Masters Thesis and Internships


A thesis is optional for the academic specializations of Exercise Physiology and Sport Pedagogy. When elected, the thesis will carry a total of six semester hours. It is imperative that students selecting the thesis option contact the HHPR Graduate Program Director to begin this process.

Students will not be permitted to enroll for thesis hours until they have completed a minimum of 18 hours of graduate course work within their primary area of study within HHPR with at least a B average (GPA=3.0). Included in these hours is the required Research Methods and Statistics courses.  Also, students must have satisfactorily passed the thesis prospectus review before enrolling in thesis credits. Once students have enrolled for thesis credit, they must maintain continuous enrollment until the completion of the thesis. 

The thesis committee will consist of a minimum of three Baylor Graduate Faculty members - two committee members, including the chairperson, will be HHPR Graduate faculty and the third member will be a Baylor graduate faculty who is outside the HHPR Graduate faculty. Students need to submit Announcement of Master’s Oral Examination to the Graduate School 10 working days before thesis defense.  Upon completion of Oral Thesis Defense and obtaining approval signatures from the Examination Committee members, the student will submit the Result of Master’s Oral Examination to the Graduate School. Credit is awarded only upon completion and approval of the thesis. No letter grade is given for completing the thesis.

Guidelines for Preparing the Dissertation and Thesis is the official handbook for all theses presented to the Baylor University Graduate School. The “Guidelines” handbook leads students through the administrative steps for completing the thesis and attempts to ensure that all theses completed at Baylor University present similar appearance and meets all the standards of the Graduate School. The thesis must meet the Graduate School standards for format and appearance as outlined in the Baylor University Guidelines for Preparing the Dissertation and Thesis.  The thesis must also meet the Thesis and Dissertation Formats required by HHPR.


If the thesis option is not selected an internship or practicum experience must be selected by working closely with the HHPR graduate internship coordinator. The primary purpose of the Internship/Practicum experience is to bridge the gap between the academic present and the professional future. The internship carries a maximum of six semester hours while the practicum carries a maximum of three semester hours. To enroll in this capstone experience, students must have maintained at least a “B” average, completed the HHPR core courses for all academic specializations (HP/PUBH 5379 or EDP 5335 and EDP 5334 or STA 5300) and completed at least 24 hours of graduate course work within the selected academic specialization. Upon completion of internship experience, the student must give a presentation to the internship coordinator and invited guest panel who is a full-time faculty.  For more information, please contact the internship coordinator, Dr. Glenn Miller.