2014-2015 Graduate Course Catalog 
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2014-2015 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics

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Diane Lyden Murphy, Dean

About the College

David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics

Welcome to the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. The Falk College brings together Syracuse University’s professional programs in Child and Family Studies, Food Studies, Marriage and Family Therapy, Nutrition Science and Dietetics, Public Health, Sport Management and Social Work in an environment of cross-disciplinary teaching, research, practice and service. Through classroom learning and hands-on experience, our students learn by example-and by doing-to become professionals who will provide services that enhance the emotional and physical well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

The Falk College leadership team includes:

  • Irene Kehres, Associate Dean, Student Services
  • Eileen Lantier, Senior Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
  • Deborah J. Monahan, Associate Dean, Research

The Dean’s Office of the Falk College can be reached at 315-443-5555 for more information about academic programs, services and all other activities related to the College.

Dean Diane Lyden Murphy, M.A., M.S.W., Ph.D.

Dean’s Message

Welcome to the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics

The Fall 2014 semester marks the start of my tenth year as the dean of the Falk College where our academic programs address the entire gamut of human behavior-from the physical through the psychological to the social and cultural dimensions of individual, family and community life.

The faculty and staff in our College are excited about the work they do at Syracuse University where they are engaged in our local community and committed to their respective fields of research and scholarship that span the globe. Together, we continue to work strategically and purposefully on every level for one reason-our students.

Our academic programs and degree offerings provide our students with the best possible educational experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. Many experiential learning opportunities are often linked to faculty affiliations of professional significance. Their deep connections span local school districts and human service programs, regional medical centers, for-profit and not-for-profit entities, national and international government organizations and beyond. Our College Research Center supports interdisciplinary research, scholarship and entrepreneurship.

As Dean, I couldn’t be more excited about the work we are doing in the Falk College and the opportunity to offer students the educational experiences of their lives. That our students have selected our College is an honor and a privilege we take very seriously. We are committed to developing our students as leaders and good global citizens who don’t simply solve problems but whose life mission is to find a better way to answer the needs of our society.

It is my honor to introduce you to the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. I hope you will be as impressed as I continue to be with our faculty, staff and students and all they do to make our College one of the most inspiring and innovative members of the SU community.

Diane Lyden Murphy, M.A., M.S.W., Ph.D.

Graduate Program Overview

David B. Falk College Of Sport And Human Dynamics

Diane Lyden Murphy, Dean

Graduate Program Overview

The David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics is Syracuse University’s most service-oriented college, where cross-professional collaboration is the cornerstone of teaching, research, and practice. Like professionals in the field, students and faculty in the college work and learn together across discipline lines to find new, more effective approaches to important social issues. Master’s degree programs are offered in child and family studies, marriage and family therapy, nutrition science, child and family health in the global community, sport management and social work; while Ph.D. programs are offered in child and family studies and marriage and family therapy.

Students prepare to become professionals who provide health, wellness, and recreational services that enhance the emotional and physical wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities. Faculty members are current and former practitioners who provide a real-world perspective on the professional field. The small college atmosphere allows for personalized attention from the faculty and staff, who guide students through the educational experience. Requirements are flexible in each program of study, allowing students to choose combinations of courses according to their personal and professional interests. Additional University resources allow students to further enhance their studies and professional development.

The integration of theory and practice is at the heart of the college’s mission. Through field and clinical placements in a wide variety of settings, students gain valuable hands-on experience that complements their classroom learning and better prepares them for their careers.

Today, graduates of the College hold positions of importance and distinction all over the world in such fields as education, research, child development, dietetics, nutrition, communications, community and social service, family therapy, government, business and industry, among many others.

Graduate Financial Assistance

See Financial Assistance  of this catalog.

Applicants who wish to be considered for University Fellowships are encouraged to submit a complete admission package no later than January 1.

Tuition Scholarships

A variety of tuition scholarships in varying amounts are offered to outstanding students depending on academic record and need. A full scholarship provides tuition for a total of 24 credits per academic year.


The College may offer a teaching, technical, and/or research assistantship to some qualified graduate scholarship recipients, including first-year students.

A full assistantship in the first year of graduate study includes a stipend for the academic year plus a tuition scholarship for 24 credits per year.

Graduate assistants are required to extend their work in a degree program to compensate for the time spent in teaching or other duties. Renewal of assistantships is based on superior performance in coursework and in assistantship assignments.

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