Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School

Physical Education

First Advisor

Fred M. Oien


The purpose of this study was to describe the status of South Dakota State· University's Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department's master's degree program graduates from 1955 to 1980. With the exception of standard record-keeping, the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Department of South Dakota State University has accumulated very little organized information of its master's degree program graduates. Four unpublished master's degree theses written at SDSU, three from the HPER Department and one in the area of journalism, may have indirectly provided some information of these graduates to department personnel. Hill performed a status study of South Dakota State College (previous name of SDSU) graduates with either a major or minor in physical education, including bachelor's and master's degree graduates. However, because the first master's degree in physical education from South Dakota State College was conferred in 1955, there were only a limited number of master's degree program graduates at the time of this questionnaire survey. To determine the effectiveness of SDSU's Physical Education Department's undergraduate professional preparation, Martin surveyed with a questionnaire its bachelor's degree graduates from 1946 to 1966. Forty-seven percent of the respondents had received degrees higher than the bachelor's level, with fifteen individuals obtaining their advanced degrees from SDSU. The number of graduates from SDSU's Physical Education Department's master's degree program was not revealed in this study. This study obtained information from graduates of SDSU's HPER Department's master's degree program. All accessible graduates from the summer of 1955 to the summer of 1980 were mailed a questionnaire intended to gather descriptive knowledge of respondents. Areas of interest included personal information, academic background, and employment history and present status.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

South Dakota State University -- Alumni and alumnae
South Dakota State University. Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation
College graduates -- Employment -- South Dakota



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South Dakota State University