Ways to Learn
- 6 Years Full-Time
- Part-Time Option
- 222 Units
- Evening Option
For individuals interested in both sport and clinical psychology, John F. Kennedy University offers an innovative program preparing students to work in clinical settings as well as with athletes in a sport setting. Individuals work toward earning an MA in Sport Psychology and a PsyD degree concurrently. This program provides a unique training opportunity with clinical clients, athletes, as well as athletes with clinical concerns. And it prepares you to apply the skills and knowledge developed from the fields of sport and clinical psychology.
- Gain clinical competence in working with athletes
- Innovative linked program allows for completion of both degrees within six-years full-time
- Having both degrees enables graduates to use the title Sport Psychologist
Both the Master of Arts in Sport Psychology and the PsyD offer the highest level of available training in applied sport and clinical psychology respectively. (Unlike a research-based Ph.D., the PsyD program is designed to produce practitioners, not researchers, while providing the same high level of scholarly study.) And the missions of the two programs are similar: both provide a strong foundation in counseling skills and train students to serve multicultural and diverse populations.
In the past, students could earn a Master’s degree in two years and a Doctorate in Psychology in an additional four years. This innovative linked program allows completion of both degrees within five years of intensive, full-time study (part-time options are available). Students earn their Master of Arts in Sport Psychology after their third year and they earn their PsyD after their fifth year. With both degrees, graduates are able to use the title “Sport Psychologist” and apply to sit for the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) certification exam. Graduates also earn eligibility to take the psychology licensing exam for the state of California.
PsyD core coursework: 128 units (including externship)
Electives: 16 units minimum: May be taken anytime after Spring Quarter of Year 2.
Total Units for years 2-5 must equal or exceed 144
Internship = 36 units
Total Sport Psychology units = 42
Total PsyD program units = 180
Total units for MA/PsyD = 222
- Introduction to Psychology
- Theories of Personality
- Diversity-related course
Comprehensive written examination covering material of Phase I, to be taken at the end of Phase I. Further guidelines are available in the Sport Psychology office
Co-requisites: PSD 7035, PSD 7047.