MASTER OF SCIENCE (MSc)
Program of Study
Candidates may only proceed to the MSc degree via the thesis option. The program of study consists of:
- Four (4) one-term courses. A minimum of two courses are selected from the Kinesiology Graduate Program offerings. The remaining courses are normally senior undergraduate (as determined by the department) or graduate courses related to the candidate's area of study. Unless equivalency can be demonstrated, graduate students are required to complete one (1) one-term course in research design, statistics, or an equivalent. Additional course work may be suggested by a student's Advisor and advisory committee (advisor plus one or two other faculty).
- A thesis. The process whereby the student satisfactorily completes the thesis requirement is progressive in nature. The preliminary steps are informal: the student is accepted by an Advisor prior to admission, the research problem is discussed, modified and/or delimited, and a research design or format is agreed upon. The prospectus is then developed, a prospectus meeting is held, and the research problem is discussed with an Advisory Committee. The student then completes the project (i.e., collects the data, undertakes the library research etc.). The thesis should involve original work, and give evidence of independent thought, both in perceiving problems and making satisfactory progress toward their solution. The prospectus should be completed within one year of admission. Familiarity with the bibliography of the special area of study and correct citation of authorities is expected. Once this thesis work is completed, the student, in consultation with the Advisor, writes the thesis. An examining committee is then arranged for the oral examination. To graduate, both the written thesis and oral defence must be deemed satisfactory
Period of Study
The period of study for the Master of Science degree is two years of full time study, although some students complete the requirements for the degree in 12-18 months. Master’s students are expected to continue their studies full time during the summer months.
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