The Master of Science in First-Year Studies (MSFYS) is a fully online graduate program that encompasses the theory and study of factors affecting the initial college experience, including foundations of students' transitional experiences and research on various programs that promote a successful transition. Grounded in decades of research, this is the only graduate degree program dedicated to the discipline of first-year studies.
Through an innovative curriculum, students in the MSFYS graduate program develop skills and knowledge needed to create and manage curricular and co-curricular programs, and engage in research that extends the collective understanding of first-year and transition studies. The MSFYS program is designed for anyone interested in working with or teaching first-year college students, including residence hall directors, academic advisors, teaching staff, faculty, and administrators.
The program's first cohort graduated in Spring 2017. T.his program was ended in 2021
Theses from 2020
Theses from 2019
Metacognitive Learning and the First-Year Student, Janelle Mangrum
Theses from 2018
Effects of Class Size on Selected Program Outcomes for a First-Year Seminar, David L. Strickland Jr.
Early History of the First-Year Seminar at KSU, Lindsay A. Williams