A thesis is optional for the academic specializations of Exercise Physiology and Sport Pedagogy, as well as the M.P.H. degree. 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. Once students have enrolled for thesis credit, they must maintain continuous enrollment for one semester hour of thesis during each regular semester, including at least one summer term each year, until the thesis has been accepted by the Graduate Dean. Departmental assistance is required for enrollment. Credit is awarded only upon completion and approval of the thesis. No letter grade is given for completing the thesis.


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, students must have completed their requirements in Research Methods and Statistics. Also, students must have satisfactorily passed the thesis prospectus review before enrolling in thesis credits.


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.