Athletic Counseling (CAGS)

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study

About This Program

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Sean Mangan
Graduate Admissions and Recruitment Coordinator

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Curriculum and Delivery

Start Dates and Duration

  • Start in September (Fall semester)
  • Courses are offered full-time
  • Complete in 2 semesters, plus 1 summer

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Male Springfield College Athletic Counseling student

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) in Athletic Counseling at Springfield College is a 32-credit hour in-person program designed for those who already have a graduate degree in psychology, counseling, or related field and wish to complete specific education and training in working with athletes. The CAGS in Athletic Counseling is also designed to fulfill the education and experiential requirements for the Certified Mental Performance Consultant (CMPC®) credential offered by the Association for Applied Sport Psychology.

There are over 30 classes to choose from to complete the required credit hours including courses in psychology, counseling, and applied exercise science. Research-related coursework can also be applied to this Certificate and students have the opportunity to enroll in fieldwork or an internship which allows them to work with sport teams on and off Springfield's campus. 

How to Apply:

Admissions Requirements

  1. Complete the FREE online application: Once your application form is processed you will receive an email with your application portal login credentials and instructions for submitting supplemental materials as listed below.
  2. Essay: In two to three double-spaced pages, please describe significant life experiences that have contributed to your interest in your field, your understanding of this field, your occupational objectives, and why you have chosen Springfield College. 
  3. Resume: Please include any college activities, out-of-school leadership experiences, work history, and community involvement to support your interest in or qualifications for graduate study. 
  4. Two letters of recommendation: Two letters of recommendation from a faculty member or direct supervisor: Recommenders will receive an email when you submit your application and will be able to upload your letter to your application.
  5. Transcripts: An official transcript from each college/university you have attended is required. In order to be considered official, transcripts must be received directly from the original source, by email to or mailed to the college address: 

Springfield College
Office of Graduate Admissions
263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109

International Applicants

In addition to the above admissions requirements, all international applicants from non-English speaking countries are required to submit:

  • Proof of English language proficiency by way of the TOEFL or IELTS: Other tests may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please refer to our language requirements for more information on acceptable tests, minimum scores, exemptions, and conditional acceptance. If your undergraduate degree was earned in the United States and you successfully completed college-level English, we will consider English language proficiency met.
  • Please note: Transcripts must be in English. If the transcript is not in English you will be required to submit a professional credential evaluation completed by any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For this we recommend SpanTran, with its customized portal for Springfield College applicants. World Education Services or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc. are also recommended for your credential evaluations.

The Office of International Admissions can assist you with questions you may have about enrolling at Springfield College as an international student by emailing

Application Deadlines

Domestic Students:

  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis as space is available.

International Students:

  • Application and Supporting Materials Deadline: May 1