Thesis Track

This is a two year program. The following courses or equivalents are required. Typically 90% of the students admitted to the Masters track receive graduate assistantships (teaching or clinical laboratory assistantships). Funding is dependent upon availability of departmental resources. For a list of eligible faculty mentors for students enrolled in the Masters Thesis track please contact Dr. Alway (salway@hsc.wvu.edu).

Year I - Fall

  • PSIO 743
    Fundamentals of Physiology
    5 Hours
  • AGBI 514
    Animal Biotechnology (or equivalent)
    4 Hours
  • EXPH 697
    Research
    2 Hours
  • EXPH 799
    Graduate colloquium
    1 Hour

Year I - Spring

  • EXPH 567
    Exercise Physiology 2
    4 Hours
  • EXPH 697
    Research 
    2-5 Hours
  • EXPH 693
    Research methods & Design
    4 Hours

Year II - Summer

  • STAT 697
    Research  
    3 Hours
  • EXPH 511
    Statistics
    3 Hours

Year II - Fall

  • EXPH 698
    Thesis
    1 Hour
  • EXPH 697
    Research
    2-7 Hours
  • EXPH 799
    Graduate colloquium
    1 Hour
  • Electives**
    5-6 Hours

Year II - Spring

  • EXPH 799
    Graduate colloquium
    1 Hour
  • EXPH 698
    Thesis
    1 Hour
  • STAT 697
    Research
    5-7 Hours
  • Elective**
    1-3 Hours

* Or other suitable course as approved by the student’s advisor and thesis committee
** Elective courses may be appropriate graduate level courses as recommendation by the Chair of the student’s thesis committee and with approval of the members of the thesis committee.

Recommended Electives

  • AG610 General Biochemistry (Fall) 4 credits
  • EXPH 786 Musculoskeletal Biology
  • EXPH 791 Cardiovascular Physiology
  • HN&F 619 Nutrition in the Prevention of Human Diseases (Spring) - 3 credits
  • EXPH 693F Applied Biomechanics, Spring (3 credits)
  • EXPH 693G Advanced Neuromechanics, Fall (4 credits)
  • EXPH 791C Advance Cardiovascular Physiology, Fall (3 credits)
  • EXPH 786 Musculoskeletal Biology, Spring (3 credits)

Sequence for Progression Through Masters Thesis Track

Academic Year 1:

May – Thesis advisor is assigned at point of acceptance to the masters program

August-December – learn research methods, develop research ideas, collect pilot data

February-April – Meet with thesis committee. Submit committee approval form. Committee review’s student’s progress. Complete and submit plan of study.

June-July – Student provides written proposal, a minimum of 2 weeks before an oral defense of proposal. The proposal will be advertised and departmental/divisional faculty and students invited.

July-August 1 – Student begins thesis work

Academic Year 2:

Prepare abstracts from data for MARC (October) and/or ACSM, Experimental Biology (November)

April–May – student defends thesis, submits manuscripts with mentor for publication. Goal for one publication in a peer reviewed journal.

Although it is expected that most students will complete their work by the end of the Spring Semester (two academic years), on a case-by-case basis, student’s may continue their work between May-August with the approval of the thesis committee.

NOTES
Divisional funding is not guaranteed for any thesis track student. The number of students funded will be budget dependent. Students selected for funding may receive funding for up to two academic years, dependent upon satisfactory progress (maintaining GPA of 3.0 or greater; satisfactory progress in research as determined by the thesis committee). Funding for the first year does not imply automatic funding for a second year. Many students will be on teaching GA’s and some will not receive funding at all. Faculty advisors are however encouraged to seek funding for their graduate students.

Admissions and curriculum requirements are subject to change without prior notice.

Policy for Grades and Academic Standards in Graduate School

Masters students in the thesis track must achieve a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better to graduate. Any letter grade less than a "B" is considered unsatisfactory because it is "Substandard for graduate students" at West Virginia University (West Virginia University Graduate Catalogue). ALL graduate courses should have a letter grade of "B" or better and ALL EXPH courses must have a letter grade of "B" or better to graduate. The graduate policy for Exercise Physiology is that for graduation, students can obtain a maximum of one (1) "C" in a non-EXPH course. For example, if a student obtained a "C" in EITHER (not both) STAT 511 or PSIO 743 in the masters curriculum and the student's cumulative GPA was 3.0 or above, the student could still graduate. If the student obtained a letter grade of "C" in EXPH 567, he/she must retake the class even if their GPA is above 3.0. No letter grades of “D” will be issued.