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Master of Arts in Applied Sport and Performance Psychology

Master's Degree | Hybrid

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Hands-on training combined with current theory

Help others excel

Help people to think, feel, and behave differently so that they can perform better and enjoy their work more. A Master of Arts in Applied Sport and Performance Psychology will train you to become an ethical, professional, and culturally competent practitioner. Work with performers in a variety of domains: from sporting arenas and businesses to performing arts and health care. Learn to integrate established theories with evidence-based techniques to enhance the mental performance of individuals and teams. Gain practical experience working with performers to help their personal growth and their ability to excel in pressure situations. The program focuses on applied experiences through various opportunities, including the athletic department at HNU or at sites local to students.

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Opportunities to practice

Complete hours and coursework needed to be eligible to apply for certification as Certified Mental Performance Consultants (CMPC) through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).

  • Athletic environments

  • eSports

  • Business settings

  • The military

  • In the performing arts

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Student Experience

Program Highlights

• Learn from highly skilled, internationally-recognized faculty.
• Learn online in real time and on your own schedule.
• Train in providing remote performance consulting.
• Observe experienced practitioners working with performers.
• Work with performers under faculty supervision.
• Specialize in fields such as military, business, or the performing arts.
• Take counseling psychology courses.
• Develop a portfolio project throughout the program.
• Attend masterclasses with renowned practitioners.
• Attend professional development workshops.
• Skill up on business practices for consultants.

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Sample courses

Here are just a few of the courses you may take.

Introduction to Applied Sport and Performance Psychology

This course covers the history of the field, as well as its main theoretical approaches and concepts. It enables students to begin thinking about the theory to practice links and developing their own working definition of what sport and performance psychology is.

Introduction to Mental Skills Training (MST)

This course introduces the skills, techniques, and concepts used in the field by practitioners. The focus for this course will be on understanding these elements whilst observing them in practice.

Applied Mental Skills Training (MST)

This course enables a deeper understanding of the skills, techniques, and concepts and involves using case studies and presentations to further understand the work; the students will practice the skills and techniques.