Online Master of Arts (MA) in Sport-Exercise Psychology Degree Program

Master's Degree in Sport-Exercise Psychology


The Master of Arts (MA) in Sport-Exercise Psychology program at Argosy University, Online is designed to educate and train you to function as a capable and ethical performance enhancement specialist.

Whether you are seeking employment in a variety of settings, including private practice, athletic departments, coaching, exercise/health, and education, or pursuing a doctorate degree, this Argosy University, Online sport psychology program is designed to meet your needs.

Gainful Employment Information

Based on the educational requirements outlined by the Association for the Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), the curriculum provides students with a foundation in applied sport psychology, an understanding of normal and abnormal psychological functioning, and a knowledge base in the physiological, motor, and psychosocial aspects of sport behavior. Graduates of the MA in Sport-Exercise Psychology program may be eligible to apply for “provisional status” as a certified consultant, AASP.

Argosy University does not guarantee third-party certification/licensure. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to Argosy University.

Program Goals

The goals of this Argosy University, Online sport psychology degree program include developing student competencies in the following areas:

  • theoretical foundations
  • helping relationships
  • individual and group skills
  • normal and abnormal behavior
  • sport sciences
  • research and evaluation
  • diversity
  • professional identity

Doctoral Programs

If you wish to pursue a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology degree after completion of the MA in Sport-Exercise Psychology, you may apply to the PsyD in Clinical Psychology program. Students who are accepted into the PsyD Clinical Psychology program are then eligible for the transfer of some credits earned in the MA in Sport-Exercise Psychology program, to be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Course List

Core Course Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following


SP6005 - Psychopathology


SP6012 - Cognitive and Affective Behavior


SP6020 - Team Dynamics and Group Behavior


SP6104 - Counseling Skills I


SP6200 - Statistics and Research I


SP6300 - Professional and Ethical Issues


SP6493 - Psychological Aspects of Athletic Injury


SP6499 - Applied Sport Psychology I: Theory and Research


SP6505 - Lifespan Development


SP6510 - Athletic Counseling


Core Course Requirements—30 Credit Hours


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.