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Health and Movement Sciences, Master of Science (M.S.)

Acevedo, Dr. Edmund O.
Chair, Department of Health and Human Performance
(804) 828-1948

Admission requirements summary

Health and Movement Sciences, Master of Science (M.S.)

of entry:


Mar 15
Nov 1
Mar 15


(Department of Exercise Science)

This program provides advanced course work for students interested in the application of health and movement science principles to exercise science, teaching and sports medicine. Applicants planning to enter the teaching profession should hold a valid teaching endorsement. Students typically admitted to this program have backgrounds in exercise science, life science or related fields. This program does not provide opportunities for initial licensure in health and physical education.

The Master of Science in Health and Movement Sciences program of study offers a thesis and non-thesis option. Both options require a minimum of 36 total graduate credit hours for completion of the degree program.

After completing at least 12 graduate credits and not more than 18 credits, with a minimum GPA of 3.0, all students must apply for advancement to candidacy. In the thesis option, students must complete HEMS 798 Thesis for six credit hours and 30 hours of prescribed course work. Students enrolling in this option will not be required to complete a comprehensive examination. In the non-thesis option, students must complete 36 hours of prescribed course work and must pass a comprehensive examination, which is taken after completing 30 hours of course work.

Student learning outcomes

  1. Understanding of research and statistics. Candidate demonstrates an understanding of research design and statistical applications relative to the disciplines comprising the health and movement sciences as shown on the final examination in HEMS 602.
  2. Mastery of essential knowledge. Candidate demonstrates mastery of essential knowledge in health and movement science.
  3. Advanced knowledge of health and movement science. Candidate demonstrates a comprehensive or advanced knowledge of the field of health and movement science.
Research core 15
HEMS 600 Introduction to Research Design in HEMS and RPSL (3)  
HEMS 601 Movement Physiology (3)  
HEMS 602 Statistical Application in HEMS and RPSL (3) or BIOS 543 Statistical Methods I (3)  
HEMS 604 Nutrition for Health and Physical Activity (3)  
HEMS 605 Psychology of Physical Activity (3)  
Thesis option 6
HEMS 798 Thesis (6)  
Specialty (select course work with consultation of adviser) 9-15
HEMS 500 Motor Development of Young Children (3)  
HEMS 505 Contemporary Issues in Health (3)  
HEMS 521 Pathomechanics of Sports Injuries (3)  
HEMS 550 Exercise, Nutrition and Weight Management (3)  
HEMS 606 Psychosocial Aspects of Sport (3)  
HEMS 610 Laboratory Techniques in Movement Science (3)  
HEMS 611 Biomechanics of Human Motion (3)  
HEMS 613 General Motor Ability Evaluation (3)  
HEMS 614 Motor Assessment for Special Populations (3)  
HEMS 615 Orthopaedics and Therapeutics in Sports Medicine (3)  
HEMS 620 Motor Learning and Performance (3)  
HEMS 660 Neuromuscular Performance (3)  
HEMS 700 Externship (1-6)  
HEMS 701 Clinical Exercise Physiology (3)  
HEMS 741 Directed Research Study (3)  
HEMS 751 Research Seminar in HEMS (1-3)  
Suggested outside electives
(develop electives in consultation with adviser)




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