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:

  1. applying and examining the efficacy of a mental skills training program
  2. a quantitative/qualitative assessment of some question or relationship in sport and exercise psychology
  3. an ethnographic or auto-ethnographic report on a contemporary psychosocial topic
  4. systematic review of literature
  5. development and/or assessment of a personal philosophy/paradigm in relation to mental skills training
  6. 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

  1. a discussion of relevant literature and/or background information on the topic
  2. a clear statement of the question of interest or project purpose
  3. a discussion of the significance of the project
  4. 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

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