Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Leisure Studies Program Information and Admission Requirements
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Master of Arts in Education Degree
- Physical Education Exercise Science
- General Physical Education
- Sports Administration Specialization
- Recreation and Leisure Specialization
- Physical Education Master Teacher
- Pedagogy Emphasis
- Special Populations Emphasis
Admission to degree work is contingent on (1) achieving a minimum score of 750 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the
Graduate Record Examination, and (2) evaluation of the candidate's undergraduate transcript. These criteria are supplemented by a
personal statement indicating the student's experiences, plans for the future, and philosophy of physical activity.
Graduate students in the department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Leisure Studies must select
either a thesis or a non-thesis option.
In addition to academic coursework, students must complete a 6 hour thesis project (PE 896) under the
direction of a thesis advisor. At the time a student elects to write a thesis, the advisor and the Chair of the HPERLS Graduate
Program Committee shall obtain approval from the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research on the composition of the committee by
submitting a "Proposed Supervisory Committee" form. This committee will approve a thesis problem and guide the student in the
writing of the thesis. The committee will also examine the student in the required oral examination at the completion of the
project. The time and place of the examination will be determined by the Chair of the Committee.
Thesis and Thesis Committee
A completed thesis must be submitted for the approval of the thesis committee within two
years from the completion of the course work. This time requirement may be waived at the discretion of the majority of the
Department's Graduate Committee. The thesis committee shall consist of four members:
- The candidate's thesis advisor who will serve as chair,
- A member representing the candidate's major discipline (generally from the degree granting institution),
- A third member representing a related field in the college in which the candidate's major field is located, and
- A fourth member selected at large from the University of Nebraska Graduate Faculty. This member may be an additional
representative from the candidate's department.
In addition to their coursework, students pursuing the MAE in Physical Education Exercise
Science, General Physical Education, or Physical Education Master Teacher must successfully complete a comprehensive examination
prior to graduation. Comprehensive examinations are to be taken on the campus of the University of Nebraska at Kearney unless an
off campus site and a waiver for the on campus requirement are approved by a majority vote of the HPERLS graduate faculty.
Comprehensive examinations will be offered the last week of March, June, and October. The comprehensive written examination will
consist of at least three questions.
- one question relating to research techniques
- one question relating to content from their graduate coursework
- one question relating to the student's area of focus/emphasis
Scoring of the comprehensive written exam will be scored as
- Pass - no further examination is required
- Conditional Pass with an oral examination required - Following the oral exam the student can then be granted a Pass or No
Pass with remediation required. Students earning a No Pass must then take another written comprehensive examination within a
time period specified by the examination committee.
- No Pass - the committee will then recommend to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research that the candidate be reexamined
after a specified interval. Means for improvement shall be recommended to the candidate by the committee.
After a student takes a second comprehensive examination, the student will be given the same scoring as above, except in any
situation in which the student receives a score of No Pass the committee will then recommend to the Dean of Graduate Studies and
Research that the candidate be refused graduation.
Comprehensive Examination Committee
The comprehensive exam committee will consist of two graduate faculty members of the
student's choosing within their field of study, with the Graduate Program Chair (or another graduate faculty member if the Graduate
Program Chair is on the exam committee) serving as a third member if arbitration of grading is needed.