PsyD, Master of Arts in Sport Psychology; Master of Arts in Sport Psychology-PsyD Linked Degree, Graduate Certificate in Exercise and Sport Psychology
For individuals interested in sport psychology and in working in a clinical setting and/or using clinical psychology skills in working with clients, John F. Kennedy University is pleased to offer an innovative program that enables individuals to work toward earning an MA in Sport Psychology and a PsyD degree concurrently. This program provides a unique opportunity to train to work with both clinical clients and athletes and prepare to apply the skills and knowledge developed from both the fields of sport and clinical psychology.
Both the Master of Arts in Sport Psychology and the PsyD offer the highest level of available training in applied sport and clinical psychology respectively. (Unlike a research-based Ph.D., the PsyD program is designed to produce practitioners, not researchers, while providing the same high level of scholarly study.) And the missions of the two programs are similar: both provide a strong foundation in counseling skills and train students to serve multicultural and diverse populations.
In the past, students could earn a Master's degree in two years and a Doctorate in Psychology in an additional four years. This innovative linked program allows completion of both degrees within five years of intensive, full-time study. (Part-time options are available.) Students earn their Master of Arts in Sport Psychology after their third year and they earn their PsyD after their fifth year. With both degrees graduates are able to use the title "Sport Psychologist" and apply for either Master's or Doctoral certification through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP). Graduates also earn eligibility to take the psychology licensing exam for the state of California.
JFK University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
International Student Requirements:
Proof of English proficiency, if native language is not English. English proficiency may be met by achieving the
• on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), 550 on the paper-based test, 213 on the computer-
based test, or 79-80 on the Internet-based version,
• with the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), a score of 6 with no band lower than 5.5,
• successful completion of JFK University’s English Language Program (ELP), or
• by other measures which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.