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Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Sport Coaching

Psychology of Coaching - Specialized Certificate (online)

The demand for quality, well-rounded coaches and strength coaches continues to grow each year. Sport leaders need to understand how to motivate and lead athletes, teach technical, tactical, physical, and mental skills, and navigate complex environments with varying stakeholders. Our pioneering 16-credit specialized graduate certificate in the Psychology of Coaching prepares students for these responsibilities. Our college specializes in the psychological and sociological aspects of sport and athletic performance, delivering novel practical tools and a unique experience to our student-coaches. The specialized graduate certificate complements students who have a strong background in exercise science or kinesiology, and extends the education of those looking to understand the relational and cultural aspects of people in sport.

If you're interested in learning more about the psychological and sociological aspects of coaching, then you've found the right program!


Students complete a minimum of 10 credit hours from the following coursework:

  • CPSY 4720 Psychology of Athletic Performance (4)
  • CPSY 4705 Sociocultural Aspects of Sport Coaching (4)
  • CPSY 4725 Philosophy and Ethics of Sport Coaching (4) 
  • CPSY 4710 Motor Learning and Sport Pedagogy (4)
  • CPSY 4722 Social Psychology of the Body, Health and Performance (2)

Students choose from the following elective coursework to complete remaining credit hours to reach a total of 16 credit hours: 

  • CPSY 4635 Athletic and Performance Nutrition (2) 
  • CPSY 4610 Exercise Physiology (2) 
  • CPSY 4620 Kinesiology (2) 
  • CPSY 4715 Strength and Conditioning and Injury Prevention Program Design (4) 
  • CPSY 4700 Organization and Administration of Sport (4) 
  • CPSY 4991 Sport Psychology Independent Study (1-2) 
  • CPSY 4740 Practicum in Sport Coaching (1-2)

Work with a Mental Skills Consultant

While enrolled in the Practicum in Coaching course, students have the option of working with a Mental Skills Consultant (MSC) or sport psychologist. Our consultants are all graduates of the distinguished MA Sport and Performance Psychology program here at GSPP, and all have relevant coaching and athletic experience. Students "meet" virtually with their consultant for one hour per week throughout the Practicum course.

Mental Skills Consultants provide an extraordinary opportunity for additional growth, as students benefit from their knowledge and experience in working with athletes and coaches of all backgrounds.

Hear what alum Mike Farrell (S&C Coach, University of Tennessee-Football) has to say about working with our consultants throughout the Practicum course while working with UCLA football.

Please contact us to learn more about this valuable component of the Sport Coaching program.


1. Complete the online application

2. Submit Transcripts 

Submit an official transcript from every previously attended college or university. Transcripts should be mailed directly from your university to the Office of Graduate Education:

Office of Graduate Education
2199 S University Blvd., Mary Reed, Room 5
Denver, CO 80208

3. Submit a Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Applicants submit a resume or CV detailing all relevant athletic, coaching, and administrative experience. 

4. Admission Deadlines

  • Spring 2020 Quarter Deadline: February 17, 2020
  • Summer 2020 Quarter Deadline: May 4, 2020
  • Fall 2020 Quarter Deadline: August 3, 2020
  • Winter 2021 Quarter Deadline: November 23, 2020

Contact the Admissions Coordinator at [email protected] for more information.