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 seeking to specialize in mental health counseling and become a licensed professional counselor (LPC), the SPP EdD program was designed to meet the rising demand in the field and to serve as an effective way for students to pursue this goal while also earning an advanced 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

Advanced Standing:
Students who have a related counseling master’s degree, are already a licensed professional counselor or psychologist qualify for approximately 30 or more credits of advanced standing toward the degree.

Qualified Exams

Personalized coursework options within the program provide an opportunity for students to meet certification as well as state and national exam requirements for:

  • Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP)
  • National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination (NCMHCE)
  • National Counselor Examination (NCE) for licensure and certification
  • State Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) coursework requirements


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.


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

  • licensed professional counselor (LPC)
  • certified consultant (CMPC)
  • clinical mental health counselor
  • positive leadership administrator
  • coach
  • professor