Sport Psychology

Sport Psychology Online Graduate Certificate

About Sports Psychology

Learn an all-inclusive approach to recovery through our online graduate certificate.

Study sport psychology at California University of Pennsylvania to bring a new dimension of practice behavior to your coaching and training to keep athletes healthy and ready to compete.

Earn your certificate in sport psychology in as little as 10 months. Cal U's 100% online certificate program is designed for those with a graduate degree in a related field such as exercise science, psychology, physical education, nursing, teaching or athletic training.

The sport psychology certificate is part of Cal U's exercise science and health promotion program, ranked #15 in 2017 Top Online Colleges for Exercise Science Degree, according to

Develop a strong knowledge base.

Sport psychology courses are designed for health and fitness professionals, personal trainers, educators, military professionals, coaches and others to gain solid knowledge about the psychological aspects of sport injury. Students also: 

  • Study the effects of injury, rehabilitation and recovery.
  • Explore performance enhancement and intervention methods.
  • Learn how to incorporate referrals in their practice.


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Cal U is one of the best accredited online programs to prepare students for careers. ranks Cal U among the top 8 online sports psychology degree programs in 2016.

Sport psychology offers in-depth study to examine the psychological aspects of sport injuries and rehabilitation; understand psychological perspectives in sport performance enhancement and intervention; and explore the latest research. 

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Fully online programs at Cal U fit all work and life schedules, offering effective learning and the chance to build a professional network with new classmates and future colleagues. 
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The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says jobs for fitness workers are expected to increase 13% over the next decade due to more demand for employee health and fitness benefits. 
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Certificate Benefits

Sport psychology at Cal U can assist a range of professionals who want to learn psychological perspectives about injury to enhance practice behavior and provide an all-inclusive approach to recovery. Certificate program courses enable healthcare professionals and others to:

  • Explore special topics in sport psychology.
  • Examine the psychological aspects of sport injury and rehabilitation.
  • Study psychological perspectives in sport enhancement and intervention.
  • Do research in sport psychology.
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Graduate Outcomes

Cal U's certificate and degree programs focusing on sport psychology enable students to study the onset, experience and treatment of athletic injuries from a psychological perspective, and build skillsets for work in various types of positions and sectors:

  • Personal trainers.
  • Educators.
  • Military professionals.
  • Coaches.
  • Healthcare professionals.

Read more about gainful employment opportunities.

Sport Psychology - Graduate Certificate

On Campus

The American Psychological Association recognizes the field of sport psychology. Career opportunities are strong: For instance, at least 20 NCAA Division I universities have a sport psychologist on staff. Many other schools contract with a sport psychologist.


Degree Options

Cal U offers a master's degree program in exercise science and health promotion with a concentration in sport psychology. Students also can choose a dual concentration to study sport psychology with one of these four areas: rehabilitation science, wellness and fitness, performance enhancement and injury prevention, or wellness coaching. Dual concentrations can be completed in as little as 18 months.

Online Student

Global Interest

Cal U's exercise science degree program attracts students from every state and more than 20 countries. Full-time military personnel also enroll in Cal U's 100% online degree program and receive the military tuition discount to support their educational goals.

Sport Psychology Graduate Certificate Courses

Sport psychology certificate students complete four courses in this 12-credit program, which is offered through Cal U's exercise science and health promotion discipline.

Course Examples
  • Special Topics in Sport Psychology
  • Psychological Aspects of Sport Injury and Rehabilitation
  • Psychological Perspectives in Sport Performance Enhancement and Intervention
  • Research in Sport Psychology

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Exercise Science and Health Promotions (M.S.)

Dual Concentrations
Post Bachelor's Certificates
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • Certified Specialist in Speed and Explosion
  • Certified Wellcoach


Sport Psychology Faculty

Dr. Carol Biddington

Dr. William B. Biddington
Professor; Interim Dean, School of Graduate Studies and Research

Dr. Joni L. Cramer Roh

Dr. Marc S. Federico

Dr. Jeffrey R. Hatton
Associate Professor

Dr. Rebecca A. Hess

Christina Lombardo

Dr. Barry E. McGlumphy

Dr. Linda Platt Meyer

Dr. Benjamin Reuter
Associate Professor

Dr. Christine Romani-Ruby

Dr. Ronald Wagner
Associate Professor

Dr. Ellen J. West
Associate Professor

Dr. Tom West