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Graduate School of Professional Psychology
Sport Coaching

Sport Psychology & Coaching

The Master of Arts in Sport Coaching (MASC) curriculum offers a balanced and interdisciplinary approach to enhance coach and athlete performance. From biology to biomechanics and sociology to psychology, we prepare our student-coaches to develop and implement real-life problem solving strategies.

As our program is housed in the Graduate School of Professional Psychology, and our courses are taught by sport psychology scholar-coaches, our student-coaches benefit from our expertise on understanding issues such as motivation, imagery, energy and arousal management, stress and coping, goal setting, team cohesion, leadership, identity, diversity, and mindfulness.

Many of our courses use case studies and real life or life-like scenarios to enhance students' professional judgment. MASC professors engage students with discussions on why coaches and athletes do what they do, what positive and negative effects occur in practice, and we talk a step back to reflect and develop new and multiple interpretations of human behavior and meaning making.

If you're interested in learning how to use sport psychology to enhance your critical thinking skills and enhance performance, then you've found the right program!

Related Coursework

  • Psychology of Athletic Performance (CPSY 4720)
  • Sociocultural Aspects of Sport Coaching (CPSY 4705)
  • Philosophy, Leadership, and Legal Issues of Sport (CPSY 4725)
  • Social Psychology of the Body, Health and Performance (CPSY 4722)
  • Sport Psychology Independent Study (CPSY 4991)

Work with a Mental Skills Consultant

While enrolled in the Practicum in Coaching course, students are paired 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 current student Mike Farrell (S&C Grad Assistant for UCLA Football) has to say about working with our consultants throughout the Practicum course.

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

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.


This four-course sequence is designed to be completed within one academic year:

  • Psychology of Athletic Performance (4) 
  • Sociocultural Aspects of Sport Coaching (4)
  • Philosophy and Ethics of Sport Coaching (4) 
  • Motor Learning and Sport Pedagogy (2) 


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. 

Contact the Sport Coaching program manager [email protected] for more information.