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 87120 Enhancing Performance: Preparation/Motivation

Credits : 3

This course explores the improvement of performance through mental strategies such as visualization, meditation, hypnosis, autogenic training, biofeedback, and progressive relaxation.

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
  • Evaluate and incorporate emerging relevant technologies applicable to the field of psychology
  • Analyze and evaluate information critically and effectively
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior in regard to information and information technology
  • Describe how Motivation effects athletic ability
  • Identify coping strategies to deal with competitive stress and eliminate anxiety
  • Examine the process of psychological self-regulation by use of imagery, visualization and self hypnosis
  • Describe strategies for building self-confidence
  • Assess eating disorders in sports
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