Center for Performance Psychology

Linked MA in Sport Psychology-Clinical PsyD

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 links the MA in Sport Psychology with the Clinical Doctorate program, the PsyD. 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 of Applied Sport Psychology (AAASP). Graduates also earn eligibility to take the psychology licensing exam for the state of California.


The full-time student starts in the Sport Psychology program for the first year and then moves into the PsyD program for the following four years. Once in the PsyD program, the linked student fulfills all the same curricular and training requirements asked of all PsyD students.

The MA component of the linked program consists of 42 units in the Sport Psychology program and 35 units in the PsyD program (completed during the first two years of the PsyD program, i.e., years two and three of full-time study). Upon successful completion of these 77 units and the Master’s Written and Oral examinations, a Master’s degree will be conferred. Upon successful completion of the fifth year of full-time study in the linked program and all requirements for the PsyD, a PsyD degree will also be awarded.

Details of the program curriculum are provided under "Related Downloads" on the right sidebar of this page.

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