4+1 Accelerated B.S. to M.S. Degree Program

The accelerated B.S. and M.S. program allows qualified students to earn both the B.S. in Health, Physical Education, and Exercise Science and M.S. in Health and Movement Science in a minimum of five years by completing approved graduate courses during the senior year of their undergraduate program.

Students in the program may count up to (12 maximum) hours of graduate courses toward both the B.S. and M.S. degrees. These graduate credits will substitute for required major electives for the undergraduate degree. Thus, the two degrees may be earned with a minimum of (144) credits rather than the (156) credits necessary if the two degrees are pursued separately.

Undergraduate students must have departmental approval to participate in an accelerated program. Minimum qualifications for admittance to the program include completion of 84 undergraduate credit hours including HPEX 375, 440 and undergraduate courses specific to the complimentary graduate courses offered in the student’s senior year (HPEX 350 prior to HEMS 604; HPEX 371 prior to HEMS 605; HPEX 441 prior to HEMS 610; HPEX 475 prior to HEMS 675); an overall GPA of 3.0; and a GPA of 3.0 in Collateral Requirements, HPEX Core and Exercise Science Core course work. 

See the VCU Bulletin for the most complete description of program requirements.

Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies (Dr. Anette Loughran-Fjeldstad, asfjeldstad@vcu.edu) for additional information.