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Master of Education (M.Ed.) Degree

Mission Statement

The School of Human Movement, Sport, and Leisure Studies (HMSLS) shares the University vision to be the premier learning community in Ohio and one of the best in the nation. In concert with the College of Education and Human Development, we are dedicated to fostering a dynamic community of lifelong learners and leaders.  The School is committed to the creation, enhancement, and dissemination of knowledge in the fields of kinesiology, sport, leisure and tourism studies. As agents of change, we strive to fulfill this commitment through exemplary scholarship, creative endeavors, teaching, and service. In this pursuit, we encourage academic excellence, the integration of academic disciplines, and the quest for social justice based on knowledge and appreciation of human diversity.

Purpose of Graduate Education

The HMSLS Master’s Program is predicated on the belief that graduate study involves mastering levels of complexity and generalization that extend the knowledge and intellectual maturity of accomplished baccalaureate degree holders. Moreover, graduate study occurs in the company of students interested in and capable of analyzing, exploring, questioning, reconsidering, and synthesizing old and new knowledge and skills and therefore, graduate education is much more than the passing of a particular number of courses and the fulfillment of certain minimum requirements. Students should consider themselves co-workers with other students, scholars, and professors in cooperative intellectual endeavors.

Learning Outcomes for the HMSLS Program

At the completion of the master’s degree, students will have mastered the following program learning outcomes:

  1. Analyze, interpret, synthesize, and evaluate the literature appropriate to her/his area of study (through thesis defense or poster presentation).
  2. Integrate learning from courses taken in his/her area of study.
  3. Write clearly, demonstrating grammatical precision and avoiding unnecessary area of study jargon.
  4. Speak clearly at a level appropriate for the listeners.
  5. Articulate reasoned beliefs in a civil manner.
  6. Demonstrate competence in those skills required of his/her area of study.
  7. Provide leadership appropriate to her/his area of study.
  8. Demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to interact with a diverse, multicultural, and global society.

The Graduate Program in HMSL

The graduate program has three specializations:

All three programs require slightly different combinations of core and specialization requirements. In addition students have a choice of culminating experiences:

The decision about which plan you decide is made in conjunction with your advisor and normally is decided after 15 credit hours of study.

HMSL Core Requirements

All graduate students in the School of HMSLS are required to take HMSL core courses, which include:

  • HMSL - 6530, Research Methods in HMSL
  • HMSL - 6510, Interpretation of Quantitative Research in HMSL or HMSL 6540 - Interpretation of Qualitative Research in HMSL
  • Plan I: HMSL 6990 Master’s Thesis in HMSL or Plan II: HMSL 6910 Master’s Project in HMSL