychology for Performance Enhancement
- SPPP513 Psychology of Athletic Injury and Recovery
- SPPP516 Professional Ethics in Sport and Performance Psychology
- SPPP530 Capstone in Sport and Performance Psychology
- Electives (9 credits)
- SPPP504: Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior
- SPPP511: Sport and Performance Psychology Across the Lifespan
- SPPP514: Stress Management for the Physically Active
- SPPP515: Seminar in Sport and Performance Psychology
(content varies - may fit a knowledge area)
- SPPP517: Cultural and Ethnic Diversity for Sport Psychology Consulting
- SPPP518: Counseling Skills for Sport and Performance Psychology
- SPPP519: Gender and Sport
- SPPP531: Mentored Experience in Sport/Perf Psychology
AASP Certification Course Requirements
(* = must be graduate level)
K1. Professional Ethics and Standards*
SPPP516: Professional Ethics in Applied Sport Psychology
K2. Sport Psychology*
SPPP510: Foundations of Sport & Performance Psychology
SPPP512: Sport Psych for Performance Enhancement
SPPP513: Psychological Aspects of Injury & Recovery
SPPP514: Stress Management for the Physically Active
K3. Sport Science
SPPP519: Gender and Sports
SPPP503: Mental Health in Sport and Performance Settings
K5. Helping Relationships*
SPPP518: Counseling Skills for Sport Psychology
K6. Research Methods and Statistics*
SPPP500: Research Methods in Sport Science
K7. Psychological Foundations of Behavior
SPPP515: Seminar in Sport Science (if topic appropriate – individual course outline must be reviewed by AASP)
SPPP504: Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior
K8. Diversity and Culture*
SPPP517: Cultural & Ethnic Diversity for Sport Psych Consulting
Mentored Experience in Sport and Exercise Psychology
SPPP531: Mentored Experience in Sport and Performance Psychology
APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINES
To complete the admissions process, students must submit:
- Online application
- Bachelor’s degree in a related field (such as Psychology, Health and Physical Education, Athletic Training, Health Science, Sports Administration, etc)
- Overall GPA of a 3.0 or higher
- Three letters of recommendation
- Statement of professional goals
* Students wishing to apply to this program who do not have a 3.0+ GPA, can apply for conditional admission if their undergraduate GPA falls between 2.75-2.99. Students accepted as conditional admit must earn and maintain a minimum of 3.0 or higher throughout the program. Failure to earn a B or better could result in probation or removal from the program.
Application materials may be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed directly to the following address:
Commonwealth University - Lock Haven
Office of Graduate Admissions
401 N Fairview Street
Lock Haven, PA 17745
*Commonwealth University graduates do not need to request transcripts; the Office of Admissions will do this on your behalf.
Students also have the option of registering for up to three courses as a non-degree seeking student and have those courses automatically transfer to degree seeking status upon official enrollment in the program. If you would like to register for courses as a non-degree student please complete the Non Degree application.
Note: Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for state or federal financial aid.
Any student enrolled in the BS in Psychology at Kutztown who has earned junior standing (completed at least 60 credits) and a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher will be provisionally accepted into the MS in Sport and Performance Psychology /Commonwealth. Provisionally accepted students may enroll in up to 12 graduate credits in the MS in Sport and Performance Psychology program at Commonwealth prior to the completion of their undergraduate program. Upon graduation from Kutztown University with a BS in Psychology, provisionally accepted students will be admitted into the MS in Sport and Performance Psychology at Commonwealth University.
Sport and Performance Psychology Highlights
- 100% Asychronous Online Delivery: Our distance instructional methods are designed to maintain a personal, one-to-one
mentoring and supervisory relationship with degree candidates while making it possible
to create active and engaged learning communities. No campus visits or on-campus residencies
are required. Much of the coursework is completed via virtual classrooms utilizing
the latest technology in online instruction.
- Program Instructional Facilities: Asynchronous delivery utilizes the Desire2Learn Brightspace learning management system
and the Mediasite media delivery platform.
- Flexible Start Dates & a Diverse Student Population: You can begin coursework in the fall, spring, or summer semester. Because the coursework
can be completed 100% online, our students hail from across the country and abroad.
- Full-Time and Part-Time: Students can attend full-time or part-time. Typically, full-time graduate students take nine credits in the fall and spring, and up to twelve credits over the summer. Students who attend part-time can take three or six credits per semester and this can vary by semester based on their individual needs.
- Semester Off: Many of the students in our program work full-time and occasionally need to take a semester off. Coaches in our program, for example, may not want to take classes when
their sports are in season (and then double up the following semester). Students are allowed to step out for a semester and return to classes afterwards. When they are ready to begin classes again,
students should submit a readmission application through the Office of Graduate Admissions.
- Transfer Credits: Students can transfer up to six credits into the graduate program. To have courses evaluated, please contact the
Program Coordinator. Please include the course name and description - in some cases,
a syllabus may be required to accurately evaluate student learning outcomes.
- Non-Degree: Students who would like to take class(es) without applying to or enrolling in the graduate program are able to take up to three classes/nine credits as a non-degree student. Sport and Performance Psychology professionals, for example, who require a course for certification through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology often choose this option. To enroll in a course, please complete the Graduate Non Degree application.
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- Athletic Training (M.S.)
- Sport Management (M.S.)
- International Sport Management (M.S.)
- Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.S.)
- Health Sciences (B.S.)
- Psychology (B.S.)
- Exercise Science (B.S.)
- Sports Management (B.S.)
- Sport and Exercise Psychology (Minor)