Students who choose the thesis option take courses that support their research including Foundations and Methods of Research, Educational and Psychological Statistics, Proposal Design, and Thesis. Students who are working on a thesis attend research team to ensure that they get the support needed to complete a thesis. The thesis timeline serves as an excellent guide for students completing a thesis.
First Year Fall Semester
Student thinks of research ideas and confers with a faculty member who will become their thesis advisor/chair. Tip: Attending research team on Mondays at 11 a.m. is a great place to get ideas and is required for people doing a thesis.
Student selects an advisor/chair and gets "OK" to work on proposed study. This step is often completed while a student is taking the research course. Tip: Choose an advisor/chair that has shown interest and has experience on the topic. Students should make sure they have their articles for their literature review before winter break and start outlining and putting their literature review together.
First Year Spring Semester
Student writes proposal in Proposal Design (RSCH 612) and discusses the project with the advisor/chair.
Student submits a copy of the thesis proposal to the advisor/chair and makes revisions as needed until the chair approves the proposal. Tip: Lots of great information is available in the research manual.
Student consults with the advisor/chair and selects two additional people to serve on the thesis committee. Student gets verbal consent to serve on the committee from the two additional people. Tip: Ask committee members that are interested in the topic and who can work well together.
Student schedules a proposal meeting. Students give a copy of their thesis to their committee members at least one full week before the meeting. It is the student's job to schedule the proposal meeting at a time when the student and all committee members can meet. Students should inform the assistant vice president of academic affairs of the meeting and remember to schedule a room for the meeting. Tip: Diane Brooks, psychology department administrative assistant, can help to schedule a room. Ask nicely. Diane knows everything but is a very busy person.
Student meets with the chair prior to the proposal meeting to clarify what will happen at the meeting.
Student defends the thesis proposal. The committee requires the student to make revisions and to plan another meeting or the committee requires the student to make revisions and to show them to the chair. Tip: Working on the thesis over the summer makes it more likely that a student can graduate in May.
Second Year Fall Semester
Student gets research approved by Institutional Review Board (IRB). Student submits IRB form, a paragraph describing the purpose of the study, the method section of the thesis proposal, the informed consent, and all the questionnaires to the IRB care of dean of the graduate school. Tip: IRB forms are included in the Research Manual.
After receiving IRB approval, the student demonstrates data collection procedure to the chair and collects the data. Tip: Students should allow themselves a fair amount of time to collect data. It can take longer than expected.
Student organizes the data, enters the data into the computer, checks the data, and analyzes the data. Student rewrites the proposal changing it to the past tense, writes the results, and writes the discussion sections of the thesis. Student makes all corrections in format identified by the Graduate Office. The student consults with the chair during this process. Tip: Students can apply for up to $500 from the graduate student research Fund for research expenses. Information about the fund and application process is in the Research Manual.
Second Year Spring Semester
When the final version of the thesis is ready, the chair gives the "OK" for the student to schedule a thesis defense meeting. The student selects a "reader," the fourth committee member to serve as external examiner and attend the thesis defense. The student gets verbal consent from the reader.
The student sends a memo to the assistant vice president for academic affairs. The memo lists the student's name, the title of the thesis proposal, the members of the committee (including the reader), and the date, time and place of the defense meeting. It is the student's job to plan the defense meeting at a time when the student and all committee members can meet. It must be scheduled at least one week after sending the memor and distributing thesis to committee members. Students schedule a room for the meeting.
Student defends the thesis. The committee requires the student to make revisions and to plan another meeting, or the student passes and the committee requires the student to make revisions and show them to the chair. If the student does not pass, the thesis is revised under the supervision of the chair and step 13 is repeated. Tip: Students should bring handouts of their thesis defense presentation for the committee. Also, they should bring the thesis “approval pages” to the defense for the committee members to sign (if they pass the defense). These should be printed to the specifications of the graduate office on bond paper. It is good to get signatures when the committee is all together.
Evaluation forms are sent to the assistant vice president for academic affairs, the department chair, and the dean by the chair. The assistant vice president for academic affairs submits the student’s thesis grade to the registrar.
The student's revisions are approved by the chair and the thesis is sent to the assistant vice president for academic affairs for approval.
The student makes revisions as required by the assistant vice president for academic affairs and resubmits the thesis. This process is continued until the proposal is 100 percent perfect. Tip: A student should not think that they are done if only one or two corrections are found on their "final" version. Submit another copy until it is perfect. Waiting to print the final version saves formal paper and reduces frustration.
When the thesis is perfect, student prints a copy on formal bond paper. Tip: Students will be asked to sign a copyright form. Select (a) Campus Access-full content only available to those using a computer on the Springfield College campus or through interlibrary loan and (b) Six months after the degree date (no justification required) options. Do NOT select the Open Access-full content available to all option as some journals consider this option to mean that your thesis has been published which prevents you from presenting your research at a professional conference or publishing it in a scientific journal.
The student gets the thesis bound (and may want to get a copy made for themselves and their chair). The student pays for the binding costs.
The student graduates, finds a lucrative professional position in athletic counseling, and donates some of their excess funds to the Springfield College Athletic Counseling Program.
*Final Tip: If students do not defend their thesis a month before graduation, they need to fill out a permission to march early for graduation form. The form is available at the Registrar’s Office.
- AASP Certification
- Athletic Counseling Faculty
- Athletic Counseling Internship/Practica Opportunities
- Athletic Counseling Research Team
- Electives for Athletic Counseling
- Graduate Fellowship and Graduate Assistant Positions
- Requirements for Athletic Counseling
- Sample 2 Year Plan of Study for CC, AASP and Springfield College Athletic Counseling Requirements