Master of Arts in Higher Education (MAHE) Theses

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Todd Ream

Second Advisor

Kelly Yordy

Third Advisor

Drew Moser


Cocurricular involvement plays a large part in the holistic college experience. However, too much involvement in cocurricular activities may lead students to experience burnout over the course of their four years in college. The quantitative correlation study investigated students’ overinvolvement in cocurricular activities through the Cocurricular Involvement and Burnout Survey. Participants were students who were involved in said activities at a private, faith-based, liberal arts institution located in the Midwest. The research question that guided the study was: To what extent, if any, does overinvolvement in cocurricular activities contribute to burnout for college students at a four-year institution? The results show that a positive correlation exists between the constructs of cocurricular involvement and burnout. The discussion unpacks the results and give implications for practices and future research, as well as limitations of the present study. The research is impactful for higher education and student development professionals to be aware of students’ overinvolvement and the effects it has on them.