Master of Arts in Athletic Leadership - Sports Psychology Track

Advance your career by developing your athletes’ mental edge.

One of the traits of an effective leader is the ability to get individuals who compromise a team to maximize their potential and collectively function as a cohesive unit. Your online MA in Athletic Leadership with a specialization in the Sports Psychology track is designed to help you better understand psychological factors that impact performance, and how to equip your players with the mental skills they need to maximize their performance, overcome injury, and reach their athletic goals.

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Study 100% online

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Choose from 7 start dates

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Complete your degree in fewer than 2 years

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Specialize in 1 of 4 track options

Why Choose the Sports Psychology Track for Your Online MA in Athletic Leadership?

Selecting the right school for you is an important decision. You want a program that will help further your value in the sports world. When you choose Rider University, you gain the opportunity to learn from coaches, trainers and administrators who have achieved success in their areas of expertise and want to pass their knowledge along to you.

Pursuing your MA in Athletic Leadership with a Sports Psychology specialization can help you become a more effective leader who understands that preparing a team for success is about more than lifting weights and running sprints. Learn the industry-leading best practices and trends to help you elevate your success with our comprehensive graduate degree program.

What Does Our Sports Psychology Track Cover?

Courses in this track can help you improve your ability to lead by giving you a better understanding of how the mind works and the ways in which it can impact athletic performance. Learn how you can utilize psychological factors to maximize achievement in the athletes you coach.

  • Examine how sports psychology principles can be used to improve competitive performance with Applied Sport Psychology
  • Learn techniques for improving athletes’ well-being and helping them to handle adversity with Clinical Sport Psychology
  • Study the psychological effects of variables including personality, motivation, attitudes, leadership effectiveness and group dynamics in Assessment in Sport Psychology

Admissions Requirements

Our online Master of Arts in Athletic Leadership is a great opportunity for those looking to enhance their career options. That’s why we do our best to make it as accessible as possible to anyone who has the desire to pursue it.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher in any discipline from an accredited college or university
  • A completed graduate application with a $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Two professional letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to the applicant’s career aspiration
  • No minimum GPA
  • A written personal statement of 500 words describing your experience as an athlete or administrator with your career aspirations stated
  • Official transcripts from the undergraduate degree-granting institution
  • Graduate test scores are not required

Why Earn Your Online MA in Athletic Leadership with a Sports Psychology Specialization?

Choosing the Sports Psychology track can give your athletes the psychological edge by teaching you about the interaction between the mental and physical side of sports. Every course in the program was designed with a sports-centric focus, and classes are taught by sports professionals who are experts in their field.

By pursuing your MA in Athletic Leadership degree online, you can advance your knowledge and career potential around your busy schedule. Rider’s online degree platform can make your learning more flexible and accessible, helping you build the career you want.

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Gain access to dedicated faculty of sports professionals

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Enjoy the freedom of an online education

Nuture your future around your schedule

Earn your degree around your schedule

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Gain real-world experience through internships

Pick a start time that works for you

Your program has to fit around your life. So in addition to making our MA in Athletic Leadership degree 100% online, we also offer multiple start times throughout the year. Just choose the one that works best for you.

  • Spring A – February 1
  • Spring B – March 22
  • Summer A – May 18
  • Summer B – July 6
  • Fall A – September 8
  • Fall B – October 27

When you earn your MA in Athletic Leadership from Rider, you can expand your career opportunities and earning potential. Let us help you achieve your goals and position yourself for success.

How Many Credits Are Required for Your Online MA in Athletic Leadership with a Sports Psychology Specialization?

Your degree will consist of 12 courses and 36 credit hours, including an Internship of Coaching and/or an Internship of Administration. You can complete the entire curriculum in fewer than two years.

  • 15 credit hours in core courses
  • 9 credit hours in Sports Psychology Track courses
  • 12 credit hours in elective courses

We want to help you be persistent in your pursuit. That’s why we offer 100% online coursework so you can prepare to advance your career around your busy schedule.

You’re ready to pursue your goals. We’re here to help you do it. At Rider, we’re committed to your growth, transformation and leadership.