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Master’s (M.S.) in Sport & Human Performance

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Program Overview

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Sport and Human Performance provides students with a comprehensive foundation in theories and methods of performance enhancement. This program promotes the best practices within the field of sport psychology, coupled with Adler University’s mission of socially responsible practice.

We offer specialized courses in sport psychology and externship opportunities to promote certification with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). Students will gain practical experience providing mental skills training to athletes under the mentorship of a Certified Mental Performance Consultant.

Graduates are prepared for careers in a wide range of settings, from youth and professional sports to government agencies and within private practices.

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      Student Outcomes

      Students have the opportunity to accumulate hours in various sport environments with athletes, teams, and coaches, and may spend 15 months at sites around the Chicago area to accumulate hours necessary for CMPC certification.

      Careers in Sport and Human Performance

      Graduates of the program go on to work in various settings including:

      • Youth sport academies and clubs
      • Professional sport organizations
      • Coaching
      • Military
      • Private practice
      Professional Development and Graduate Training

      Gain the knowledge and skills to create real change with small, collaborative classes taught by leading practitioners and scholars in the field of sport psychology. Our diverse faculty brings together classroom learning with individualized mentorship and hands-on professional experience.

      Students will have the opportunity to gain experience providing mental skills training in various sport environments with athletes, teams, and coaches. Students may spend 8-15 months at sites around the Chicago area to gain a wealth of knowledge and experience and accumulate hours necessary for CMPC certification.

      Graduate Spotlight

      Piotr Piasecki, graduate
      Master of Science in Sport and Human Performance

      Piotr Piasecki, and his classmates in the Master of Science in Sport and Human Performance program in Chicago, use their focus on sport and health psychology to advocate for social justice in the sport field. Piasecki shares his thoughts on the U.S. Women’s National Team’s fight for gender equality and equal pay.

      Read Piotr’s Story

      Dual Degree

      The Chicago campus of Adler University has developed dual degree programs to allow students the opportunity to pursue degrees in two different fields of study simultaneously. Dual degrees provide students the opportunity to combine two skill sets and increase networks and career opportunities. Students in dual degree programs may have a limited number of credit hours dually recognized toward the requirements of both degrees.

      M.S. Sport & Human Performance / M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling
      Adler University’s unique M.S. Sport & Human Performance / M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling dual degree 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 Dual Degree program 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.

      Certification

      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, regional, and national conferences.

      AASP Certification

      We offer specialized courses in sport psychology and externship opportunities to promote certification with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP).

      CMPC Credential

      Students can gain practical experience to count toward the Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) credential.

      Curriculum

      The Master of Science in Sport and Human Performance is a 38-credit hour program that requires the successful completion of the following:

      Find course descriptions and more information in the Adler University Course Catalog.

      Core Courses in Sport and Human Performance

      MSHP 539 - Introduction to Sport and Human Performance (3 cr.)

      This foundational course is designed to help students understand the origins and functions of the related fields of sport and human performance. It will include a historical analysis of the creation of sport psychology, tracing its roots to exercise science and cognitive-behavioral theory. Professional organizations focused on both areas will be discussed (e.g., Association for Applied Sport Psychology [AASP], U. S. Olympic Committee Sport Psychology & Mental Training Registry, American Psychological Association Division 47-Sport, Exercise & Performance Psychology).

      MSHP 560 – Motor Learning and Skill Acquisition (3 cr.)

      This course will provide a topical explanation and provide students the opportunity to apply principles of human movement behavior to acquisition and performance of skills, discussion of current research and methodology.

      MSHP 636 - Biopsychosocial Aspects of Human Behavior (3 cr.)

      The course objectives are to make the student aware of pertinent gross and microscopic human neuroanatomy, to build a foundational understanding of neurophysiology and the biology of the nerve, and to become familiar with a variety of behavioral issues as they relate to neurophysiology. Areas of emphasis will include attention, memory, knowledge, language, reasoning, problem solving, the cognitive bases of affect and consciousness, human learning, and theories of motivation.

      MSHP 645 - Contemporary Issues in Cultural Sport Psychology (3 cr.)

      This course examines the historical, social, and cultural factors influencing sport and physical activity. Pertinent cultural issues, theories, and research applications will be considered in the scholarly pursuit of knowledge and understanding of the sociological influences on sport, exercise, and physical activity.

      MSHP 652 - Advanced Techniques in Sport and Human Performance (3 cr.)

      Advanced Techniques is a course designed to provide opportunities for students to develop psychological interventions for performance enhancement. Students will engage in the scientist-practitioner model and begin to acquire and implement psychological skills training for athletes and performing populations such as goal-setting, visualization, positive and productive self-talk, confidence, and arousal management for optimal human performance development.

      COUN 532 - Professional, Legal, and Ethical Issues (3 cr.)

      This course provides a foundation for the ethical practice of professional counseling. It introduces students to the history of the counseling profession as well as professional roles (practitioner, supervisor, educator, etc.) and professional organizations.

      COUN 534 - Counseling Skills (3 cr.)

      This course teaches basic relationship and counseling skills using role-plays and other experiential activities. The course covers basic counseling skills (e.g., attending, active listening, building rapport), intake interviewing, and self-reflection/self-assessment procedures.

      COUN 535 - Diagnosis Maladaptive Behavior (3 cr.)

      This course provides an overview of the major disorders in the current edition of the DSM. A range of mental disorders from adjustment disorders to serious psychopathologies will be discussed.

      COUN 536 - Counseling Multicultural Communities (3 cr.)

