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Chicago | Master of Science

Sport & Human Performance

Program Overview

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 emphasis on 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 can gain practical experience to be eligible for the Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) credential upon graduation.

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

Curriculum

Curriculum

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

Core Coursework
  • Professional, Legal, & Ethical Issues
  • Counseling Skills
  • Group Counseling
  • Diagnosis of Maladaptive Behavior
  • Counseling Multicultural Communities
  • Research & Program Evaluation
  • Introduction to Sport & Human Performance
  • Biopsychosocial Aspects of Human Performance
  • Contemporary Issues in Sport & Human Performance
  • Advanced Techniques in Sport & Human Performance
  • Special Topics in Sport & Human Performance (Elective)
Field Experiences
  • Social Justice Practicum I
  • Social Justice Practicum II
  • Sports Externship I
  • Sports Externship II
  • Sports Externship III

Find course descriptions and more information in the Adler University course catalog here.

Social Justice Practicum

Social Justice Practicum

Doing is learning. 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.

Student Outcomes

Student Outcomes

Careers
  • Youth sport academies & clubs
  • Professional sport organizations
  • Coaching
  • NCAA Division I, I, and III athletic departments
  • Military and TRICARE system
  • Government agencies
  • Private practice
Professional Development & 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 accumulate 400 hours in various sport environments with athletes, teams, and coaches. Students may spend up to 15 months at sites around the Chicago area to gain a wealth of knowledge and experience and accumulate hours necessary for CMPC certification.

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?
    • 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 to the Office of Admissions prior to the application deadline.

Official transcripts should be sent to:

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

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

 

For more information for International Applicants, click here.

Licensure

Licensure

We offer specialized courses in sport psychology and externship opportunities to promote certification with the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). Students can gain practical experience to be eligible for the Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC) credential once they complete this program. 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.

Dual Degree

Dual Degree

M.S. Sport & Human Performance / M.A. Rehabilitation Counseling
Stand out in the job market with a unique dual degree that offers training in rehabilitation counseling and sport psychology—all with a focus on social justice. Our Master of Arts in Counseling: Specialization in Rehabilitation Counseling program prepares clinicians to improve quality of life for individuals who face physical, developmental, and emotional challenges. Trained to confront systemic barriers and increase opportunities for inclusion, our graduates are well-equipped to empower populations such as the elderly, veterans, and people with disabilities in a wide range of settings.

Our innovative program is also accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP), which recognizes programs that meet or exceed the highest standards for counselor preparation. With a comprehensive theoretical curriculum and supervised clinical field experiences, we excel at preparing clinicians for the Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) examination and careers in counseling, case management, and advocacy.

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.

Chicago Campus

Located in the heart of the city, the Adler Chicago campus was designed to provide and inspire the learning and living experience. To that end, we have created an environment that caters to your mental, emotional and intellectual growth. Our classrooms are bright and spacious with windows to the outside world. Our technology is the very latest and best. In our Library, you will find every resource you need to research, form and shape your journey. At Adler, we have made it our mission to create a space with more than enough room to share your thoughts and flex your intellect.

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