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 87101 Applied Sport Psychology II

Credits : 3

This course is the second of a two-part course that provides an overview of the foundations and applications of sport psychology. The focus of study examines performance enhancement through psychological skills training, and imaging and goal setting. It also explores enhancing health and well-being by avoiding or responding effectively to athletic injuries, addictive behavior, and burnout. This course explores the basic concepts and principles of sport psychology and how they can be applied to counseling, teaching, coaching, and fitness instruction. It also 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
  • Review somatic, cognitive and multimodal anxiety reduction techniques
  • Analyze coping strategies to deal with competitive stress
  • Assess how expectations affect performance and behavior
  • Evaluate the theory of self-efficacy and various aspects of coaching efficacy
  • Examine major types of goals and goal-setting systems
  • Research and evaluate football related head injuries and how to prevent them
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in regard to emerging relevant technologies applicable to psychology
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