2017-2018 Argosy University Academic Catalog—Graduate Programs | Volume 8, Issue 1
Master of Arts in Sport-Exercise Psychology Degree Program (48 Credit Hours)
Argosy University, Atlanta
The Master of Arts (MA) in Sport-Exercise Psychology degree program is designed to educate and train students to function as capable and ethical performance enhancement specialists. This two-year degree is intended to meet the needs of students seeking employment in a variety of settings, including private practice, athletic departments, coaching, exercise/ health, and education, as well as those who will ultimately pursue a doctorate degree. The goals of the program include developing student competencies in the following areas: theoretical foundations, helping relationships, individual and group skills, normal and abnormal behavior, sport sciences, research and evaluation, diversity, and professional identity.
Based on the educational requirements outlined by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), the curriculum is designed to provide students with a foundation in applied sport psychology, an understanding of normal and abnormal psychological functioning, and a knowledge base in the physiological, motor, and psychosocial aspects of sport behavior. Graduates of the MA in Sport-Exercise Psychology degree program are eligible to apply for “provisional status” as a Certified Consultant, AASP.
Program Learning Outcomes
Program Learning Outcome One: Theoretical Foundations
a. Apply core theory and research as a foundation for practice in sport-exercise psychology.
b. Identify and examine psychopathology related to developmental stages in sport-exercise settings.
Program Learning Outcome Two: Assessment and Intervention Skills
a. Assess and conceptualize case material and plan and implement interventions to individuals and groups in sport-exercise settings.
Program Learning Outcome Three: Professional Identity
a. Establish and maintain effective and ethical relationships in professional settings.
b. Value and demonstrate attitudes essential for continual learning and scholarly inquiry.
Program Learning Outcome Four: Research and Evaluation
a. Evaluate research and apply scientific methodology to analysis of case material.
Program Learning Outcome Five: Diversity
a. Comprehend, value, and apply principles of human diversity in professional sport-exercise settings.
In addition to the requirements listed below, the Admissions Committee also takes into consideration the qualities essential to becoming an effective applied sport psychology professional. Material is also required which will help to determine the individual’s personal integrity, maturity, interpersonal skills, and ability to communicate. Required materials include:
- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, a nationally accredited institution approved and documented by the faculty and dean of the College of Counseling, Psychology and Social Sciences, or an appropriately certified foreign institution.
- A grade point average (GPA) on a scale of 4.0 as described below. Additional requirements may apply.
- 2.7 for the bachelor’s degree, or
- 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) for the last 60 hours of coursework (including graduate work), or
- Between 2.0 and 2.7 for the bachelor’s degree. Students seeking admission with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.7 will be required to submit a personal/professional goal statement with a self-appraisal of qualifications for the profession, current résumé (or career summary), one completed letter from a current employer, and evidence of completing one undergraduate introductory psychology course with a grade of “C” or better. Students admitted with a GPA between 2.0 and 2.7 must enroll in W5096 - Academic Writing within the first 15 week semester and pass within the first 30 weeks. Admission between 2.0 and 2.7 must be approved by the department chair and must be justified, documented, signed, placed, and retained in the student’s academic file.
- Between 2.0 and 2.4 for the bachelor’s degree. Students are also required to submit three academic or professional letters of recommendation (one from an employer).
- A minimum score on an Argosy University pre-approved English language proficiency test is required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction as specified in Section Five, Admission Policies, “English Language Proficiency Policy .”
All applications for admission must be submitted to the Admissions Department. An admissions representative is available to help interested applicants complete the following required documentation:
- Completed Application for Admission Form.
- Personal/professional goal statement with a self-appraisal of qualifications for the profession.
- If the basis of admission is an earned bachelor’s degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher (on a scale of 4.0), an official transcript from the degree granting institution.
- If the basis of admission is a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0) for the last 60 hours of coursework, official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended during the 60 hours of study.
