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Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology Specialization in Sport Psychology

This program is designed to prepare practitioners to work with athletes in their professional and personal lives. Students are trained in a variety of Sport Psychology approaches and techniques that prepare them to consult with athletes and athletic organizations.


A Master of Arts in Psychology, Physical Education or a related field, and 30 units of graduate level psychology courses and 25 units of Sport Counseling courses, including the following courses.


The Doctor of Philosophy degree requires the completion of 85 to 105 (licensing tract) quarter units at the graduate level. Students will complete the core Psychology
requirements (50 units) and the core Sport Psychology requirements (20 units) and select 5 additional units from the Sport Psychology curriculum and/or other University curricula. Students are required to write a Dissertation (10 units, including an Oral Qualifying Exam and Final Oral defense), and complete 60 hours of personal counseling. Successful passage of the Doctoral Comprehensive Exam is also required.

Course titles that satisfy degree requirements:
Graduate Prerequisite Psychology Course Requirements (30 units)
Course Units
CPS 601 Counseling Theories & 5
CPS 603 Developmental Psychology 5
CPS 604 Introduction to Psychological 5
CPS 605 Clinical Counseling Skills 5
CPS 610 Psychopathology 5
CPS 611 Advanced Clinical Skills 5
CPS 615 Cross-Cultural Counseling 5
Graduate Prerequisite Sport Psychology Course Requirements (25 units)
Course Units
SPO 600 Sport Psychology Business 5
SPO 651 Introduction to Sport 5

Graduate Core Psychology Course Requirements (50 units)
Course Units
CPS 501 Writing Skills & Research 5
CPS 617A Assessment & Treatment 2.5
of Child Abuse
CPS 617B Assessment & Treatment 2.5
of Partner Abuse
CPS 691 Behavioral Statistics I 5
CPS 693 Social Psychology 5
CPS 702 Group Therapy: 5
Theory & Practice
CPS 704 Psychopharmacology 5
CPS 705 Advanced Research Methods 5
CPS 706 Physiological Psychology 5
CPS 710 Assessment A: Intelligence 5 Testing
CPS 711 Assessment B: Personality/ 5
Objective Testing
Graduate Sport Psychology Course Requirements (20 units)
Course Units
SPO 754 Nutrition & Lifestyle 5
Management SPO 765 Sport Counseling Practicum I 5
SPO 766 Psychology of Coaching 5
SPO 767 Advanced Sport Psychology 5
Intervention Techniques
Graduate Sport Psychology Course Elective (5 units)
Course Units
SPO 751 Seminar in Sport Psychology 5
SPO 769 Selected Topics in Sport 5

Dissertation (10 units)
Course Units
SPO 800 Dissertation/Project 5
Writing I
SPO 801 Dissertation/Project 5
Writing II
Students working on their Dissertation, Master’s Thesis, or Senior Project must be registered for the respective course every quarter until the project has been completed. The Dissertation, Master’s Thesis, or Senior Project is complete when the student has successfully passed the oral examination where applicable. The final approval forms have been signed by the project chairperson and SDUIS Director of Research.
Required Total Units: 85
Additional Psychology Licensing Requirements (20 units)
Course Unit
CPS 612 Legal & Ethical Issues in 5
CPS 613 Human Sexuality & Gender 5
CPS 614 Theories, Therapies & Issues 5
In Chemical Dependency
CPS 724 Supervised Practicum A 5
Required Total Units: 105
(Licensing Tract)

1) All residential courses, other than
independent study, are taught in a classroom setting. Each instructor provides students with a syllabus that contains an outline of the course objectives, the course content, student performance expectations, textbooks and related study materials, and evaluation methods used for grading purposes.

2) Courses are traditionally taught in lecture style with group discussions, student presentations and written assignments.
3) Instructional methods also include research projects and experiential components such as internship and practicum requirements. Faculty provide individualized academic advising as needed and encourage ongoing student dialogue in class and online. Upon completion of the core curriculum, students become involved in their capstone research project, the Doctoral Dissertation. Students are required to complete sixty (60) clock hours of personal counseling provided by a licensed therapist approved by the University. Grading criteria are presented to students in the course syllabus provided at the beginning of class. The University’s grading policy is designed to meet the highest professional standards of objectivity, fairness, and accuracy.
4) Independent study courses are an in-depth study of a topic and directed by SDUIS faculty or an equally qualified mentor who is approved by the Chief Academic Officer.
5) Student learning performance outcome evaluations include essay and objective examinations, research, reports, and experimental activities.
Distance Education
1) The Doctoral Degree program in Sport Psychology is also offered through distance education. Direct education is delivered to students via e-mail. Students submit their assignments to the instructor and class weekly. The instructor reviews the work and prepares a feedback to be sent to the students and class weekly.
sent to the students and class weekly.

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• Stop all enrollment in its degree programs, and
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