M.S. in Health and Movement Sciences

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. This program does not provide opportunities for initial licensure in health and physical education. The 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. In the thesis option, students must complete HEMS 798 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 taken after the completion of the 30th hour of course work.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Have a B.S. in Exercise Science or a Related Field
  • Submit Official Undergraduate Transcripts
  • Provide a Personal Statement
  • Provide 3 Letters of Reference
  • Submit GRE Test Scores

General University Admission Requirements

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university or its equivalent.
  • Satisfactory GPA. The university minimum undergraduate GPA is 2.7 on a 4.0 scale for at least the last two years of undergraduate work.
  • Satisfactory score on the TOEFL exam (for international students only). The university minimum TOEFL score requirement is 550 (paper-based) and 213 (computer-based).
  • Scores must be current (within two years).

Suggested Application Deadline Dates

March 15 (Fall & Summer admission)
November 1 (Spring admission

Applications are considered until all positions are filled.

See the VCU Bulletin for the most complete description of course requirements: Program of study: Health and Movement Sciences

Graduate Program Director: Dr. Ronald K. Evans