Applications to Multiple Campuses
Applicants who are undecided with respect to the location they wish to attend should submit an application and full set of application materials to their location of first choice. Applicants who are accepted into their location of first choice and who, prior to beginning the program, determine they want to complete the same program at a different location, should notify the initial location of record of that intent. Provided that the same program is available, all previous approvals and credit hours accepted will remain in force. If an individual requests to change programs, he or she will need to meet all admission requirements of the new program.
To be eligible for graduation, students will be responsible for completing the program requirements that are in effect at the time of admission. Argosy University retains the right to modify these requirements in accordance with the demands of the profession. Students enrolled in the MA in Sport-Exercise Psychology degree program are eligible for graduation when the following requirements are met:
- Successful completion of 48 credit hours, which must be completed by the end of the fifth year of matriculation. The total credit hours must include:
- 39 credit hours of required coursework
- 3 credit hours of elective coursework
- 6 credit hours of practicum and practicum seminar
- Successful completion of the Sport Psychology Competency Evaluation.
- GPA of at least 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0), and a grade of “B-” or better in all required courses.
- Completion of all degree requirements within a maximum time frame of five years.
- A completed Petition to Graduate submitted to campus administration.
Students are expected to demonstrate competence in professional writing using APA style. Student writing is assessed to evaluate clarity, organization and style. Some students may be required to complete a writing course or tutorial during the program.
Students admitted into the MA in Sport-Exercise Psychology degree program are responsible for completing the program requirements that are in effect at the time of their admission. In addition to the credit hour requirements outlined below, students must also complete Professionalization Group and the Sport Psychology Competency Evaluation. Students enrolled in the MA in Sport-Exercise degree program are required to satisfactorily complete 48 credit hours, distributed as follows: basic interventions in counseling requirements, 6 credit hours; cognitive bases of behavior requirement, 3 credit hours; elective requirement, 3 credit hours; individual behavior requirement, 3 credit hours; motor bases of sport requirement, 3 credit hours; physiological bases of sport requirement, 3 credit hours; professional ethics and standards requirement, 3 credit hours; psychopathology requirement, 3 credit hours; research design and statistics requirement, 3 credit hours; social bases of behavior requirement, 3 credit hours; sport psychology course requirements, 9 credit hours; and supervised applied sport psychology practicum requirements, 6 credit hours.
Basic Interventions in Counseling Requirements —Students Are Required to Take the Following
Basic Interventions in Counseling Requirements — 6 Credit Hours
Cognitive Bases of Behavior Requirement—Students Are Required to Take the Following
Cognitive Bases of Behavior Requirement — 3 Credit Hours
Elective Requirement — Students are Required to Choose Three (3) Credit Hours from the Following
Elective Requirement — 3 Credit Hours
* Students may elect to complete three 1-credit hour seminars in Sport Psychology Consulting (SP7561 , SP7562 , and SP7563 ) over the course of the degree program to fulfill this requirement.
Individual Behavior Requirement — Students Are Required to Take the Following
Individual Behavior Requirement — 3 Credit Hours
Motor Bases of Sport Requirement — Students Are Required to Take the Following
Motor Bases of Sport Requirement — 3 Credit Hours
Physiological Bases of Sport Requirement —Students Are Required to Take the Following
Physiological Bases of Sport Requirement — 3 Credit Hours
Professional Ethics and Standards Requirement —Students Are Required to Take the Following
Professional Ethics and Standards Requirement — 3 Credit Hours
Psychopathology Requirement — Students Are Required to Take the Following
Psychopathology Requirement — 3 Credit Hours
Research Design and Statistics Requirement —Students Are Required to Take the Following
Research Design and Statistics Requirement — 3 Credit Hours
Social Bases of Behavior Requirement —Students Are Required to Take the Following
Social Bases of Behavior Requirement — 3 Credit Hours
Sport Psychology Course Requirements—Students Are Required to Take the Following
Sport Psychology Course Requirements— 9 Credit Hours
Supervised Applied Sport Psychology Practicum Requirements — Students Are Required to Take the Following
Supervised Applied Sport Psychology Practicum Requirements — 6 Credit Hours
Practicum and Practicum Seminar Requirements
The practicum is designed to provide opportunities for students to gain applied sport-exercise psychology training and experience. The practicum allows students to work under supervision with an athletic and/or performance population. The goal of the practicum is to correlate the student’s field experience with attained levels of academic experience. This training includes direct observation of athletes/performers, assessments of mental skills, and intervention planning and implementation with individuals and/or groups.
