College of Education > Academics > Teacher Education, Kinesiology and Educational Studies > Graduate Programs > Sport, Fitness and Recreation Leadership (MS) > Degree Requirements
Sport, Fitness and Recreation Leadership students need to have an understanding that DePaul’s program requires students to enroll into a cohort. This model requires students to take two courses each quarter (online), with the plan to complete the program in two years. The cohort program also requires 2 on-campus (or virtual attendance if accommodations cannot be made) summer seminars between the first and second year, and after completion of second year coursework.
There are 2 summer seminars required as the only face-to-face obligation of the program. Students will be required to attend a 3-day seminar after completion of the first year of the program, and again after completion of the second year. The seminar will consist of an on-campus colloquium that will provide students with the opportunity to connect and network with their peers, as well as current employers and leaders in various MSFRL fields from the Chicagoland area. It also will include an opportunity to learn, as we will invite local professionals within the field to present to the students. The last day of the seminar will be for the graduating students to present their research papers or projects. First year students will be required to observe these presentations as an example for their own research projects in the upcoming year. Therefore, each student will technically attend this seminar twice, first the summer after their 1st year, and then again the summer after their 2nd year. The difference will be the first year they will watch the graduate capstone/research presentations, and the second year they will present their own. Each year the local area professional lectures will change, so they will be able to attend new seminars each year.
Students will be required to complete an individualized capstone project upon completion of coursework. Each project will be specific to their respective career choices and will be developed during the second year of the program. The first required step in the process is completion of a literature review related to the topic of the anticipated project. This PE 455 is a pass /fail course and may be completed anytime from summer II through winter quarter of the second-year. Next, an intense focus on the research project occurs during PE 555, taken in spring quarter of the second year. Projects will be presented during the final summer seminar, PE 490. PE 500 is the final requirement of the program during summer II of the second summer, and allows students to submit their final capstone project after feedback received after their presentation. Students will be assigned a faculty mentor to help guide them with their research and ideas at the end of the first summer seminar.
Students must maintain a 3.0 average or higher to continue in the program. Any grade below a C will not count for credit toward completion of the program.
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