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Sport-Exercise Psychology MA Courses & Requirements | Argosy University, Atlanta Learn more about our Master of Arts in Sport-Exercise Psychology Courses and Admissions Requirements at Argosy University, Atlanta. https://www.argosy.edu/locations/atlanta/counseling-psychology-and-social-sciences-4/master-of-arts-in-sport-exercise-psychology/course-requirements

Admissions Requirements

In addition to the requirements listed below, the Admissions Committee also takes into consideration the qualities essential to becoming an effective applied sport psychology professional. Material is also required which will help to determine the individual's personal integrity, maturity, interpersonal skills, and ability to communicate. Required materials include:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, a nationally accredited institution approved and documented by the faculty and dean of the College of Counseling, Psychology and Social Sciences, or an appropriately certified foreign institution.

  • A grade point average (GPA) on a scale of 4.0 as described below. Additional requirements may apply.

    • 2.7 for the bachelor's degree, or

    • 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) for the last 60 hours of coursework (including graduate work), or

    • Between 2.0 and 2.7 for the bachelor's degree. Students seeking admission with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.7 will be required to submit a personal/professional goal statement with a self-appraisal of qualifications for the profession, current résumé (or career summary), one completed letter from a current employer, and evidence of completing one undergraduate introductory psychology course with a grade of "C" or better. Students admitted with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.7 must enroll in W5096 - Academic Writing within the first 15 week semester and pass within the first 30 weeks. Admission between 2.0 and 2.7 must be approved by the department chair and must be justified, documented, signed, placed, and retained in the student's academic file.

      • Between 2.0 and 2.4 for the bachelor's degree. Students are also required to submit three academic or professional letters of recommendation (one from an employer)

  •  A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, "English Language Proficiency Policy."

 All applications for admission must be submitted to the Admissions Department. An admissions representative is available to help interested applicants complete the following required documentation:

  • Completed Application for Admission Form.
  • Personal/professional goal statement with a self-appraisal of qualifications for the profession.
  • If the basis of admission is an earned bachelor's degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher (on a scale of 4.0), an official transcript from the degree granting institution.
  • If the basis of admission is a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) for the last 60 hours of coursework, official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended during the 60 hours of study.

Course List

Basic Interventions in Counseling Requirements —Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

SP6104 - Counseling Skills I
(3)

(3)

SP6510 - Athletic Counseling
(3)

(3)

Basic Interventions in Counseling Requirements — 6 Credit Hours

 

Cognitive Bases of Behavior Requirement—Students Are Required to Take the Following
SP6012 - Cognitive and Affective Behavior
(3)

(3)

Cognitive Bases of Behavior Requirement — 3 Credit Hours

 

Elective Requirement — Students are Required to Choose Three (3) Credit Hours from the Following
SP6494 - Exercise and Health Psychology
(3) [or other course approved by campus dean or department chair]

(3) [or other course approved by campus dean or department chair]

SP6600 - Psychophysiology of Sport and Health
(3)

(3)

SP7561 - Seminar in Sport Psychology Consulting I
(1)

(1)

*

*

SP7562 - Seminar in Sport Psychology Consulting II
(1)

(1)

*

*

SP7563 - Seminar in Sport Psychology Consulting III
(1)

(1)

*

*

Elective Requirement — 3 Credit Hours

* Students may elect to complete three 1-credit hour seminars in Sport Psychology Consulting (SP7561, SP7562, and SP7563) over the course of the degree program to fulfill this requirement.

Individual Behavior Requirement — Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

SP6505 - Lifespan Development
(3)

(3)

Individual Behavior Requirement — 3 Credit Hours

 

Motor Bases of Sport Requirement — Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

SP6497 - Motor Learning and Development
(3)

(3)

Motor Bases of Sport Requirement — 3 Credit Hours

 

Physiological Bases of Sport Requirement —Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

SP6501 - Exercise Physiology
(3)

(3)

Physiological Bases of Sport Requirement — 3 Credit Hours

 

Professional Ethics and Standards Requirement —Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

SP6300 - Professional and Ethical Issues
(3)

(3)

Professional Ethics and Standards Requirement — 3 Credit Hours

 

Psychopathology Requirement — Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

SP6005 - Psychopathology
(3)

(3)

Psychopathology Requirement — 3 Credit Hours

 

Research Design and Statistics Requirement —Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

SP6200 - Statistics and Research I
(3)

(3)

Research Design and Statistics Requirement — 3 Credit Hours

 

Social Bases of Behavior Requirement —Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

SP6020 - Team Dynamics and Group Behavior
(3)

(3)

Social Bases of Behavior Requirement — 3 Credit Hours

 

Sport Psychology Course Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

SP6493 - Psychological Aspects of Athletic Injury
(3)

(3)