Students are placed in a practicum and practicum seminar during their second year of study. Each practicum requires a minimum of 400 hours of applied sport-exercise psychology training over two semesters. The practicum carries 3 credit hours per semester, or 6 credit hours per academic year. At times, a practicum may require a student to provide services outside of the regular year (e.g., during the summer just prior to the start of the fall semester). In addition to being enrolled in practicum, students attend a practicum seminar led by a faculty member. A practicum may not be done in a student’s place of employment, nor are practicum requirements waived.
All students placed on practicum are covered by professional liability insurance, purchased through the school. This coverage is mandatory even if the student is otherwise insured. Payment for insurance coverage is made through the Student Services Department at the time of practicum registration. Please see Appendix III, Tuition and Fee Schedule for specific fees.
Students must demonstrate the readiness to assume a professional role and interact appropriately with clients. Personal adjustment issues, interpersonal difficulties, poor communications skills, or other behavioral problems may reflect on a student’s ability to interact with clients in a competent and ethical manner. Students on probation are not eligible to make application to practicum or begin practicum. Students placed on probation during practicum must petition the department chair of the Sport-Exercise Psychology program regarding their eligibility to continue practicum.
All students who enter the practicum application process must be in good academic standing, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a scale of 4.0), and have completed the academic planning which will allow for the following practicum prerequisite courses to be successfully completed prior to the beginning of the practicum:
All students enrolled in the practicum must also attend the practicum seminar. The practicum seminar allows the student to reflect on various practicum experiences and to acquire additional skills and attitudes in useful field training. The content reflects coursework and addresses issues that a student may encounter during the practicum experience.
The list of current and past practicum sites at Argosy University includes local area high school athletic departments, college athletic teams, sports medicine facilities, professional sports organizations, youth sport organizations, and private sport psychology consulting practices. Every attempt will be made to match students with practicum settings that are consistent with their professional goals. Practicum sites are subject to the approval of the department chair.
Evaluation of student progress in field training focuses on three areas: theoretical knowledge base, applied sport-exercise psychology skills, and professional attitudes. Student progress in practicum training is evaluated through the use of Site Supervisor Evaluation Forms which are completed by the primary supervisor and appropriate practicum site personnel (e.g., head coach) each semester. It is expected that the primary supervisors review these written Site Supervisor Evaluation Forms with the student and provide direct feedback regarding the student’s strengths and weaknesses. Based upon the supervisor and site evaluations, a grade of “Credit” or “No Credit” for the practicum and the practicum seminar is assigned.
Sport-Exercise Psychology Competency Evaluation (SPCE) Requirements
The Sport-Exercise Psychology Competency Evaluation (SPCE) is an assessment of a student’s proficiency in applied sport-exercise psychology. This evaluation takes place at or near the completion of their practicum experience. The purpose of the SPCE is to assess students’ growth and development of consulting competency in applied sport-exercise psychology in accordance with the standards of Argosy University and to ensure student acquisition of appropriate skills for applied sport-exercise psychology practice. The SPCE assesses competencies in assessment, case formulation, and intervention planning and implementation. As a prerequisite for submitting the written report, the student must be in good academic standing and enrolled in or have completed the practicum seminars. Students are expected to demonstrate their conceptual abilities, theoretical knowledge, and applied sport-exercise psychology skills obtained through coursework and practicum experience. For further information regarding the requirements of the SPCE, students should refer to the SPCE Manual.
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