Kinesiology Graduate Programs
Thesis Curriculum (MS)
All MS students are initially accepted as non-thesis students. Those wishing to write a thesis are strongly encouraged to enroll in KINES 7102 as well as KINES 5830 their first semester. During your first semester you should connect with a mentor to begin the process of delineating a thesis topic. Once your mentor and topic have been determined and a timeline agreed upon your classification will be switched to thesis.
Students selecting the 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, write a thesis proposal, successfully present their thesis proposal in Graduate Seminar, conduct their research, successfully orally defend the findings of their thesis to their advisory committee, and submit a final thesis document to the Graduate School and Department.
Please follow the process outlined below, relative to the Master’s thesis, to ensure a timely graduation.
- At the beginning of second semester:
- Student should have an advisory committee formed (mentor plus two members).
- Student should be in communication with mentor regarding thesis topic.
- During second semester
- Student should be conversing with mentor and meeting with advisory committee.
- Student should be writing a review of literature.
- Student should be constructing their thesis proposal (chapters 1 and 3).
- Plan of study and thesis direction should be formalized with advisory committee.
- At the end of second semester or early third semester:
- Student should present thesis proposal in Graduate Seminar.
- Consider signing up for ESS 7850 (1 credit)
- Year 2:
- Thesis research should be conducted.
- Chapters 4 and 5 should be written.
- Thesis should be orally defended.
- Thesis document should be finalized.
Note: Your Master’s thesis advisory committee consists of three members: one faculty mentor member plus 2 additional members. Faculty eligible to mentor your advisory committee include Newton and Podlog. Miller and LaReaux may serve on your advisory committee.