Sports-Related Programs

As athletes sit on the sidelines or get back on the field, maintaining mental skills training remains crucial. Get a degree that helps athletes prepare for their comeback and compete at the highest level.

University of Western States (UWS), a non-profit institution founded in 1904 in Portland, Oregon, is an integrated health sciences university with an enduring commitment to educating health care professionals. The university motto, “For the good of the patient” guides every aspect of the institution. UWS is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).


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The sport and performance psychology (SPP) graduate program provides 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 program and faculty prepare graduates with the firsthand experience needed to serve as leaders in the sport, coaching, exercise, mental health counseling and wellness disciplines. There are options at master’s, doctoral and certificate levels within this program.

Master of Science (MS)

Using positive and applied sport psychology, the master’s program is designed to help students develop the foundational skills to enhance performance and maximize human potential. The degree consists of eight core courses and multiple elective options. Our curriculum is designed specifically to help students complete the specialized coursework requirements to become a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).


  • 100% online
  • 5-6 quarters (1.5 years)
  • Entry Term: Spring and Fall
  • 54 quarter credits (36 semester)

Positive Coaching Concentration
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 focuses on the importance of positive coaching, leadership and communication to help your team, business or organization reach full potential.

Doctor of Education (EdD)

UWS also offers a doctorate degree program (EdD) in sport and performance psychology. The EdD program incorporates elements of a research-oriented PhD (doctor of philosophy) and a Psy-D (psychology doctorate) and is designed to enhance students’ prior training and experience in applied sport psychology, coaching, leadership and wellness disciplines.

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 and want to tailor their specializations to their career goals.

Positive Leadership and Administration Concentration
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.


  • Online blended
  • 8-12 quarters (2-3 years)
  • Entry Term: Spring and Fall
  • 86 quarter credits (57.3 semester)

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialization
The Doctorate of Education in Sport and Performance Psychology, Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialization (EdD-SPP, CMHC) is uniquely designed for students who are simultaneously seeking counseling licensure and advanced sport and performance psychology training to open the door to a wide array of career options. This integrated EdD degree in sport and performance psychology includes a master’s degree in CMHC conferred after the first 90 credits, prior to starting the doctoral portion of the degree, so that students can begin working as a professional counselor while completing their doctorate.


  • Mostly online coursework with meaningful contact with instructors and peers
  • 16 quarters (4-5 years) – flexible pacing for working professionals
  • Entry Term: Spring and Fall
  • 148 quarter credits (98.7 semester credits)

Graduate Certificates

The sport and performance psychology graduate certificate programs are designed for those interested in completing graduate-level coursework to specialize in their field. All certificate programs are 100% online and include four to six courses, allowing completion in less than one year.

UWS offers the following sport and performance psychology certificate programs:

  • Sports Nutrition
  • Positive Leadership Administration
  • Applied Sport Psychology


Our current cultural, political and medical landscape has made it abundantly clear how much our emotional, behavioral and mental health matters. There is no better time than now to pursue a degree in clinical mental health counseling.

Mental health counselors provide treatment to individuals, families, couples, children and groups. They treat clients with a variety of conditions, including anxiety, depression, grief, low self-esteem, stress and suicidal impulses. They also help with mental and emotional health issues and relationship problems.

The University of Western States (UWS) 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.

Learn how you can become a healing force in your community with a degree in clinical mental health counseling from UWS.

Graduate-Level Degree Options

The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MS-CMHC) program at UWS is designed for students who want to diagnose and treat those with mental health disorders as licensed counselors. As careers progress, students can become clinical supervisors and mental and behavioral health program administrators.


  • 100% online coursework with meaningful contact with instructors and peers
  • 8-12 quarters (2-3 years) – flexible pacing for working professionals
  • Entry Term: Spring and Fall
  • 90 quarter credits (60 semester credits)

UWS also offers a Doctor of Education (EdD) in Sport and Performance Psychology, with a Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialization. This program is an ideal option for candidates who may be interested in earning their clinical mental health counseling master’s and an EdD in sport and performance psychology in one streamlined program.


  • Mostly online coursework with meaningful contact with instructors and peers
  • 16 quarters (4-5 years) – flexible pacing for working professionals
  • Entry Term: Spring and Fall
  • 148 quarter credits (98.7 semester credits)


  • 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.
  • Instructors that are active in the field.
  • Dual-degree doctoral option.