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Program Requirements

Master’s Degree Requirements

The master’s degree consists of a minimum of 45 credits beyond the bachelor’s degree. At least 30 of these credits must be completed through human physiology courses including the following required courses.

  • Professional Skills (HPHY 611, 612, 613)
  • System Physiology (HPHY 621, 622, 623)
  • Students must earn 4 graded graduate credits in additional human physiology courses or courses determined in conjunction with their advisor to be most appropriate for their line of study.
  • Students must earn 8 graduate credits in statistical analysis (e.g., EDUC 614 & 640) covering the following topics: descriptive statistics, logic of hypothesis testing, elementary inferential statistics, confidence intervals, and introduce one-way analysis of variance, post hoc comparisons, a priori contrasts, within-subjects and between subjects effects, 2-way and higher order designs, and interactions. For recent additions to these course options, check with the Human Physiology Director of Graduate Studies.
  • Students must register for Seminar in Human Physiology (HPHY 607) during every term of enrollment. One term may be waived upon approval by the Director of Graduate Studies to accommodate the student’s research activities or other extenuating circumstances.

Students must complete a substantial research project which will be their final master’s degree requirement. Department faculty, in consultation with the student, determine the format for presentation of the project, which will include an oral defense in combination with either  a master’s thesis,  journal-style manuscript, or comprehensive project report.

Required courses must be taken for letter grades and passed with grades of B– or better. Students must maintain, at minimum, a 3.00 grade point average for all courses.

Additional University master’s degree requirements are described in the Graduate Studies/Master’s Degrees section of the catalog.

DEADLINES

  • Comprehensive Examination Application: Friday of first week of term exam is taken.
  • Apply for Advanced Degree: Week TWO of graduating term. (Apply online via GradWeb.)
  • Final Copy Abstract (Grad School Thesis Only): Submit three copies (with Certificate of Completion) to Graduate School by week FIVE of graduating term.
  • Masters students must provide a complete written copy of their project, thesis, or dissertation to the committee members a minimum of 3 weeks prior to the oral defense date. If extenuating circumstances make this not possible, then approval for a shorter time period needs to be agreed upon by all committee members, or the defense date must be rescheduled.
  • Students must provide the title, date, time, and location of their oral defense project, thesis, or dissertation to the Graduate Coordinator at least 2 weeks prior to the oral defense to allow faculty and staff time to put it on their schedule.

Doctoral Degree Requirements

The doctoral degree consists of a minimum of 135 credits beyond the bachelor’s degree. At least 60 of these credits must be completed through human physiology courses.

Students must complete all of the master’s degree required coursework listed above if they have not done so previously.

  • Students must complete one of the following: Advanced Respiratory Physiology (HPHY 670); Human Cardiovascular Control (HPHY 676); Kinematics of Human Movement (HPHY 684); Kinetics of Human Movement (HPHY 685)
  • Students must register for Seminar in Human Physiology (HPHY 607) during every term of enrollment. One term may be waived upon approval by the Human Physiology Director of Graduate Studies to accommodate the student’s research activities or other extenuating circumstances.

Written and oral doctoral comprehensive examinations are taken after completing a substantial portion of the program of study. Upon passing these examinations the student is advanced to candidacy and must enroll in Dissertation (HPHY 603) during every subsequent term of enrollment. A final oral defense is held after completion of the dissertation and after all other degree requirements have been met.

Required courses must be taken for letter grades and passed with grades of B– or better. Students must maintain, at minimum, a 3.00 grade point average for all courses.

Additional University doctor of philosophy degree requirements are described in the Graduate Studies/Doctoral Degrees section of this catalog.

DEADLINES

  • Apply for Degree: Friday of week TWO of term graduating.
  • Last day to file application for final oral defense: Friday of week FIVE of term graduating, or no less than 3 weeks before the Dissertation Defense Date, whichever comes first. Must be filed along with 3 signed and 2 unsigned copies of abstract in the Graduate School. (Note: MUST be Filed in the Graduate School 3 Weeks Before the Defense Date.)
  • Last day to hold Final Oral Defense: Friday of week EIGHT of term graduating.
  • Last day to deposit 2 copies of completed and approved dissertation for Final Acceptance by Graduate School: Tuesday of week TEN of term graduating.
  • Doctoral students must provide a complete written copy of their dissertation to the committee members a minimum of 3 weeks prior to the oral defense date. If extenuating circumstances make this not possible, then approval for a shorter time period needs to be agreed upon by all committee members, or the defense date must be rescheduled.
  • Students must provide the title, date, time, and location of their oral defense project to the Graduate Coordinator at least 2 weeks prior to the oral defense to allow faculty and staff time to put it on their schedule.

For additional information regarding graduate studies, visit the Graduate School website.