MS Degree Program
Program objectives are: (1) to recognize the diverse nature of subject matter embodied in the respective program disciplines; (2) to understand the research findings and theoretical constructs undergirding the corresponding disciplines within the health studies umbrella, including the development of specialized skills needed for systematic inquiry; (3) to understand the critical role of diversity in delivering inclusive health studies services; (4) to develop effective leadership skills; and (5) to understand and embrace ethical standards of the respective disciplines.
- Prospective students must apply to both the Graduate School and the School of Health Studies. In both cases, the applicant must submit an official transcript for undergraduate and graduate studies. Additionally, as part of the application to the Graduate School, an official report of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores must be submitted except:
- Health Promotion (HPRO): An applicant seeking admission to the HPRO concentration is not required to submit GRE scores. However, official GRE or other standardized test scores may be requested or submitted to support an application.
- Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE): An applicant seeking admission to the PETE concentration may opt to submit official scores of the PRAXIS II exams in lieu of the GRE.
- An applicant must also submit the following to the School: 1) SHS Graduate Admission Application Form, 2) two letters of recommendation, and 3) a 300-500 word statement of goals including identification of the intended area of concentration. (Contact the school’s academic services coordinator for application forms. School of Health Studies application forms are also available on-line at www.memphis.edu/shs/students/grad_admission.php.
- An applicant must have graduated with a minimum baccalaureate GPA of 2.5.
- Completion of an appropriate undergraduate major and a strong background in discipline-specific courses:
- Exercise, Sport and Movement Sciences: anatomy and physiology, health sciences, exercise physiology, anatomic kinesiology, biomechanics, and motor learning
- Health Promotion: science-oriented courses such as, but not limited to, nutrition, biology, biochemistry, health sciences, chemistry, and psychology
- Physical Education Teacher Education: anatomic kinesiology, anatomy and physiology, biology, exercise physiology, health sciences, motor learning, nutrition, and sport psychology
- Completion of undergraduate work deemed by the concentration committee as prerequisite to graduate courses.
- Student admissions to the respective programs within the Health Studies (HS) major are differentially restricted to enable Graduate Faculty within each concentration to closely mentor their students. To ensure maximum consideration for admission into a specific SHS concentration, the following dates are provided: May 1 for summer and fall and November 1 for the spring semester. The admission committee may request a personal interview. Multiple criteria will be used when considering applicant admission, including, but not limited to, undergraduate and graduate grade point average, GRE/PRAXIS II scores, personal goals statement, relevant employment history, and letters of recommendation.
A minimum of 30 hours is required for the major although respective concentrations may require additional credit hours.
Program Research Core (6 hours):
Exercise, Sport and Movement Sciences (18 hours):
Guided electives selected with approval of the advisor:
Exercise, Sport and Movement Sciences (6 hours)
Culminating Experience (3-9 hours)
(Consult Graduate School Calendar for submission deadlines - ):
Exercise and Sport Science:
* Must be under the tutelage of a Graduate Faculty member with Full status at either one of the ESMS Human Performance Laboratories or at another site on campus, and involves 40 contact hours per credit hour. In order for residency arrangements to be formalized, they must first receive written or electronic approval by the student’s Major Professor, the ESMS Program Coordinator, and the Director of the laboratory in which training is to occur.
** Students choosing the thesis option should familiarize themselves with the Thesis/Dissertation Preparation Guide before starting to write.
- Successful completion of an oral or written comprehensive examination (successful defense of the Research Laboratory Residency in ESMS, Applied Project, or Thesis may serve this purpose). (Consult Graduate School Calendar for submission deadlines)
- Consult Graduate School Calendar for Apply to Graduate submission deadlines
Program Retention Policy
All MS degree students are regularly monitored for completion of any entry-level deficiencies by graduate faculty.
Program retention committees, comprised of selected graduate faculty within the corresponding programs of study, monitor the academic progress of all MS degree candidates in the respective programs. Each committee determines whether or not the student is making sufficient progress and, in case of deficiencies, may recommend additional work or the dismissal of the student from the program. For any student recommended for dismissal, an appeals process is available.