The non-thesis plan is designed for those whose major objective in graduate study is to enhance their professional background in exercise and sport sciences.
Graduation requirements -- A total of 36 credits (24 credits of required courses and 12 credits of electives) are needed to complete this program. In addition, the student must complete a written comprehensive examination.
Written comprehensive examination -- A written examination covering general knowledge of the field, research and statistical methods, and specific knowledge in the area of concentration constitutes the comprehensive examination for this degree program. In order to be eligible for the written comprehensive examination, the student must have completed the required courses and have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher for all graduate courses completed as part of the program. This includes graduate courses taken at Ithaca College, exchange courses at Cornell University, or approved transfer courses taken at other institutions.
Non-Thesis Plan Credits
(The total may include up to 6 credits approved for transfer from other schools.)
Area of Concentration
One of the unique characteristics of Ithaca College's plan of study is the opportunity to pursue an area of concentration, an experience usually reserved for doctoral study at many institutions. The student must complete 9-15 credits of courses approved by the adviser in one area of concentration -- exercise physiology or sport psychology. The concentration approach to graduate study is designed to provide depth to the program and also to provide specific future employment opportunities. Included in each of the concentrations is the possibility of independent study and internship to increase relevant and practical learning opportunities.
Concentration in Exercise Physiology
Exercise physiology is the study of physiological responses and adaptations consequent to exercise. Through specific coursework, this concentration focuses on both the theoretical and applied/clinical aspects of exercise physiology. Students who want to emphasize theoretical learning are advised to pursue the thesis option while those with a clinical orientation should consider the non-thesis option with an internship. If desired, a student can have a more comprehensive experience by completing all prescribed coursework, the thesis, and an internship.
An objective of the exercise physiology concentration is to assist in preparation for registration as a clinical exercise physiologist and for external certification as a health/fitness instructor or exercise specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine. Students are actively encouraged to seek additional credentials of this nature.
Prerequisites for applicants to the exercise physiology concentration include completion of coursework in anatomy and physiology; biomechanics or kinesiology; exercise physiology; and statistics or tests and measurements.
Thesis plan students must take 12 credits and complete their thesis in this area of concentration. Students in the non-thesis plan must complete 15 credits in this area of concentration. All exercise physiology students are eligible for related internships. An internship is strongly encouraged for those following the non-thesis plan. Exercise physiology students may study special topics through 665-62000 Thesis I, 665-63000 Independent Research, and 665-63100 Independent Reading.
Exercise Physiology Concentration Courses
*Required for non-thesis option; recommended for thesis plan
Concentration in Sport Psychology
The primary focus of this concentration is on the psychological factors that influence sport participation and performance. Topics are derived from clinical, developmental, educational, experimental, and social psychology, and also from the basic understanding of sport and its varied task demands. Emphasis is on application, description, explanation, and prediction of parameters of sport participation and performance. Applicants for the sport psychology concentration need to show evidence of completed coursework in conceptually relevant content areas. A statistics or tests and measurements class is also a prerequisite.
Thesis plan students must take 9 credits and complete their thesis in the area of concentration. Students in the non-thesis plan must complete 12 credits in the area of concentration.
Sport Psychology Concentration Courses
*Required for non-thesis option; recommended for thesis plan
Academic Warning and Dismissal
The graduate program in exercise and sport sciences follows the Division of Graduate Studies policies regarding academic warning and academic dismissal. Students on academic warning are not permitted to enroll in thesis, independent research, or independent reading courses.
The chair of the graduate program in exercise and sport sciences serves as the academic adviser for all students enrolled in the program. Students writing a thesis select, with approval of the chair, a thesis adviser and reader from among the graduate faculty in exercise and sport sciences.
All graduate courses must be taken for a letter grade. There is no pass/fail option for graduate courses in exercise and sport sciences.
A limited number of assistantships are available for full-time matriculated graduate students and for admitted degree candidates. The assistantships include a scholarship, which is applied to the tuition bill, and a taxable salary for carrying out assigned duties. Students must have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher in order to be considered for assistantships. Assistantships are typically awarded on a two-semester basis and involve 8-15 hours per week of duties and responsibilities arranged and supervised by a faculty member. Specific areas for assistantships include the wellness clinic and adult fitness center; programs in anatomy, athletic training, biomechanics, computer applications and statistics, exercise physiology, kinesiology, and recreational sports; coaching in men's and women's varsity athletic programs; and research supervision. In any given year about 75 percent of the full-time matriculated graduate students in exercise and sport sciences hold assistantships.