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

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.

Visit the Graduate study section for additional information on academic regulations for graduate students.

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.

Visit the Graduate study section for additional information on 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.

Visit the Graduate study section for additional information on graduation requirements.

Apply online at graduate.admissions.vcu.edu.

Admission requirements

Degree: Semester(s) of entry: Deadline dates: Test requirements:
M.S. Fall Mar 15 GRE-General MAT
Spring Nov 1
Summer Mar 15

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.

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

BIOS 543Graduate Research Methods I3
or STAT 543 Statistical Methods I
HEMS 600Introduction to Research Design in Health and Movement Sciences3
HEMS 601Movement Physiology3
HEMS 604Nutrition for Health and Physical Activity3
HEMS 605Psychology of Physical Activity3
HEMS 610Laboratory Techniques in Rehabilitation Science3
HEMS/REMS 611Biomechanics of Human Motion (or a course from the list of general electives)3
HEMS 675Clinical Exercise Physiology3
HEMS 798Thesis6
General elective from list below3
Specified elective from list below3
Total Hours36

Total graduate credit hours required (minimum) 36 

Non-thesis option

BIOS 543Graduate Research Methods I3
or STAT 543 Statistical Methods I
HEMS 600Introduction to Research Design in Health and Movement Sciences3
HEMS 601Movement Physiology3
HEMS 604Nutrition for Health and Physical Activity3
HEMS 605Psychology of Physical Activity3
HEMS 610Laboratory Techniques in Rehabilitation Science3
HEMS 611Biomechanics of Human Motion (or a course from the list of general electives)3
HEMS 675Clinical Exercise Physiology3
HEMS 692Independent Study3
or HEMS 797 Directed Research Study
HEMS 695Externship3
General elective from list below3
Specified elective from list below3
Total Hours36

Total graduate credit hours required (minimum) 36 

Specified electives
HEMS 550Exercise, Nutrition and Weight Management3
REMS 703Cardiovascular Exercise Physiology3
REMS 704Psychobiology of Physical Activity3
REMS 705Metabolic Aspects of Physical Activity3
General electives
HEMS 550Exercise, Nutrition and Weight Management3
HEMS/REMS 660Neuromuscular Performance3
HEMS 692Independent Study3
HEMS 695Externship3
HEMS 797Directed Research Study3
REMS 690Research Seminar in Rehabilitation and Movement Science0.5
REMS 701Advanced Exercise Physiology I3
REMS 702Advanced Exercise Physiology II3
REMS 703Cardiovascular Exercise Physiology3
REMS 704Psychobiology of Physical Activity3
REMS 705Metabolic Aspects of Physical Activity3
 

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