Sport and Health Psychology Overview
In the sports industry, issues such as eating disorders, ethical compromises, steroid and substance abuse problems, elitism, and exceedingly high expectations can sometimes negatively impact the health and well-being of athletes. In the Master of Arts in Counseling, Specialization in Sport and Health Psychology (MACSH) program, you’ll obtain a foundation in the theories and methods of counseling psychology related to maximizing clients’ health and sport performance. The program’s training will enable you to work in a variety of arenas, including obesity prevention and treatment, exercise promotion and adherence, prevention of select diseases, athlete performance enhancement, and more.
- A baccalaureate degree from a college or university regionally accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or an equivalent degree from an international college or university
- Grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate and graduate course work
- Completion of the following semester courses in psychology with grades of "C" or better: General or introductory psychology, abnormal psychology, and research methods or statistics. Equivalent coursework in other social sciences may also be considered.
- Experience in sports is desired, but not required
- Applicants who meet the admission standards will be invited for an interview with faculty
- Satisfactory completion of all credit hours, including all required courses
- Satisfactory completion of 700 minimum hours of counseling practicum
- Satisfactory completion of 400 hours of Sport and Health Psychology Practicum
- Satisfactory completion of at least 200 hours of community service practicum
- A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and no more than two grades or six credit hours of "C" or "C+"
- Successful completion of the MAC Comprehensive Examination
- Submission of graduation application and full payment of all outstanding tuition and fees.
- Faculty approval for graduation and recommendation to the Board of Trustees for the conferral of the Master of Arts in Counseling, Specialization in Sport and Health Psychology
Upon graduation, you’ll be eligible to sit for the Licensed Professional Counselor examination in Illinois. With additional supervised experience, you’ll be eligible to sit for the Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors examination in Illinois. In addition, you can apply for credentialing in sport psychology as a provisional Certified Consultant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. With additional supervised experience, graduates will be eligible to become fully certified by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (CC-AASP).