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Master's in Sport and Performance Psychology

The 100% online 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.

Degrees & Offerings
  • M.S.
Location
  • Online
Department
College
Program Contact
Professor/Assistant Athletic Trainer
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Program Details:

  • Program Delivery – Available 100% online through asynchronous delivery. 
  • Flexible Start Dates – Students can begin coursework in the fall, spring, or summer semesters.
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    CMPC Certification – Coursework available to meet all knowledge areas for the Certified Mental Performance Consultant certification exam.

  • Who Should Apply – Whether you studied communications, psychology, or sports management — our M.S. Sport and Performance Psychology can enhance the skills you already have and prepare you for a leadership role in the field.
  • Full-time and part-time options available – 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.
  • National Rankings – Ranked #2 on GetEducated's '5 Best Online Master’s in Sports Psychology.' Also ranked #5 on Online Psychology Degrees list of 'Best Sports Psychology Masters Programs.'

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Courses and Curriculum

CURRENT DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

*Please see the CU degree requirements effective Fall 2023. All enrolled students can also review their degree program requirements and track progress to degree completion in Degree Works.

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, Sport Administration, etc).
  • Cumulative GPA of a 3.0 or higher.
  • Two (2) 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 gradadmissions@commonwealthu.edu 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.

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AASP Certification Course Requirements

(* = must be graduate level)

Courses
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 ScienceSPPP519: Gender and Sports
K4. PsychopathologySPPP503: 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 PsychologySPPP531: Mentored Experience in Sport and Performance Psychology

KUTZTOWN UNIVERSITY AGREEMENT
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 at 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.

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 
  • Certification: Courses have been approved by the Certification Council for certification through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology

Below are a few of the most common questions we hear from prospective students:

  • Q: Do I need a degree in counseling, psychology, or education to be admitted? 
    A: No- it’s an excellent fit for students from any undergraduate major. Some of the more common applicant majors are psychology, sociology, communications, and education. Some of our best students don’t have a related degree, but their athletic participation history makes them right for the program 
  • Q: How is the program delivered?
    A: Coursework is delivered 100% asynchronously online. 
  • Q: How long does it take to complete the program?
    A: Students can choose to take courses on a full- or part-time basis. Full-time students can finish the program in just one year; most part-time students finish in roughly two years. 
  • Q: What are my career options after I graduate?
    A: You'll be able to enter a wide variety of fields. Recent alumni have accepted positions as a mental performance coach, coordinator of mental skills programs, wellness coach, athletic academic advisor, athletic performance consultant, and a variety of collegiate and professional coaching positions.
  • Q: Do I need to attend full-time?
    A. 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.
  • Q: What if I need to take a semester off?
    A. 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.
  • Q: Can I transfer in credits?
    A. 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.  
  • Q. Do I need to take the GRE in order to apply?
    A. No- the GRE is not required for admission.

ONWARD AND UPWARD

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Online Delivery
Curriculum delivered through asynchronous courses.
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Start terms
Start your degree in the fall, spring, or summer semester.
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CMPC Certification
All of our coursework meets all knowledge areas for the Certified Mental Performance Consultant certification exam.

Careers

Career options associated with this program include:

Potential Job Opportunities

  • AASP Certified Consultant
  • College Athletic Academic Advisor
  • Lifestyle Coach
  • Fitness Consultant
  • Mental Performance Coach
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Coach
  • Player Development Manager
  • Wellness Coach

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This program is the definition of flexible. You can complete it in one year, or you can complete it in three years like I did. Whatever may be causing hesitation in your life to start your journey, need not apply here. This program gave me some incredible learning opportunities, and real-life application assignments. I'm glad I chose this program to get my Master's degree at Lock Haven.

Keval Mandalia '24
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The MS Program at Lock Haven, although it can be challenging, provided me with great knowledge that is needed in the field. The professors laid out course work, such as case studies, that allowed me to apply the knowledge I have. This will help prepare me in how I approach different scenarios in the field

Danielle Passifione '23
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I am grateful to have received my master's degree from Lock Haven in Sport and Performance Psychology. The structure of the coursework has prepared me to be successful in the future and I can't wait to apply myself in order to assist athletes. My favorite course was related to the psychology of athletic injury and recovery as an aspect of the field I would love to specialize in. I would recommend the program to those who want to continue their education with aspirations of working in the field of sport psychology. Both Dr. Ingram and Dr. Lally were extremely supportive of my journey and equipped me with the knowledge to be successful in the program and the confidence to work in the field.

Jarod Zimmerman '23
Sport & Performance Psychology
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Sport and Performance Psychology Faculty

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Kelly Dauber

  • Assistant Professor of Exercise Science
  • Bloomsburg

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