Overview

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 a unique master’s degree that offers dual training in mental health counseling and sport psychology—all with a focus on social justice.
  • Empower individuals to maximize health and well-being—and build healthier communities.
  • Earn your degree with a flexible plan of study.
  • Train with expert faculty and gain practical experience in small, collaborative classes.

Our Master of Arts in Counseling: Specialization in Sport and Health Psychology program prepares graduates to work with a range of clients who struggle with everything from chronic mental illness to achieving peak performance and utilizing the sport platform to promote social justice. This unique master’s degree provides students a comprehensive foundation in clinical mental health counseling as well as mental skills training that leads to psychological well-being and optimal performance allowing for a range of dynamic career paths.

With a rigorous curriculum and supervised clinical field experiences, we excel at preparing future clinicians for certification as National Certified Counselors (NCC), licensure in Illinois as Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC), and licensure of other states with appropriate advisement and adjustment to the curriculum. We offer specialized courses in sport psychology and externship opportunities to promote certification with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). Faculty members are active in their respective areas of expertise and engage with students to promote opportunities for professional development in the field as well as at state and national conferences.

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 will learn to treat clients with disordered eating; depression and anxiety disorders; substance abuse problems; obesity prevention and treatment; exercise promotion and adherence; and psychological skills training for optimal performance.

Adler University is a nationally recognized pioneer in graduate education, preparing socially responsible practitioners who advocate for underserved populations and build healthier communities.

Careers

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
  • Medical facilities
  • Mental health agencies
  • Retirement communities

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

  • Prior to graduation, students can take the National Counselor Examination (NCE) and apply for the National Certified Counselor (NCC)credential.
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credential in the state of Illinois upon passing the NCE and graduating. Students interested in applying for licensure in other states can consult with faculty to plan their curriculum accordingly.
  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) credential in Illinois, upon completing all necessary post-graduate training/hours.
  • Graduates may also apply for certification through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology upon completion of the required
    (400) hours.

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 clients and 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 (100 hours), a counseling internship (600 hours), and a sport and health externship which enables students to begin acquiring hours for certification by working directly with athletes, teams, and coaches—and develop a professional identity in the field.

Cohort Learning, Format, & Support

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 is designed to be flexible to meet the individual needs of 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.