Online Learning

The sport and performance psychology program is flexible and 100 percent online. No on-site visits to Portland are required (though you’re very welcome to visit!).

For some, learning in an online environment is a new experience. At UWS, we strive to make that experience community-driven and free of unnecessary stress. Interactive discussion forums allow students with a diverse array of educational and professional backgrounds to learn from each other, as well as from assigned readings and lectures. In addition, our weekly modular schedule means that students can log on at the times most convenient for them, rather than being required to bend their work and family schedules to meet at a predetermined hour.

What is the Online Learning Experience like at UWS?

Skill Development
Classes are conducted in an interactive and dynamic manner, encouraging a high level of interaction with the material presented. It is not a purely “rote-memorization” nor dogmatic style of learning, but rather one that encourages the development of critical and clinical thinking skills.

Instructors moderate conversations in class forums that derive from weekly required postings. Much of the discussion will center on current research articles from PubMed and other online databases that students gain access to once enrolled. For individual time with an instructor, it is also possible to set up Skype calls when email is not sufficient.

Any-time Lecture Access
UWS online programs are global! We have instructors from as far away as Australia and students in countries like Zambia and Taiwan. Because of the varied time zones, all class lectures (including those that are live-streamed), as well as special events like expert guest lectures, are always recorded so that students may access them at a time that is most convenient to their schedule.

To maintain degree integrity, key exams will be proctored by a third-party service called ProctorU to ensure that students are taking exams unassisted.


neva smithI love the online environment. It’s structured in an organized way and the program gives you the ability to work on the material on your own time.

-Neva Smith, MS-SPP Student






marques stevensonThis is a much better online learning environment compared to my previous experience at another institution. No longer am I limited by local connections. I find that my cohorts are from all over the country and bring a wealth of knowledge and world experience to the classroom discussions.

-Marques Stevenson, EdD-SPP Student





richard trammelI love the online environment because of the convenience. I am a working person and on-campus classes have been a real challenge for me to attend.

-Richard Trammel, EdD-SPP Student






wendell ottoUWS has made the online learning process easy and it feels like I am in a live classroom. The way UWS utilizes the online platform is professional and simple to manage.

-Wendell Otto, EdD-SPP Student





ashley braymanLearning in an online environment was not new to me as I have taken quite a few classes online, yet the UWS culture is slightly different. It is more realistic, as if you are in an actual classroom and having a discussion. The discussion posts are less textbook and more conversational. This is key for me and provides an effective online learning environment.

-Ashley Brayman, EdD-SPP Student