SPP Graduate Certificates

For those interested in completing specialized graduate level coursework, our online graduate certificate programs may be for you. These programs are designed for people who want to further their education or are pursuing a graduate level certificate.

All certificate programs are 100 percent online. They include four to six courses offered over two to three quarters, to allow completion in under a year. Certificate programs consist of courses within our master’s and doctoral degree programs. Upon completion, participants may choose to finish the remaining coursework to earn a master’s or doctor of education degree at UWS.

Format: online
Length: 6-9 months
Credits: 16-24 quarter credits
Tuition: $395 per credit | $405 beginning July 1

We offer the following certificate programs:

Applied Sport Psychology

The curriculum is designed to meet the necessary requirements to become a Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) as outlined in the about program section. The curriculum addresses the coursework competency areas to prepare student to become a recognized expert in the field.

The certificate requires a total of 24 quarter-credits completed at UWS. If a candidate has already completed a course that fulfills an Association of Applied Sport Psychology (AASP) CMPC requirement, the student may request approval from the program director to take a different approved elective course within the program. It is the responsibility of the students to stay current and meet the requirements of the CMPC candidate handbook published by AASP.

Courses

Students take a total of six courses or 24 credits to complete the program. If you have already completed a course that fulfills an AASP requirement, then you may request to take a different elective course within our program. For example, if you have already taken sport psychology, you will not retake the same course.

applied sport psychology
*24 quarter credits equivalent to 16 semester credits.

24 total quarter credits | 6 courses

Course Descriptions

Please refer to course descriptions in the EdD in sport and performance psychology section.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe major concepts and current trends in research pertaining to mental health counseling and sport psychology
  2. Identify and explain the legal and ethical issues involved with mental health counseling practice and consulting in sport psychology
  3. Demonstrate the ability to design activities and ethical interventions in sport and performance contexts that will lead to improved performance and satisfaction
  4. Communicate through discussion and writing the terminology, concepts, and connections between science, counseling and sport psychology practice
  5. Recognize and integrate a variety of techniques available to improve health, enhance performance, and improve overall wellness

8 AASP Knowledge Competency Areas

  1. Sport Psychology Professional Ethics and Standards
  2. Sport Psychology
  3. Sport Science (Physiological Bases of Sport, Historical/Social/Motor Bases of Sport)
  4. Psychopathology
  5. Helping Relationships (Counseling Skills)
  6. Statistics and Research Methods
  7. Psychological Foundations (previously C9-C12)
  8. Diversity and Culture


Sports Nutrition

The graduate sports nutrition certificate consists of four courses designed specifically to prepare students to become a certified sports nutritionist (CISSN) through the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN). The CISSN is recognized as the premier certification backed by evidence-informed research in the field of sports nutrition and supplementation. By completing this program, you will learn how to improve and support athletic performance. Students will gain practical experience on how to support body composition and physique changes for specific sports and/or positions as well as how to optimize performance for endurance, power and speed applications.

Courses

Order of courses below may change.

sports nutrition certificate

*16 quarter credits equivalent to 11 semester credits.

Course Descriptions

In addition to the courses below, please refer to course descriptions in the EdD in sport and performance psychology section.

MSN6101 Evidence-Based Nutrition (3 credits)

This course provides core knowledge in evidence-based nutrition with a focus on the role of nutrition in health optimization and disease treatment. Students will gain a detailed understanding of the practical application of various nutrients and dietary strategies used in clinical practice. Discussions will also incorporate the three components of evidence-based health care (clinical expertise, patient preference, research evidence) into the decision-making and data-analysis process. 

MSN6305 Whole Food Nutrition and Supplementation (4 credits)

This course covers concepts and evidence related to nutritional therapy, public health nutrition policy, whole foods and processed foods, food groups, dietary patterns, nutrient content of foods, organic and conventional foods, and various controversies in the field of nutrition. Evidence on nutritional prevention and treatment of major diseases is emphasized. Dietary guidelines, meal planning, and regulation and quality control in the dietary supplement industry are also discussed. (4+0)

Learning Outcomes

  1. Evaluate current research related to sports nutrition, wellness, and selected dietary patterns
  2. Demonstrate comprehension of macronutrient digestion, absorption, and transport under normal and exercising conditions
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of regulations and quality control issues in sports nutrition and the dietary supplement industry
  4. Demonstrate the ability to assist with the development of specific nutrition plans designed to maximize sport performance and overall wellness.
  5. Identify and describe applications of dietary supplements to improve health and performance


Positive Leadership and Administration

Positive leadership applies the principles of positive psychology to the challenges in competitive sport environments and in the workplace. It is intended to help leaders and their teams or organizations succeed through a gained understanding of human motivations and behaviors (emphasizing strengths rather than limitations) and how to apply that understanding to achieve extraordinary results in long-term motivation, team and business functional effectiveness, effective work processes, and organizational design and/or structure that leads to optimal performance. Coursework within this certificate can also be taken within our other online degrees.

Courses

positive leadership and administration

*24 quarter credits equivalent to 16 semester credits.

24 total quarter credits  |  6 courses

Course Descriptions

Please refer to course descriptions in the EdD in sport and performance psychology section.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe major concepts and current trends in research pertaining to sport psychology, positive leadership and administration.
  2. Identify and explain the legal and ethical issues involved with positive leadership and administration practice and consulting in sport psychology.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to design activities and ethical interventions in positive leadership and administration and performance contexts.
  4. Communicate through discussion and writing the terminology, concepts, and connections between science, positive leadership and administration practice.
  5. Recognize and integrate a variety of techniques available to improve leadership, enhance performance, and improve overall wellness.