Sport and Performance Psychology, M.S.
The goal of the sport and performance consultant is to increase the quality of life of their client by helping them reach their performance and health goals.
The M.S. in Sport and Performance Psychology program trains students to apply psychological strategies to help clients improve physical performance and control. Students become academically prepared through a variety of biblically rooted courses in psychology and kinesiology, while also gaining hands-on experience through practicum placement and mentorship.
*Based on current academic year. Subject to change.
Why Earn a M.S. in Sport and Performance Psychology at CBU?
Gain real-world experience without leaving campus
This applied program has sport and performance psychology consultants on site that are involved in teaching and mentoring the students. In addition, the students will have the ability to work with student athletes and performers at CBU by interning at the Center for Sport and Performance Psychology (CSPP). This makes it easier for students to meet all of the requirements for certification (CMPC).
Conduct research with faculty
All students will be encouraged to be involved in the Sport, Performance and Exercise Psychology (SPEP) Research Lab. Students can participate in many studies such as (but not limited to) motivational factors in endurance sport, the relationship between anxiety and exercise, cortical suppression during exercise and flow states, and evaluation of sport and performance psychology consulting techniques.
Serve the community
Classes and program experiences are intentionally crafted to be comprehensive and hands on. Within four semesters, students will be prepared to be in the field, working with clients to improve their athletic performance and quality of life. Students will get the opportunity to be involved in community outreach programs, such as afterschool programs for children and bullying prevention.
What You'll Learn
- Graduating students will have a firm understanding of the cognitive, biological, and
social processes related to performance.
- Graduating students will have knowledge of the psychological techniques and consulting
skills used to improve performance and overcome personal barriers.
- Graduating students will have the ability to work effectively with a diverse group
of clients due to their firm understanding of ethical issues pertaining to the field
and the best practices to handle these issues.
- Students will understand how to interpret, critique, and conduct research in the field
of sport, exercise, and performance psychology.
- Students will understand how to view and apply concepts in sports and performance psychology through a Christian lens.
SPP 510: Advanced Sport and Performance Psychology
This course provides an in-depth application of psychological concepts to sports and performance. This is a hands-on course; students should expect to be involved in activities that require light to medium physical activity.
SPP 530: Team Building and Performance Enhancement Techniques
This course provides an in-depth approach to using performance enhancement techniques and troubleshooting issues that clients may be presenting to the consultant within a team or individual setting.
SPP 535: Psychology of Injury
This course covers a more in-depth approach to using the performance enhancement techniques and troubleshooting issues that clients may be presenting to the consultant with an injured athlete or client.
Professor of Sport and Performance Psychology
Director, The Center for Sport and Performance Psychology
Program Coordinator, BS in Sport and Performance Psychology / External Liaison for Community Engagement
Office Phone: 601-667-9706
Office Location: James 128
Associate Professor of Sport and Performance Psychology
Director, Sport and Performance Psychology Program
Office Phone: 951-343-4391
Office Location: James 136B
I use everything I learned at CBU every single day at my job. Whether I am creating a curriculum or working with an athlete individually, nearly everything I know about sport psychology is from CBU.
Bailey Thompson '21
Director of Personal Development, Dark Horse Athletics
Upon completing CBU’s M.S. in Sport and Performance Psychology program, graduates will be well prepared for careers in sport and performance psychology.
- Athletic Coach
- Athletic Director
- Drama Coach
- Independent Sport and Performance Psychology Consultant
- Dependent Sport and Performance Psychology Consultant
- Sport and Performance Psychology Professor