Master of Science in Health Sciences
Description and purpose of the program
The Master of Science in Health Sciences is an interdisciplinary graduate degree designed for health and rehabilitation professionals and educators interested in pursuing advanced education at the master’s level. Graduates of the program will acquire advanced knowledge and understanding of current trends and issues, and the problem-solving skills to prepare them to assume leadership roles in practice and educational settings.
The program is designed to meet the educational needs of health and rehabilitation professionals and educators. Courses are offered in a combination of compressed/intensive classroom, on-line, and distance formats. Most of the courses taken to satisfy the requirements of the master’s degree can be used to fulfill course requirements for the PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.
The program consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours of course work, including a required 6 hour project or thesis. The program curriculum consists of three components: (1) health science core courses to include preparation for project/thesis (21 credit hours); elective courses (9); and project/thesis (6)
Due to the number of courses offered online only, students on a F1 or J1 student visa are not eligible for admission to this program.
Applications are accepted:
January 1 – May 15 for admission to the Fall (August) semester
Fall admission decisions will not be made until after May 15
August 1 – December 1 for admission to the Spring (January) semester
August 1 – November 1 for Spring (January) applicants with foreign transcripts
Summer admission is not offered
All application materials must be submitted directly to the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences no later than 10 days prior to the deadline stated above. All admission decisions will be finalized two weeks after the deadline.
Students accepted into the program must complete university, school, and
program admission requirements. The minimum admission requirements are as follows:
- A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution (applicant must submit an official copy of all undergraduate transcripts).
- Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- At least one undergraduate statistics or research methods course completed with a grade of B or better.
- Three letters of recommendation from those familiar with the applicant’s academic and professional performance.
- 300 to 500 word personal statement of academic and professional goals, must include experience as a health and rehabilitation professional or educator.
- If applicable, a TOEFL score of at least 550P or 213C or 79-80i.
- Admission interview
No student will be permitted to work toward a degree without first being admitted to the Master of Science program. Graduate Online Application and $60 non-refundable application fee
Please use the information below for successful application submission
“Intended Program and Plan” select the following:
What type of degree do you intend to pursue?: Masters
Academic Program: Graduate School Health and Rehabilitation
Academic Plan: Health Sciences MS
Are you applying to a dual degree program: No
Recommendations: enter minimum of 3 recommenders with valid email and they will be notified to submit a recommendation
Prior Course Work Applied Toward Degree Requirements
A maximum of 6 graduate credit hours earned at Indiana University before admission may be applied toward a degree. Upon the recommendation of the Health Sciences program director and with the approval of the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Academic Studies and Research Development Committee, up to 8 credit hours of graduate work at other institutions may be transferred in partial fulfillment of degree requirements. No course may be transferred from another institution unless the course was completed with a grade of B or higher within five years before matriculation in the Master of Science degree program.
An applicant must submit complete application materials to the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, at the address below. Transcripts from all universities attended must be included. However, if the applicant is a graduate of Indiana University, the school will obtain those transcripts directly. Non-Indiana University graduates must submit at least one official transcript from each university attended. A nonrefundable application fee is required from all applicants who have never attended Indiana University.
Joshua Morrison, Director of Student Enrollment Services
IU School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Coleman Hall 120
1140 West Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5119
A total of 36 credit hours would be required to complete the degree, allocated as follows:
Core/Required Courses (21 credit hours):
|SHRS W510||Trends and Issues in Health Sciences (Mushi-Brunt) online course||3|
Evidence Based Critical Inquiry in the Health Sciences (Mac Kinnon)
|SHRS W661||Theories of Health Promotion/Disease Prevention (Mushi-Brunt)||3|
|SHRS W667||Ethical Issues in Rehabilitation Services(Agho) (or equivalent) online course||3|
|SHRS W550||Health and Rehabilitation Systems Across the World (Agho)online course||3|
|SHRS W625||Diversity Issues in Health and Rehabilitation Services (Buckner-Brown)
|NURS R505||Research Methods (or equivalent)||3|
Electives (9 credit hours) to be determined in consultation with the program director.
|SHRS W540||Patient Centered Outcomes Research (Mac Kinnon) online course||3|
|SHRS W660||Rehabilitation Theories and Application (Crabtree)||3|
|SHRS W662||Rehab Services in Health Care Systems and Delivery (Weaver)
|SHRS W650||Global Perspectives in Nutrition, Health, Disease, Disability (Ernst)||3|
|SHRS W640||Medical Aspects of Disabilities (Gupta)||3|
|SHRS W562||Psychological Aspects of Disabilities (Voci)||3|
|SHRS W594||Administration of Health Sciences Education (Agho)||3|
Project or thesis (6 credit hours)
|SHRS W599||Thesis (arranged)OR||6|
|SHRS W600||Project in Health Sciences||6|