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Master of Science - Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


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The Health and Rehabilitation Sciences MS program is designed to provide a flexible curriculum to meet the needs of students with interests across the health and rehabilitation sciences continuum.

What you’ll learn

Core courses will provide scientific foundations in health and rehabilitation research, biostatistics and research methods. The core includes a thesis option for those seeking a career in research and a non-thesis final project option for those with professional or clinical interests. Elective courses enable each student, with guidance from their advisor, to focus the program of study on the particular areas of health and rehabilitation science they seek to develop graduate level expertise in. Additionally, elective credits may be used to complete a graduate minor from the many excellent options across Drexel’s Schools and Colleges.

What makes the Master of Science (MS) in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences program unique?

  • Individualized plan of study aligned with current faculty research.
  • Faculty advisors and mentors committed to your success in the program.
  • Experiential learning opportunities using state-of-the-art technology in our 9,000 square foot research space.


The College of Nursing and Health Professions has a compliance process that may be required for every student. Some of these steps may take significant time to complete. Please plan accordingly.

Visit the Compliance pages for more information.


Degree: A STEM or health related bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the United States or equivalent international institution. Must have a GPA of 3.0 or above.

GRE: Not required.

References: Two letters of recommendation submitted electronically.

Personal statement: Approximately 500 words explaining your reasons for pursuing the MS degree, your short- and long-term career plans, and how your background and experience to date combined with this degree will enable you to pursue these goals successfully.

CV/resume: Required.

International students:
International applicants, as well as immigrants to the United States and United States permanent residents whose native language is not English and who have not received a bachelor’s degree or higher in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, must show proficiency in English speaking as well as listening, writing, and reading. Applicants must meet one of the following requirements: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL minimum scores: 90/577/233), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS minimum Overall Band Score 6.5), or the Pearson Test of English (PTE minimum score: 61).


Final Project Concentration – Sample Plan of Study

Introduction to Scholarly Inquiry and Communication in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Lifecycle Nutrition
Introduction to Biostatistics
Biological Evolution: Applications to Human Health and Performance
Independent Study
Historical Influences on the US Healthcare System
Managerial Epidemiology
Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care
Interdisciplinary Approaches in Aging Research
Final Project I
Independent Study
Collaboration with Vulnerable Populations
Final Project II
Independent Study
Communication and Self-Awareness for Leadership

Thesis Concentration – Sample Plan of Study

Introduction to Scholarly Inquiry and Communication in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Research Practicum I
Introduction to Biostatistics
Research Practicum II
Foundations in Scholarly Inquiry & Writing
Foundations in Research Methods
Research Practicum III
Independent Study
World Nutrition
Research Practicum III
Thesis Research I
Lifecycle Nutrition
Thesis Research II
Independent Study


MSA: Accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.


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Upon completion of the Master of Science degree graduates will be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of advanced topics in health and rehabilitation sciences.
  • Critically read, evaluate, and discuss relevant research literature in health and rehabilitation sciences.
  • Analyze issues using critical thinking and solution-focused problem-solving skills.
  • Communicate effectively with a variety of different stakeholders.
  • Students completing a thesis will pursue research activities that lead to published scientific findings.

Research Labs

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The Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences has 9,000 sq ft of dedicated research laboratory space. Learn more here.