What to Expect

Thinking about joining our program? You choose your track and proceed at your own pace. That’s how you determine what to expect.

How long does it take to complete the MS RS program — how many semesters?

The MS Rehab Sciences is a self-paced program, but at most it would be full-time. The whole program is generally completed in 2 years and there are no summer classes. (You could be doing independent work during the summer, however.) It depends on your track and your pace to calculate the course load per semester.

How many credit hours per semester?

Students usually take 11-14 credits per semester. Much depends on whether or not you choose to register for research credits during the summer semesters. Courses are not available over the summer term. Your track and your pace are the deciding factors.

See all Graduate College Course Descriptions for MS in Rehabilitation Science at once.

Thesis

In the thesis track, you’re required to take 14 hours in PT 598 in addition to 10 hours of elective courses.

  • Coursework: 22 credit hours
  • Thesis: 14 credit hours
    Total: 36 credit hours

Project

In the project track, you’re required to take 9 hours of PT 597 in addition to 15 hours of elective courses.

  • Coursework: 27 credit hours
  • Project: 9 credit hours
    Total: 36 credit hours

Coursework-only

In the coursework-only track, you’re required to take 27 hours of elective courses.

  • Coursework: 39 credit hours
    Total: 39 credit hours

The written comprehensive examination requirement assures that you have command of the body of knowledge expected of a graduate of the Master of Science in rehabilitation sciences program.

The comprehensive examination will be waived if you obtain an average grade of B or better in the core courses PT 505 and PT 506.

PT 505 Advances in Rehabilitation Sciences I 3 hours
PT 506 Advances in Rehabilitation Sciences II 3 hours
A graduate-level statistics course (e.g. AHS 511EPSY 505) 4 hours
A research methods course (e.g. PT 563NURS 573) 3-4 hours

The number of hours and choice of electives will vary according to the program option chosen and will be guided by student’s area of interest in consultation with the advisor (e.g., PT 503, PT 510, and PT 562).

Fall

PT 503 2018, 2020 Analysis of Motor Development 3 hours
PT 504 2019, 2021 Assessment Developmental Processes in Infancy 2 hours
PT 505 2019, 2021 Advances in Rehabilitation Sciences I 3 hours
PT 506 2018, 2020 Advances in Rehabilitation Sciences II 3 hours
PT 533 2018, 2019 Neuromuscular Dysfunction I 5 hours
PT 573 2018, 2020 Instrumentation for Rehabilitation Sciences Research 3 hours
PT 592 2018 Health and Wellness Academy 3 hours
PT 595 2018, 2019, 2020 Seminar in Rehabilitation Sciences 1 hour

Spring

PT 510 2020 Control of Posture and Locomotion 2 hours
PT 529 2019, 2020 Science in Practice Seminar I 3 hours
PT 534 2019, 2020 Neuromuscular Dysfunction II 5 hours
PT 562 2020 Neuroplasticity and Rehabilitation 2 hours
PT 563 2020 Research Methods in Rehabilitation Sciences 3 hours
PT 571 2019* Biomechanics of Normal and Abnormal Movement 3 hours
PT 573 2018, 2020 Instrumentation for Rehabilitation Sciences Research 3 hours
PT 591 2019 Teaching: Approaches and Strategies 2 hours
PT 592 2019 Health and Wellness Academy 3 hours
PT 595 2019, 2020 Seminar in Rehabilitation Sciences 1 hour