Admissions Information

Sport and Performance Psychology

The integrated sport and performance psychology (SPP) graduate programs at University of Western States (UWS) provide students with the skills in positive and applied sport psychology needed to enhance performance and transform lives. Taught by distinguished faculty with extensive sport psychology program experience, the curriculum educates students on the process of success, creating and leading highly effective teams, using positive motivation and communication techniques, as well as setting and achieving high goals. The programs and faculty prepare graduates with the firsthand experience needed to serve as leaders in the sport, coaching, exercise, mental health counseling and wellness disciplines. The SPP programs offered include: master of science (MS), doctor of education (EdD), and three graduate certificates.

Sport and Performance Psychology with Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The specialized sport and performance psychology EdD programs are a blend of a research-oriented PhD (doctor of philosophy) and a Psy-D (psychology doctorate), which allow students to meet their specific career goals and educational needs. The counseling coursework is an essential aspect of the training in SPP and toward becoming a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC). Additionally, if students are interested in pursuing licensure in mental health counseling, UWS offers a master’s program as well as an integrated EdD degree in clinical mental health counseling with the sport and performance psychology curriculum included.  To learn more about these licensure-eligible programs, please visit the clinical mental health counseling page for further details. While these degree programs are similar due to course content, the career outcomes can differ. Trying to decide which program is right for you? Check out this valuable resource that can aid in directing you toward the right educational path!

What do you need?


Prerequisite Entrance Requirements

All applicants will be reviewed holistically including their GPA, experience, service and accomplishments.

Master of Science Program

Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree (or foreign equivalent) or first professional degree.
GPA Requirements: Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. *Applicants with a GPA below 2.75 please contact admissions.


Doctor of Education Program

Minimum Education: Master’s degree from an accredited college or university (or foreign equivalent).
GPA Requirements: Minimum graduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. *Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 please contact admissions.


Certificate Programs

Applied Sport Psychology Certificate
Minimum Education: Master’s degree (or foreign equivalent) or first professional degree.
GPA Requirements: Minimum 3.0 graduate GPA in an earned master’s or doctoral program. *Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 please contact admissions.

Positive Leadership and Administration Certificate
Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree (or foreign equivalent) or first professional degree.
GPA Requirements: Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. *Applicants with a GPA below 2.75 please contact admissions.

Sports Nutrition Certificate
Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree (or foreign equivalent) or first professional degree.
GPA Requirements: Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. *Applicants with a GPA below 2.75 please contact admissions.


Technology Requirements: Since this is an online program, you must have access to a reliable computer, basic computer skills and a dependable connection to the Internet.

Credit Conversion:

  • 1 quarter credit = .67 semester credits
  • 1.5 quarter credits = 1 semester credit
  • 5 quarter credits = 3.33 semester credits

How to Apply


Entry Terms and Application Deadlines

Entry Terms:

  • MS: fall, spring, summer
  • EdD: fall, spring, summer
  • Graduate certificates: fall, winter, spring, summer

Admission Deadlines: Applicants are encouraged to submit their application and all supporting documents sixty days prior to their intended start date. Listed below are the priority and final deadlines that may be helpful in planning your application submission.

Fall 2020

Priority Application Deadline- August 21, 2020
Final Application Deadline- September 4, 2020
Deposit Deadline- September 18, 2020
Classes begin October 5, 2020

Spring 2021

Priority Application Deadline – February 5, 2021
Final Deadline – February 19, 2021
Deposit Deadline- March 5, 2021
Classes begin April 5, 2021

Summer 2021

Priority Application Deadline – May 7, 2021
Final Deadline – May 21, 2021
Deposit Deadline – June 4, 2021
Classes begin July 5, 2021

Fall 2021

Priority Application Deadline – August 6, 2021
Final Deadline – August 20, 2021
Deposit Deadline – September 3, 2021
Classes begin October 4, 2021

Deadline Considerations:

  • Applicants with in-progress coursework will still be considered for admission and are asked to submit final transcripts upon course completion.
  • We understand that some applicants may be waiting on final grades from prerequisite coursework to submit final official transcripts after the final deposit deadline.
  • We require that students submit their entire application, supporting documentation and be successfully interviewed and deposited by the deposit deadline.
  • If you are unable to submit your application and materials by the final deadline, please contact the admissions office at [email protected] or 800-641-5641.

Application Requirements

  • Transcripts: UWS requires official transcripts from all prior college and universities. Official transcripts should be mailed directly from those institutions to the UWS office of admissions. Our mailing address is: 8000 NE Tillamook St., Portland, OR 97213. UWS also accepts electronic transcripts from EScript-Safe and Parchment. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded and attached to your application.
  • Current Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Two Letters of Recommendation: Applicants are encouraged to use professional or academic references whom are most familiar with your former studies, academic interest and work.
  • Interview: A personal interview is required of all applicants. The UWS office of admissions will contact you directly to schedule a personal interview after your application and transcripts have been reviewed. Interviews may be completed either in-person or via Zoom video conference.
  • $50 application fee
  • International applicants must also fulfill the international student admission requirements.

Additional Requirements for Full Acceptance

  • Successful completion of a background check through our approved partner, Advanced Reporting. A link to complete this process will be sent to you upon your offer of conditional acceptance to UWS.