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Department of Kinesiology

Master's in Kinesiology

Advisor

Students who are admitted to the M.S. program in kinesiology will be assigned to an advisor based upon the student's goal statement (submitted with admission materials) and any communication between the student and a particular faculty member prior to admission.

The student and advisor should collaborate to develop the student's individual program plan, as well as any necessary changes to the program plan. In addition, the student should meet regularly with his/her advisor to discuss academic progress, expectations, professional development, and preparation for the capstone experience. The advisor is responsible for preparing a written annual review of academic progress.

Guidance Committee

A guidance committee is formed to assist the student with the selected capstone experience. Guidance committee members also serve as additional mentors to the master's degree student.  The composition of the guidance committee varies according to the selected capstone experience.

  • Plan A Thesis Option. According to the KIN Plan A Thesis Policy and MSU regulations, the thesis committee shall consist of at least three regular faculty members. Usually the student's advisor serves as the thesis director; however, a different faculty member may be selected for that role. The student should choose thesis committee members in consultation with her/his advisor.
  • Plan B Project Option. According to the KIN Plan B Project Policy, the guidance committee shall consist of at least two regular faculty members. Usually the student's advisor serves as chairperson of the committee; however, a different faculty member may be selected for that role. The student should choose guidance committee members in consultation with her/his advisor.
  • Plan B Internship Option. According to the KIN Plan B Internship Policy, the guidance committee shall consist of at least two regular faculty members. Usually the student's advisor serves as chairperson of the committee; however, a different faculty member may be selected for that role. The student should choose guidance committee members in consultation with her/his advisor.
  • Plan B Course Work Option. According to the M.S. Final Certifying Examination Policy, the guidance committee for students who complete course work only shall consist of at least two regular faculty members. Usually the student's advisor serves as chairperson of the committee; however, a different faculty member may be selected for that role. The student should choose guidance committee members in consultation with her/his advisor.

Changes of Advisor or Committee Members

MSU has established procedures for changes in advisor or of guidance committee members. KIN graduate students should check with the graduate studies coordinator or secretary about those procedures if changes become necessary. Of course, it is always appropriate and courteous to discuss concerns with the current advisor before requesting a change. To request a change of advisor or guidance committee member, please use this form.

Extension of Time to Complete Degree

An extension of time to complete degree requirements is needed when the student cannot complete all requirements within the five-year time period specified by MSU policies. Such requests are not granted automatically. Students must present a compelling rationale for the extension of time, accompanied by a detailed plan for completing the degree.

Conflict Resolution

Nationwide, many students do not complete graduate education programs. Unfortunately, sometimes the reason for leaving a graduate program is conflict between the graduate student and advisor. The MSU Graduate School offers a Conflict Resolution Program that helps students prevent and resolve such conflicts. In addition, students may consult with the KIN graduate studies coordinator or the KIN department chairperson for assistance.