Graduate Student Advising & Curriculum
The graduate coordinator will be the official advisor for all graduate students. The advisor, along with the student, will write a plan, consult with graduate faculty in the area of concentration, and then sign the student's program plan. The advisor, in conjunction with the student, is responsible for: (a) planning the graduate course of study; (b) clearing or changing admission status; (c) monitoring completion of deficiencies, probation, incompletes, degree status difficulties; (d) assisting in selection of graduate committee.
Current Graduate Coordinator:
Dr. Dean Pybus
Program of Study
The student should, with the aid of the graduate advisor, complete an Authorization of Graduate Degree Program (also referred to as the program plan) during the student's first semester of attendance. The student should meet with the graduate advisor at least once per semester to review the program plan. In addition, the students needs to ensure that all appropriate forms relative to the scholarly option and graduation are completed on schedule. Program plan and scholarly option forms are available in the graduate advisor's office. Graduation forms are available from the College of Graduate Studies located in Foust Hall.
Recreation and Park Administration Concentration
Therapeutic Recreation Concentration
If a student has not met the graduate entry level requirements, he/she must complete 3-12 hours of course work, which is determined by the student, graduate advisor, and appropriate graduate faculty.
In consultation with advisor, student may take courses outside the Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services Department and in an area of interest to supplement the RPL courses.
Scholarly Option Information
- In consultation with advisor and appropriate faculty members decide on option (thesis, project, or internship). For thesis or project, identify a topic. For internship, identify type of agency. The student should begin this process as early as possible in his/her graduate studies.
- The student and graduate advisor identify faculty to serve on his/her scholarly option committee. The student requests a committee member to act as chair. This committee is responsible for guidance and approval throughout the scholarly option. Have all committee members sign "Scholarly Option Committee" form.
- The student must have committee members sign the "Thesis or Project Scholarly Option Application" for thesis or project. This form is not required for the internship.
- Grading of the scholarly option paper is based on the committee's evaluation of the student's work. The project and internship papers are assigned letter grades (A through C-, E); the thesis is credit/no credit.
The Scholary Options are: Plan A (Thesis), Plan B (Project), and Plan B (Internship).