Kinesiology Graduate Programs
Non-Thesis Curriculum (MS)
Students selecting the non-thesis option will be required to complete a minimum of 36 credit hours. In addition, the student is required to secure a mentor, form an advisory committee, meet with their committee, complete the requisite paperwork, complete a Master’s project, and present findings from their Master’s project in Graduate Seminar.
Master’s Non-Thesis Project Description
Students opting for the non-thesis option must conduct a project on a topic related to the psychosocial aspects of sport or physical activity. The project should focus on a specific theme or question of interest chosen in consultation with the student’s primary mentor and committee members.
Example projects may include, but are not limited to:
- applying and examining the efficacy of a mental skills training program
- a quantitative/qualitative assessment of some question or relationship in sport and exercise psychology
- an ethnographic or auto-ethnographic report on a contemporary psychosocial topic
- systematic review of literature
- development and/or assessment of a personal philosophy/paradigm in relation to mental skills training
- the development of a new mental skills training tool/assessment/activity
Final project approval is subject to the discretion of the primary mentor and committee members.
While the nature of the project may vary, all final projects should include
- a discussion of relevant literature and/or background information on the topic
- a clear statement of the question of interest or project purpose
- a discussion of the significance of the project
- a complete description of the project. Please converse with your mentor about the nature and format of the final product to be completed (e.g., paper and/or presentation)
Please follow the process outlined below, relative to the Master’s project, to ensure a timely graduation.
- By the end of year 1 (or after you have completed about 1⁄2 of your coursework)
- Student should have an advisory committee formed (mentor plus two members)
- Early year 2 (or the year you intend to graduate)
- Student should be conversing with mentor about their project
- Advisory committee meeting should be called to discuss coursework (possible courses/experiences), sign any paperwork (e.g., plan of study), and discuss project
- Mid-year 2 (or the year you intend to graduate)
- Advisory committee meeting to formalize and approve project
- Final semester
- Student should conduct their project, refine it in Graduate Seminar, and converse with advisory committee
- It is recommended that the student conduct a practice presentation in front of their advisory committee
- Student presents final project in Graduate Seminar
Note: Your Master’s non-thesis advisory committee consists of three members: one faculty mentor member plus 2 additional members. Faculty eligible to mentor non-thesis psychosocial projects: Newton, Podlog, Detling, and LaReaux. These individuals as well as other ESS faculty may comprise your committee.