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Master of Science in Health Sciences - Online Degree Program

Master of Science in Health Sciences


Description and purpose of the program

The Master of Science in Health Sciences is an online 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 practicing health and rehabilitation professionals and educators. All courses are offered in a distance format. 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.


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:
March 15 for admission to the Fall (August) semester
Fall admission decisions will not be made until after March 15
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:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution (applicant must submit an official copy of all undergraduate transcripts).
  2. Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. At least one undergraduate statistics or research methods course completed with a grade of B or better.
  4. Three letters of recommendation from those familiar with the applicant’s academic and professional performance.
  5. 300 to 500 word personal statement of academic and professional goals, must include experience as a health and rehabilitation professional or educator.
  6. If applicable, a TOEFL score of at least 550P or 213C or 79-80i.
  7. 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.

Application Materials

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.

SHRS 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:

SHRS W510 Trends and Issues in Health Sciences 3
SHRS W520 Evidence Based Critical Inquiry in Health Sciences 3
SHRS W541 Administration and Supervision of Rehabilitation Organizations 3
SHRS W550 Health and Rehabilitation Systems Across the World 3
SHRS W561 Approaches to Rehabilitation Case Management 3
SHRS W562 Psychological Aspects of Disability 3
SHRS W625 Diversity Issues in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences 3
SHRS W663 Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Rehabilitation Organizations 3
SHRS W667 Ethical Issues in Rehabilitation Services 3
NURS R505 Measurement and Data Analysis (or equivalent) 3
SHRS W599 Thesis (arranged) OR 6
SHRS W600 Project in Health Sciences 6

For Additional Information

Photo: Deanna Hart, MS Deanna Hart, MSDirector of Student Enrollment Services317-274-7238