Empower individuals and communities to 
maximize their health and performance.

Empower individuals and communities to
maximize their health and performance.

Master's (M.A.) in Counseling: Sport and Health Psychology

  • Stand out in the job market with training from a unique master’s degree program that offers a dual counseling and sport psychology credential.
  • Empower individuals to maximize health and performance—and build healthier communities.
  • Earn your degree in two years of full-time study.
  • Train with expert faculty and gain research experience in small, collaborative classes.

Our M.A. in Counseling: Specialization in Sport and Health Psychology program prepares graduates to work with athletes to improve well-being. This unique dual master’s degree in counseling and sport psychology provides students a comprehensive foundation in counseling theories and methods to maximize health and performance.

Our innovative program is designed to meet the standards of the Higher Learning Commission. With a rigorous theoretical curriculum and supervised clinical field experiences, we excel at preparing students for the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE).

We offer an immersive learning experience that brings together coursework and real-world experience focused on how sports and health contribute to community well-being. Our graduates work with experts in the field to tackle issues such as eating disorders; ethical compromises; substance abuse problems; obesity prevention and treatment; exercise promotion and adherence; and athlete performance enhancement. Adler University is a nationally recognized pioneer in graduate education, preparing socially responsible practitioners who advocate for underserved populations and build healthier communities.


Our program is designed to prepare sport and health counselors to work with diverse populations in a range of settings, including:

  • High school and university counseling centers
  • Health promotion programs
  • Amateur and professional athletes
  • Military branches
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Community health and recreation agencies
  • Retirement communities
  • Medical facilities

Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for the following licensures:

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential in the state of Illinois.
  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) credential in Illinois, upon completing all necessary post-graduate training. Students interested in applying for licensure elsewhere should work with their faculty advisors to plan their curriculum accordingly.
  • National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential, as well as sit for the National Counselor Examination (NCE) before graduation.
  • Graduates may also apply for provisional status as Certified Consultants through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (CC-AASP). We also offer graduates the opportunity to earn post-graduate sport psychology training to apply for full CC-AASP status.

Professional Development & Training

Gain the knowledge and tools to create healthier communities with small, collaborative classes and individualized mentorship. Through our network of hundreds of community partners, students get hands-on experience in the field and develop the core skills to empower athletes of all ages and backgrounds.

Unique to our institution is the Social Justice Practicum, a nonclinical experiential practicum completed by all Adler University students to cultivate the skills for becoming agents of social change. Through this training, students develop practical knowledge and understanding of what it means to engage with communities and be a socially responsible practitioner.

Students also complete extensive field training in a variety of clinical and sport/health settings. This includes a counseling practicum internship (100 hours), a counseling internship (600 hours), and a sport and health externship (300 hours), which enable students to work directly with athletes, teams, and coaches—and develop a professional identity in the field.

Cohort Learning, Format & Support

Our program is designed to be completed in two years of full-time study.

When you enroll, you join a cohort or group of students who will take classes together throughout the course of the program. This cohort model emphasizes collaboration, communication, connection, and camaraderie among students.

Our program environment is characterized by Adlerian encouragement, empathy, genuine care, and good will, with the expressed purpose of supporting the personal and professional growth of each of our students based on their interests and professional focus.

Upon graduation, you will become a member of the University’s Alumni Association, which along with our Office of Alumni Affairs, provides extensive ongoing networking and professional development opportunities.