Center for Performance Psychology

Master of Arts in Performance Psychology

Faculty Advisor: Doug Barba * (760) 268-1588 *

The Master of Arts in Performance Psychology program focuses upon the intersection of performance psychology techniques, counseling, peak performance, and sport science. The coursework covers theory, research, and applied techniques across the fields of business, exercise physiology, the fine arts, military and combat psychology, and sport psychology.Coursework contributes to students’ academic requirements for certification by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), which is the premier sport, exercise and health psychology organization in North America offering sport psychology certification to its members.

By participating in practical and tailored hands-on learning experiences, graduates are able to apply their knowledge to settings including university and professional athletes, fine arts performance settings, corporate settings, children in school and community sports organizations, coaching, and teaching.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the means by which psychological factors influence performance.
  • Analyze empirical and theoretical research related to the major.
  • Apply theoretically sound performance enhancement assessments and techniques with individual performers and teams representing various competitive arenas.
  • Integrate theoretical perspectives from counseling and sport psychology and related fields into performance settings.
  • Apply counseling skills to working relationships with clients and athletes.
  • Apply ethical principles in a professional and culturally appropriate manner.


(14 courses; 63 quarter units)

To receive a Master of Arts in Performance Psychology degree, students must complete at least 54 quarter units. A total of 9 quarter units of graduate credit may be granted for equivalent graduate work completed at another institution, as it applies to this degree and provided the units were not used in earning another advanced degree. Students should refer to the section on graduate admission procedures for specific information on admission and evaluation.

Core Requirements
(14 courses; 63 quarter units)
PSY 602 Sport/Performance Psychology
HUB 601A Organizational Behavior
HUB 641 Stages of Adult Development
PSY 603 Performance Psy Alt Pops
PSY 614 Counseling in Performance Psy
PSY 613 Perfornamce Consulting Skills
Prerequisite: PSY 602, and PSY 603
HUB 650 Behavioral Research
HUB 642 Theories of Behavior Change
PSY 604 Performance Psy Corporate Pops
PSY 607 Ethics in Performance Psy
PSY 606 Motor Behavior
PSY 609 Psychopathology
PSY 639 Consulting Practice Dev.
PSY 615 Fieldwork