Sport and Performance Psychology at UWS


Are you interested in specializing in sport and performance psychology or clinical mental health counseling to further your career in the sports industry? Read on to learn more about our master’s and doctoral level programs below and sign up to receive more information from our admissions advisors.


The sport and performance psychology (SPP) online program focuses on teaching the process of success, creating and leading a highly effective team, positive motivation and communication and setting and achieving high goals. The curriculum is designed to help students become certified consultants through the Association of Applied Sport Psychology. The program offers a master’s degree with an optional concentration in positive coaching, a doctoral degree with concentrations in positive leadership and administration, and individual studies, and graduate certificate options.

Positive Coaching

This concentration focuses on strategic leadership and coaching used to enhance both physical and mental performance. It reaches beyond coaching on the sidelines and includes how to perform optimally as the coach and leader. Topics covered in this concentration will build on sports performance-based knowledge and focus on the importance of positive coaching, leadership and communication to help your team, business or organization reach full potential.

Positive Leadership and Administration

Positive psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play. Positive leadership applies the principles of positive psychology to the challenges in competitive sport environments and in the workplace. This concentration is intended to help leaders and their teams or organizations succeed through a gained understanding of human motivations and behaviors, and how to apply that understanding to achieve extraordinary results.

Individual Studies

This option is designed to help students complete all of the AASP coursework requirements and for those who are interested in multiple areas including coaching, positive leadership, athletic administration, wellness, counseling, and sports nutrition. This is also a good option for students who already have a master’s degree in counseling.

Graduate Certificates in Sport and Performance Psychology

The sport and performance psychology graduate certificate programs are designed for those interested in completing graduate-level coursework to specialize in their field, further their education or distinguish themselves in the industry. All certificate programs are 100 percent online and include four to six courses, allowing completion in under one year. Certificate programs consist of courses within our master’s and doctoral degree programs. Upon completion, participants may choose to finish the remaining coursework to earn a master’s or doctor of education degree.

UWS offers the following sport and performance psychology certificate programs:

  • Sports Nutrition
  • Positive Leadership Administration
  • Applied Sport Psychology

Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC)

The clinical mental health counseling (CMHC) curriculum at University of Western States (UWS) is supported by research in the field, evidence-based practices and clinical experiences provided by highly-trained faculty.

The CMHC Master of Science (MS-CMHC) and Doctoral Degree (EdD-CMHC) integrate sport and performance content with clinical mental health counseling content. The clinical mental health counseling graduate program emphasizes a systems approach in which students consider the influence of families, groups, teams and organizations on individual mental health and performance.

Both the MS degree and the EdD degree can be completed fully online with consistent and meaningful contact with faculty and instructors.

One of the unique features of this program is the standardized patient component, which provides unique and personalized learning for clinical mental health counseling students. Faculty design specific case studies, which create opportunities for students to apply their knowledge in simulated “real-world” scenarios with specially trained actors. Students also have the opportunity to design their own case studies to demonstrate conceptualization skills and process understanding