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Health and Movement Sciences, Master of Science (M.S.) with a concentration in exercise science

Graduate program director
Ronald K. Evans, Ph.D.
Associate professor and director of graduate studies, Department of Kinesiology and Health Sciences
rkevans@vcu.edu
(804) 828-1948

Program website: khs.vcu.edu

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Apply online at graduate.admissions.vcu.edu.

Admission requirements

Health and Movement Sciences, Master of Science (M.S.) with a concentration in exercise science
Degree:

M.S.
Semester(s)
of entry:

Fall
Spring
Summer
Deadline
dates:

Mar 15
Nov 1
Mar 15
Test
requirements:

GRE-General
MAT

In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School, applicants must have received a bachelor’s degree in exercise science or a related field from an accredited university or college.

VCU Graduate Bulletin, VCU Graduate School and general academic policies and regulations for all graduate students in all graduate programs

The VCU Graduate Bulletin website documents the official admission and academic rules and regulations that govern graduate education for all graduate programs at the university.  These policies are established by the graduate faculty of the university through their elected representatives to the University Graduate Council.

It is the responsibility of all graduate students, both on- and off-campus, to be familiar with the VCU Graduate Bulletin as well as the Graduate School website and academic regulations in individual school and department publications and on program websites. However, in all cases, the official policies and procedures of the University Graduate Council, as published on the VCU Graduate Bulletin and Graduate School websites, take precedence over individual program policies and guidelines.

General academic regulations for
all graduate students in all graduate programs at VCU

Program goal

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 admitted to this program typically have backgrounds in exercise science, life science or related fields. This program does not provide opportunities for initial licensure in health and physical education.

Student learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of research design and statistical applications relative to the disciplines comprising the health and movement sciences
  2. Demonstrate mastery of essential knowledge in health and movement science
  3. Demonstrate a comprehensive or advanced knowledge of the field of health and movement science

Degree requirements

In addition to the VCU Graduate School graduation requirements, students are required to complete course work in core and elective courses and to conduct significant research.

  1. Credit hour requirements: Students in the M.S. in Health and Movement Sciences program are required to earn a minimum of 36 graduate-level credit hours beyond the baccalaureate. At least one-half of the credit hours presented for graduation must be at the 600 level or higher.
  2. Master’s-level candidacy and requirements: The Master of Science in Health and Movement Sciences program offers a thesis and non-thesis option. After completing at least 12 graduate credit hours and not more than 18 credit hours, 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.

Curriculum requirements

Thesis option

Courses Credit hours
   
BIOS/STAT 543 Statistical Methods I 3
HEMS 600 Introduction to Research Design in Health and Movement Sciences 3
HEMS/REMS 601 Movement Physiology 3
HEMS 604 Nutrition for Health and Physical Activity 3
HEMS 605 Psychology of Physical Activity 3
HEMS 610 Laboratory Techniques in Rehabilitation Science 3
HEMS/REMS 611 Biomechanics of Human Motion or a course from the list of general electives 3
HEMS 675 Clinical Exercise Physiology 3
HEMS 798 Thesis 6
General elective from list below 3
Specified elective from list below 3
   
Total graduate credit hours (minimum) 36

Non-thesis option

Courses Credit hours
   
BIOS/STAT 543 Statistical Methods I 3
HEMS 600 Introduction to Research Design in Health and Movement Sciences 3
HEMS 601 Movement Physiology 3
HEMS 604 Nutrition for Health and Physical Activity 3
HEMS 605 Psychology of Physical Activity 3
HEMS 610 Laboratory Techniques in Rehabilitation Science 3
HEMS 611 Biomechanics of Human Motion or a course from the list of general electives 3
HEMS 675 Clinical Exercise Physiology 3
HEMS 692 Independent Study or HEMS 797 Directed Research Study 3
HEMS 695 Externship 3
General elective from list below 3
Specified elective from list below 3
   
Total graduate credit hours required (minimum) 36

Specified electives  
   
HEMS 550 Exercise, Nutrition and Weight Management 3
REMS 703 Cardiovascular Exercise Physiology 3
REMS 704 Psychobiology of Physical Activity 3
REMS 705 Metabolic Aspects of Physical Activity 3
   
General electives  
   
HEMS 550 Exercise, Nutrition and Weight Management 3
HEMS/REMS 660 Neuromuscular Performance 3
HEMS 692 Independent Study 3
HEMS 695 Externship 3
HEMS 797 Directed Research Study 3
REMS 690 Research Seminar in Rehabilitation and Movement Science 0.5
REMS 701 Advanced Exercise Physiology I 3
REMS 702 Advanced Exercise Physiology II 3
REMS 703 Cardiovascular Exercise Physiology 3
REMS 704 Psychobiology of Physical Activity 3
REMS 705 Metabolic Aspects of Physical Activity 3

Degree candidacy requirements

A graduate student admitted to a program or concentration requiring a final research project, work of art, thesis or dissertation, must qualify for continuing master’s or doctoral status according to the degree candidacy requirements of the student’s graduate program. Admission to degree candidacy, if applicable, is a formal statement by the graduate student’s faculty regarding the student’s academic achievements and the student’s readiness to proceed to the final research phase of the degree program.

Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following degree candidacy policy as published in the VCU Graduate Bulletin for complete information and instructions.

Degree candidacy requirements

Graduation requirements

As graduate students approach the end of their academic programs and the final semester of matriculation, they must make formal application to graduate. No degrees will be conferred until the application to graduate has been finalized.

Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following graduation requirements as published in the Graduate Bulletin for a complete list of instructions and a graduation checklist.

Graduation requirements

 

 

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