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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

**While HNU has closed, the ASPP program will continue at Dominican University of California. If you are interested in joining the ASPP program at Dominican, please contact Dr. Alison Pope-Rhodius directly at**

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 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.

Program Mission: To educate and train students to become ethical, professional, and culturally competent practitioners who work with performers in a variety of domains. Our program is grounded in the theory and research of sport and performance psychology and offers training for practitioners to apply this education in the field. The program is committed to supporting both the professional and personal growth of students to become practitioners and leaders of Sport and Performance Psychology who integrate the art and science of mental skills training.

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Learn More

Please contact Director of Sport and Performance Psychology, Dr. Alison Pope-Rhodius, at or go directly to Dominican University's ASPP program page below.

ASPP Program at Dominican University
Career Outcomes

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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Apply knowledge, skills, concepts and techniques in real-life settings

Applied Performance Placements

HNU's Applied Sport and Performance Psychology program offers students the opportunity to work hands-on with individuals in groups in sport and performance settings. These settings include club sports, high schools, performance organizations and HNU's athletic teams, among others.

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Student Experience

Program Highlights

• Choose from on-campus, online (with a 2-week residency on campus), or hybrid program options.
• Learn from highly skilled, internationally-recognized faculty.
• Learn online in a combination of real time classes and some coursework on your own schedule.
• Train in providing remote performance consulting.
• Shadow experienced practitioners working with performers.
• Work with performers under faculty supervision.
• Elective options may include courses in applying performance psychology with military, business, or the performing arts.
• Develop a portfolio project throughout the program.
• Attend masterclasses with renowned practitioners.
• Attend professional development workshops.
• Skill up on business practices for consultants.

Program Learning Outcomes

Ethics and Professionalism: Apply the professional and ethical standards guiding Sport and Performance Psychology

Theory and Research: Synthesize theoretical principles and evidence-based research to inform applied practice

Case Conceptualization: Formulate theoretically grounded and evidence-based case conceptualizations for work with individuals and groups

Mental Skills Training: Design and implement a comprehensive mental skills training plan to enhance performance with a variety of individuals and groups

Emotional Intelligence: Facilitate client awareness and management of emotions to support their performance and well-being

Cultural Intelligence: Recognize the broad and diverse sociocultural contexts in which both the student and client live

Contextual Intelligence: Adapt knowledge and skills to the client’s varied and evolving circumstances and environments

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World-class leadership in Sports & Performance

ASPP Advisory board

Inspiring leaders, practitioners and performers from various performance domains based in Europe and all across the US.

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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.