Career Pathways

What is sport and performance psychology?

Sport and performance psychology encompasses the positive and applied sport psychology needed to enhance performance and maximize human potential. The field involves understanding the process of success, creating and leading highly effective teams, utilizing positive motivation and communication techniques, and setting and achieving high goals.

Specialize at UWS

EdD Mental Health Counseling Specialization
For students interested in a future that involves counseling, the SPP EdD program with the clinical mental health counseling specialization was designed to serve as an effective introduction to the field while working toward a doctoral degree.

EdD Positive Leadership and Administration Concentration
Positive leadership applies the principles of positive psychology to the challenges in competitive work and sport environments. This concentration is designed to help leaders and their organizations succeed through gaining understandings of human motivation and behavior (emphasizing strengths rather than limitations) to achieve extraordinary results.

Applied Sport Psychology Graduate Certificate
This program addresses each of the 8 AASP coursework competency areas to prepare students to become experts in the field of sports psychology.

Positive Leadership and Administration Graduate Certificate
Positive leadership applies the principles of positive psychology to the challenges in competitive sport environments and in the workplace.

Sports Nutrition Graduate Certificate
This certificate is designed to prepare students to become certified sports nutritionists (CISSN) through the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN).

Transfer Credit Evaluation


A student may request up to 16 transfer credits of coursework successfully completed at another accredited university. Transfer credit requests are reviewed by the program director for applicability to the UWS program.

Qualified Exams

Coursework options offered within the program are consistent with the knowledge and skills assessed by the:

  • Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) toward the Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC)
  • National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE)
  • National Counselor Examination (NCE)

*Note on licensure

It is the responsibility of the individual student to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements. UWS makes no representations or guarantee that completion of UWS coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure.

Licensure

Approved by the Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), the program’s comprehensive curriculum was specifically designed to help students complete the specialized coursework requirements to become certified consultants (CMPC). This structure allows our students to select coursework to meet their individual job and certification needs.

Careers

Sport and performance psychology professionals typically serve as leaders in sport, coaching, exercise and wellness disciplines. Graduates of the SPP program can seek careers including:

  • certified consultant (CMPC)
  • positive leadership administrator
  • coach
  • professor