Online Bachelor of Science in Counseling and Applied Psychological Science – Sports and Performance Counseling

Are you curious about the psychological challenges elite athletes face after suffering from a major injury or retiring from their sport? Do you want to understand why people are captivated by sports and how they bring people together? Pursue a Bachelor of Science in counseling and applied psychological science with a concentration in sports and performance counseling to explore these questions and more.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 05/16/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 40

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 120

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What you’ll learn in a sports and performance counseling degree concentration

This program provides context for understanding human behavior and achieving peak performance in domains, such as sports, exercise and competition. You’ll develop practical skills for enhancing performance and well-being in yourself and others, whether you’re an athlete, coach, parent or simply interested in the intersection between psychology and sports.

In your courses, you’ll learn about a variety of topics in psychology from the lens of sports and counseling performance, including:

  • Anxiety and stress management.
  • Counseling theories and techniques.
  • Foundations in sport psychology.
  • Human development across the lifespan.
  • Motivation and confidence in athletes.
  • Multicultural research, theory and practice.
  • Performance enhancement.
  • Psychological factors of injury and rehabilitation.
  • Team dynamics.

What fields can I go into after graduating from this program?

 

The knowledge you’ll gain in this sports and performance counseling degree concentration are applicable to fields in sports and beyond. The military, health and wellness, K-12 coaching, performance arts and emergency services are examples of industries that require mental preparation and resilience for success.

Additionally, the psychological dynamics at play in sports are also relevant to wellness within organizations and the workplace. From increasing motivation to perform at optimal levels to reducing stress in high-pressure situations, you can apply sports counseling techniques to roles in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

Can I become a sports psychologist with this degree?

 

No. This degree doesn’t lead directly to a career as a sport psychologist or any profession that requires graduate education and professional licensure to practice. However, as a graduate, you’ll be equipped for advanced studies in a variety of areas, such as sports psychology, kinesiology, athletics and physical therapy.

Will my diploma say ‘online’?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.”

Sports and performance psychology and counseling courses

Courses in this concentration cover topics ranging from how participation in sport and physical activity affects psychological development and mental well-being to using psychological science to improve performance. You’ll also explore the mental and emotional aspects of sports performance, including motivation, confidence, anxiety and focus.

To culminate the program, you’ll complete a required internship in a sport or mental health setting. This gives you practical opportunities to apply what you learn in class and prepare you to take the next step in your career.

Courses may include:


CAP 221: Introduction to Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology (SOBE OR SB)


CAP 222: Mental Performance


CAP 323: Psychology of Coaching


CAP 325: Professional Practice and Ethics in Counseling


CAP 340: Multicultural Counseling Theory and Practice


CAP 345: Social Issues in Counseling and Psychology


CAP 220: Self in a Multicultural Society (SOBE OR C)


CAP 240: Counseling Skills


Sports and more: The performance counseling jobs you’ll be prepared for

A sports and performance counseling degree concentration can enhance your career opportunities in the sport industry, such as K-12 coaching, personal training and wellness coaching. You can also apply your interpersonal, leadership, research and communication skills across roles in nearly every industry. Potential career paths include, but aren’t limited to:

Behavioral Health Specialist


Growth: 6.6 %
Salary: $61,420

Community Health Worker


Growth: 14.1 %
Salary: $46,190

Counselor (General)


Growth: 17.2 %
Salary: $43,390

Mental Health Counselor


Growth: 18.4 %
Salary: $49,710

Rehabilitation Counselor


Growth: 1.9 %
Salary: $39,990

Learn from top faculty and researchers in sports and performance counseling

Faculty in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts are deeply committed to exploration in their fields of work. Many of our faculty and staff are recognized both nationally and internationally for their achievements.

  • American Educational Research Association fellows.
  • American Psychological Association fellows.
  • Fulbright scholars.
  • Numerous achievement awards in fields from psychology to writing.

Learn from top faculty and researchers in sports and performance counseling

Faculty in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts are deeply committed to exploration in their fields of work. Many of our faculty and staff are recognized both nationally and internationally for their achievements.

  • American Educational Research Association fellows.
  • American Psychological Association fellows.
  • Fulbright scholars.
  • Numerous achievement awards in fields from psychology to writing.

How to apply

I am a future

You’re considered a first-year student for application purposes if you’ve never attended college or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours.

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Competency requirements

Additional admission requirements

High school equivalency

Homeschool

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain general admission to most online programs at ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if Earned Admission is right for you.

*Some programs may have higher admission requirements. You must meet all program requirements to be admitted.

Study at a globally recognized university

ASU is a global university recognized for its commitment to innovation, research and high-quality academic programs. Our university has been recognized with peer-reviewed honors from U.S. News & World Report.

#1


in innovation for 9 consecutive years, ahead of Stanford and MIT.

Top 5


best online bachelor’s programs.

Top 10%


best global universities.

80%


of graduates reported their experiences at ASU inspired them to explore new career opportunities.

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Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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