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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 become fully prepared and qualified to sit for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) certification exam. AASP is the only sport and exercise 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 600 hours, on average).

Starting in Summer 2018, all individuals (on-site, online, and hybrid students) in the MA program are required to take the first internship with the LEAP (Life Enhancement through Athletic Participation) program in the SF Bay Area.

The subsequent three internships are completed at locations conveniently located to you. 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


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 (2 unit)
PSP 5054B – Research Methods: Quantitative and Qualitative B (2 units)
PSP 5800A – Sport Psychology A (3 units)
PSP 5800B – Sport Psychology B (3 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 (3 units)
PSP 5805 – Psychopathology Assessment (4 units)
PSP 5811 – Counseling Skills A (3 units)
PSP 5812 – Counseling Skills B (3 units)
PSP 5814 – Comprehensive Exploration of Diversity in Sport (4 units)
PSP 5815 – Performance Enhancement A (3 units)
PSP 5816 – Performance Enhancement B (3 units)
PSP 5817 – Performance Enhancement C (3 units)
PSP 5819 – Social and Historical Issues in Sport (2 units)
PSP 5822 – Team Building (3 units)
PSP 5826 – Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior (4 units)

PSP 5850A – Exercise and Mental Health (1 unit)
PSP 5850A – Mindful Approaches to Performance A (1 unit)
PSP 5850A – Mindful Approaches to Performance B (1 unit)
PSP 5850A – Motivational Interviewing (1 unit)
PSP 5820 – Psychology of Coaching (2 units)
PSP 5821 – Gender Issues in Sport (1 unit)
PSP 5832 – Psychology of Injury (1 unit)
PSP 5833 – Kinesiology (4 units)
PSP 5834 – Motor Learning and Performance (1 unit)
PSP 5835 – Exercise Psychology (2 units)
PSP 5838 – Health Psychology (2 units)
PSP 5840 – Psychology of Performing Artists (1 unit)
PSP 5850A – Clinical Sport Psychology (1 unit)
PSP 5850A – Neuropsychology (2 units)
PSP 5850A – Recreation Enhancement for At–Risk Youth (1 unit)
PSP 5855 – Best Practices for Remote Consulting (1 unit)
PSP 9030 – Developing a Consulting Practice A (2 units)
PSP 9031 – Developing a Consulting Practice B (2 units)

Attendance is required at all (4) town hall meetings and at a minimum of 6 professional development seminars:
PSP 9000 – Professional Development Seminar (0 units)
PSP 9020 – Town Hall Meetings (0 units)

A minimum of 15 fieldwork units are required for students in either the Research or Applied Project option.
PSP 5279 – Fieldwork Orientation (0 units)
PSP 5280 – Fieldwork (14 units)
PSP 9085 – Fieldwork Exam (0 units)

Research Project Option
PSP 5801 – Supplemental Supervised Field Placement (0 units)
PSP 5890 – Research Proposal (2 units)
PSP 5891A – Research A (1 unit)
PSP 5891B – Research B (1 unit)
PSP 5891C – Research C (1 unit)
PSP XXXX – Electives (7 units)

Applied Project Option
PSP 5895A – Applied Project A (2 units)
PSP 5895B – Applied Project B (2 units)
PSP XXXX – Electives (10 units)

Comprehensive Exams/Exit Meeting
PSP 9090 – Comprehensive Written Examination (0 units)
PSP 9091 – Comprehensive Oral Examination (0 units)
PSP 9100 – Exit Meeting (0 units)

Total units required: 77