MS | Concentration in Sports Counseling

MS in Psychology with a Concentration in Sports Counseling

Prepare for an Exciting and Rewarding Career With CalSouthern’s Sports Psychology Program

Although sports psychology is a relatively new field, it’s a growing specialty that offers a wealth of diverse, exciting, and rewarding job opportunities. Sports psychologists not only apply psychological techniques to enhance athletes’ performance, they also explore ways in which exercise can improve their clients’ mental health. And now, by taking specialized online sports psychology courses, Learners at CalSouthern can earn a Master of Science (MS) in psychology with an emphasis on sports psychology.

This master’s-level sports psychology degree can qualify graduates to utilize mental health training strategies to enhance the performance of athletes of all ages and abilities—from youth to professional athletes at sport’s highest levels. Or, you can apply the training strategies of sports psychology to help people suffering from mental health problems such as depression, eating disorders, or anger issues.

Written by a specialist in the field, the curriculum of this sports psychology program is comprised of five three-credit courses covering topics such as the psychology of coaching, motivation, imagery, preparation for athletic performance, and other emerging issues. You’ll take these courses in addition to required core courses designed to give you a well-rounded, graduate-level foundation in psychology.

Like all Learners in CalSouthern’s School of Behavioral Sciences, you’ll benefit from the accessibility, responsiveness, and personalized support that sets CalSouthern apart from other schools. From the day you enroll, you’ll be a part of a community of faculty, administration, and staff that measures their performance by your satisfaction and success. In addition, since the program’s coursework is 100-percent online, you can study at your own pace, without compromising your work obligations or family life.

Sport Psychology Courses

PSY 87100 Applied Sport Psychology I

Credits : 3

This course is the first part of a two-part course that provides an overview of the foundations and applications of sport psychology and examines human behavior in sport and exercise settings. Applied Sport Psychology I examines personality, motivation, competition, group and team dynamics, and communication. This course explores the basic concepts and principles of Sport Psychology and how they can be applied to counseling, teaching, coaching, and fitness instruction. This course investigates the latest research and practice in sport and exercise psychology.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Evaluate course concepts critically and competently through interaction with Learners and Faculty Mentor
  • Integrate course concepts through the use of the Taylor Study Method
  • Analyze how cognitive strategies relate to athletic success
  • Differentiate between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation
  • Examine ways to regulate arousal, stress and anxiety
  • Analyze competition and cooperation
  • Integrating and applying your knowledge of sport and exercise psychology to a practical setting
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in regard to emerging relevant technologies applicable to psychology
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