SP6499 - Applied Sport Psychology I: Theory and Research
(3)

(3)

SP6500 - Applied Sport Psychology II: Professional Practice
(3)

(3)

Sport Psychology Course Requirements— 9 Credit Hours

 

Supervised Applied Sport Psychology Practicum Requirements — Students Are Required to Take the Following

 

SP6535 - Sport Psychology Master's Practicum I
(3)

(3)

SP6536 - Sport Psychology Master's Practicum II
(3)

(3)

Supervised Applied Sport Psychology Practicum Requirements — 6 Credit Hours

 

Practicum and Practicum Seminar Requirements

The practicum is designed to provide opportunities for students to gain applied sport-exercise psychology training and experience. The practicum allows students to work under supervision with an athletic and/or performance population. The goal of the practicum is to correlate the student's field experience with attained levels of academic experience. This training includes direct observation of athletes/performers, assessments of mental skills, and intervention planning and implementation with individuals and/or groups.

Students are placed in a practicum and practicum seminar during their second year of study. Each practicum requires a minimum of 400 hours of applied sport-exercise psychology training over two semesters. The practicum carries 3 credit hours per semester, or 6 credit hours per academic year. At times, a practicum may require a student to provide services outside of the regular year (e.g., during the summer just prior to the start of the fall semester). In addition to being enrolled in practicum, students attend a practicum seminar led by a faculty member. A practicum  may not be done in a student's place of employment, nor are practicum requirements waived.

All students placed on practicum are covered by professional liability insurance, purchased through the school. This coverage is mandatory even if the student is otherwise insured. Payment for insurance coverage is made through the Student Services Department at the time of practicum registration. Please see Appendix III, Tuition and Fee Schedule for specific fees.

Practicum Prerequisites

Students must demonstrate the readiness to assume a professional role and interact appropriately with clients. Personal adjustment issues, interpersonal difficulties, poor communications skills, or other behavioral problems may reflect on a student's ability to interact with clients in a competent and ethical manner. Students on probation are not eligible to make application to practicum or begin practicum. Students placed on probation during practicum must petition the department chair of the Sport-Exercise Psychology program regarding their eligibility to continue practicum.

All students who enter the practicum application process must be in good academic standing, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0), and have completed the academic planning which will allow for the following practicum prerequisite courses to be successfully completed prior to the beginning of the practicum:

Practicum Prerequisites

 

SP6005 - Psychopathology
(3)

(3)

SP6015 - Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Therapy
(3)

(3)

SP6104 - Counseling Skills I
(3)

(3)

SP6499 - Applied Sport Psychology I: Theory and Research
(3)

(3)

SP6500 - Applied Sport Psychology II: Professional Practice
(3)

(3)

Practicum Seminar

All students enrolled in the practicum must also attend the practicum seminar. The practicum seminar allows the student to reflect on various practicum experiences and to acquire additional skills and attitudes in useful field training. The content reflects coursework and addresses issues that a student may encounter during the practicum experience.

Practicum Experiences


The list of current and past practicum sites at Argosy University includes local area high school athletic departments, college athletic teams, sports medicine facilities, professional sports organizations, youth sport organizations, and private sport psychology consulting practices. Every attempt will be made to match students with practicum settings that are consistent with their professional goals. Practicum sites are subject to the approval of the department chair.

Practicum Evaluation


Evaluation of student progress in field training focuses on three areas: theoretical knowledge base, applied sport-exercise psychology skills, and professional attitudes. Student progress in practicum training is evaluated through the use of Site Supervisor Evaluation Forms which are completed by the primary supervisor and appropriate practicum site personnel (e.g., head coach) each semester. It is expected that the primary supervisors review these written Site Supervisor Evaluation Forms with the student and provide direct feedback regarding the student's strengths and weaknesses. Based upon the supervisor and site evaluations, a grade of "Credit" or "No Credit" for the practicum and the practicum seminar is assigned.

Sport-Exercise Psychology Competency Evaluation (SPCE) Requirements


The Sport-Exercise Psychology Competency Evaluation (SPCE) is an assessment of a student's proficiency in applied sport-exercise psychology. This evaluation takes place at or near the completion of their practicum experience. The purpose of the SPCE is to assess students' growth and development of consulting competency in applied sport-exercise psychology in accordance with the standards of Argosy University and to ensure student acquisition of appropriate skills for applied sport-exercise psychology practice. The SPCE assesses competencies in assessment, case formulation, and intervention planning and implementation. As a prerequisite for submitting the written report, the student must be in good academic standing and enrolled in or have completed the practicum seminars. Students are expected to demonstrate their conceptual abilities, theoretical knowledge, and applied sport-exercise psychology skills obtained through coursework and practicum experience. For further information regarding the requirements of the SPCE, students should refer to the SPCE Manual.

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