      This course is designed to provide a basic foundation of knowledge, awareness, and skills needed for providing more effective counseling services in a multicultural society.

      COUN 540 - Group Counseling (3 cr.)

      This course introduces students to theory and principles of group dynamics as well as developmental stages of groups. In addition, group members’ roles and behaviors and therapeutic factors of group work will be discussed.

      COUN 625 - Research & Program Evaluation (3 cr.)

      This course is a master’s-level introduction to research methods and program evaluation as it pertains to the field of professional counseling. Major research designs including both quantitative and qualitative methods will be explored.

      Field Training and Seminars

      SJP 513 - Social Justice Practicum I (1 cr.)

      The Social Justice Practicum (SJP) is a first-year, nonclinical and non-discipline-specific experiential practicum that begins in the fall term. Students gain the knowledge, skills, and perspectives to utilize collective power and social justice strategies to build a more equitable society. The SJP is designed to help students learn how to work alongside different communities as agents of social change and serves as the catalyst for students to realize and understand their own strengths and responsibility to contribute to social equity.

      SJP 514 - Social Justice Practicum II (1 cr.)

      The Social Justice Practicum (SJP) is a first-year, nonclinical and non-discipline-specific experiential practicum that continues through the spring term. Students gain the knowledge, skills, and perspectives to utilize collective power and social justice strategies to build a more equitable society. The SJP is designed to help students learn how to work alongside different communities as agents of social change and serves as the catalyst for students to realize and understand their own strengths and responsibility to contribute to social equity.

      MSHP 681 - Sport and Human Performance Externship and Seminar I (1 cr.)

      Externship field placement includes delivery of mental performance services under the mentorship of a mental performance consultant who is certified by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. The field experience is paired with a seminar during which students receive feedback from a CMPC and may also include a peer consultation model to develop skills related to mental skills training and their professional development as practitioners.

      MSHP 683 - Sport and Human Performance Externship and Seminar II (1 cr.)

      Externship field placement includes delivery of mental skills training services under the mentorship of a mental performance consultant who is certified by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. The field experience is paired with a seminar during which students receive feedback from the CMPC and may also include a peer consultation model to develop skills related to mental skills training and their professional development as practitioners.

      MSHP 685 - Sport and Human Performance Externship and Seminar III (1 cr.)

      Externship field placement includes delivery of mental skills training services under the mentorship of a mental performance consultant who is certified by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology. The field experience is paired with a seminar during which students receive feedback from the CMPC and may also include a peer consultation model to develop skills related to mental skills training and their professional development as practitioners.

      MSHP 687 - Continuation in Sport Externship (0 cr.)

      Should students be able to acquire all 400 hours during their externship series, they need to register for MSHP 687: Continuation in Sport Externship in every and any semester for which they are still enrolled as a student at Adler University if they will continue working with athletes/coaches/performers as they are unable to apply for the CMPCO credential until their degree has been conferred.

      MSHP 689 – Sport and Human Performance Externship and Seminar IV (1 cr.)

      Students may register for MSHP 689: Sport and Human Performance Externship and Seminar IV in every and any semester for which they are still enrolled as a student at Adler University. This course is for those students who have completed their externship series (MSHP 681, MSHP 683, and MSHP 685) and are still accumulating hours toward certification as a mental performance consultant.

      Social Justice Practicum

      200-hour internship to give students real world experience

      A unique and proven program designed to give students real world experience throughout their time at Adler University, the Social Justice Practicum is a required 200-hour internship that spans four courses (or terms for online programs). Every student is given a number of civic-minded categories to choose from. They submit their desired areas of interest. After which, they are assigned a specific and aligned community outreach site where they will work 8 to 10 hours per week.

      Learn about Adler’s Social Justice Practicum

      Faculty Spotlight

      Teresa Fletcher, Ph.D.
      Program Director, Sport & Human Performance

      I am fortunate to have found the Sport and Health program. Adler University, as it incorporates the perfect combination of clinical mental health counseling and sport psychology. I have spent my life and career preparing for the opportunity to share my passion and unique combination of knowledge and experience to train and develop future clinicians and mental performance consultants.

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      Admissions Requirements

      Admissions requirements:

      • A baccalaureate degree earned from a regionally accredited college or university or an equivalent degree from an international college or university.
      • A recommended GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate and graduate coursework. Exceptions may be made for applicants who demonstrate outstanding academic performance or academic ability in other ways.
      • Approved applicants will be invited for an interview with faculty.

      Applicants are required to submit the following items to be considered for admission:

      • Application and application fee
      • Statement of Intent (2-3 pages, double-spaced) answering the following questions:
        • Why are you interested in your chosen field and program?
        • Why is Adler University’s program a good fit for you?
        • Adler University mission is based on social justice. Share your perspective of social justice.
        • What are your career goals and interests?
      • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
      • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate schools attended (U.S and Canada)
        • Please have official transcripts sent directly to the Office of Admissions
        • Unofficial transcripts may be accepted for any schools in which a degree was not
          received
        • International transcripts must be evaluated by a transcript evaluation service
      • Two letters of recommendation
        • These should be from someone who can specifically speak to your academic and professional abilities

      Approved applicants will be invited to complete an interview with faculty.


      Please submit all application materials including official transcripts to the Office of Admissions prior to the application deadline.

      Adler University – Office of Admissions
      17 N. Dearborn Street
      Chicago, IL 60602

      Official electronic transcripts should be sent to [email protected].

      Information for International Applicants

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