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Master of Arts in Sport Psychology

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Now choose from completing the program online or on-site in Pleasant Hill.

The Master of Arts Sport Psychology program at JFK University has earned the distinction of one of the few in the United States that integrates performance enhancement techniques, counseling and sport science.

The coursework provides students with a breadth of knowledge in research, theory, counseling, psychopathology, kinesiology, sport injury and the application of psychology to areas like optimized athletic performance, at-risk youth and group dynamics. During the program students are prepared for certification by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), which is the only sport, exercise and health psychology organization in North America that offers sport psychology certification to its members.

Our Master of Arts in Sport Psychology has the most dynamic, hands-on internship program in the U.S., maximizing the opportunity for students to apply their classroom learning in the field, working with diverse range of athletes, sports, and skill levels. JFK University students complete a total of four internships during the MA program (totaling a minimum of 682 hours).

Individuals in the MA program at the Pleasant Hill campus will take the first two internships with the LEAP (Life Enhancement through Athletic & Academic Participation) program and the second two at an internship site in the Bay Area.

Individuals opting for the program in the online or hybrid format will be able to complete the internships at locations conveniently located.  The faculty will assist students in identifying and selecting internship opportunities that meet the program requirements.

By participating in the wide variety of practical, hands-on learning experiences, graduates are prepared for a broad range of career opportunities, including consulting with university and professional athletes, working with children in school and community sports organizations, coaching, and teaching.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon graduation, students will be able to demonstrate competence in these areas:

  • Application/intervention. The students will be able to describe, explain, synthesize, and apply performance enhancement techniques with individual performers and teams.
  • Theory. The students will be able to describe, explain, synthesize, and apply theoretical perspectives from Sport Psychology and related fields.
  • Assessment. The students will be able to describe, explain, synthesize, and apply various assessment tools in a continuous and evolving process to create effective action plans. Students will be able to screen clinical issues.
  • Counseling skills. The students will be able to identify, describe and explain how to use counseling skills to develop a working relationship with the client. Students will be able to identify, describe, explain, and apply how the self impacts the client-consultant relationship.
  • Diversity. The students will be able to identify sources of bias within themselves, integrate concepts and adapt their skills to work with a diverse range of populations.
  • Ethics and professionalism. The students will be able to identify, explain, synthesize, and critically analyze ethical principles in a professional and culturally appropriate manner. Students will be able to utilize decision making principles and explain choices made relating to ethical situations.
  • Research. The students will be able to summarize, critique, and conduct research in the field of Sport Psychology. Students will assess and apply both established and current research findings to their scope of practice.


Students must complete 77 units to receive an MA in Sport Psychology and must pass both a written and an oral examination that assess the student’s achievement of the Program Learning Outcomes. The written examination is taken at the end of the first phase of the program, in the first summer quarter, and consists of mainly multiple-choice questions with some open-ended ones. The oral examination is a comprehensive examination carried out at the end of the student’s master’s program. It is an interactive examination where the student is given vignettes to address and the examiners ask follow-up questions to help assess proficiency in certain areas.

Undergraduate Prerequisite
Introduction to Psychology
Students who have not completed the prerequisites prior to admission are required to do so during the first year of graduate study.

Core Curriculum
PSP 5002 - Writing Workshop (0)
PSP 5054A - Research Methods: Quantitative and Qualitative A (1 unit)
PSP 5054B - Research Methods: Quantitative and Qualitative B (3 units)
PSP 5800A - Sport Psychology A (3 units)
PSP 5800B - Sport Psychology B (2 units)
PSP 5803A - Ethics and Professional Issues in Sport Psychology A (2 units)
PSP 5803B - Ethics and Professional Issues in Sport Psychology B (2 units)
PSP 5804 - Assessment Strategies (2 units)
PSP 5805 - Psychopathology Assessment (4 units)
PSP 5811 - Counseling Skills A (3 units)
PSP 5812 - Counseling Skills B (3 units)
PSP 5814A - Comprehensive Exploration of Diversity in Sport A (2 units)
PSP 5814B - Comprehensive Exploration of Diversity in Sport B (2 units)
PSP 5815 - Performance Enhancement A (3 units)
PSP 5816 - Performance Enhancement B (3 units)
PSP 5817 - Performance Enhancement C (1-3 units)
PSP 5822 - Team Building (3 units)
PSP 5826 - Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior (4 units)
PSP 5819 - Social and Historical Issues in Sport(4 units)
PSP 5880A/B - Portfolio A/B (1/1 unit)
PSP 9085 - Fieldwork Exam (0 units)
PSP 9090 - Comprehensive Written Examination (0 units)
PSP 9091 - Comprehensive Oral Examination (0 units)
PSP 9030 - Developing a Consulting Practice A (0 units)
PSP 9031 - Developing a Consulting Practice B (0 units)
PSP 9100 - Exit Meeting (0 units)

Attendance is required at all meetings:
PSP 9020 - Town Hall Meetings (0 units)
PSP 9025A - Speaker Series (0 units)
PSP 9025B - Speaker Series (0 units)

Students in either option must take this course a minimum of four times and earn a total of 16 units.
PSP 5280 - Fieldwork (16 units)

Research Options
Option 1
PSP 5890 - Research Proposal(2 units)
PSP 5891A/B/C - Research A//B/C (1/1/1 unit)
PSP 5801 - Supplemental Supervised Field Placement (0 units)
PSP XXXX - Electives (5 units)

Option 2
PSP 5895A/B - Applied Project A/B (1/1 unit)
PSP XXXX - Electives (8 units)

Total units required: 77