How long is the program?
The program was designed to be completed in one year. There is no thesis, formal research or field work required for the degree, although you may elect to pursue an internship to prepare for specialty certification. The program may be completed on a part-time basis. This would require advance planning with courses structured to be completed over a 1.5 or 2-year period.
I work a full-time job during the day. Are the required courses only offered during the day on UVM’s campus?
The core courses in the Physical Activity and Wellness Science (PAWS) curriculum are offered in a hybrid format (on-campus and online). The on-campus portion of the courses are offered in late afternoons and evenings.
What about financial aid and the tuition costs for the program?
To obtain current information for financial aid, tuition, and fees, refer to the Student Financial Services website. If you have questions about whether you are an in-state or out-of-state resident, refer to the Registrar's Residency Policy.
How can I find out more about the M.S. in Physical Activity and Wellness Science (PAWS)? Do you hold information sessions?
The College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS) Office of Student Services (OSS) is able to guide you during the application process and answer any of your questions. You can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are also advisors available if you want to speak to someone about the program. On-campus information sessions including webinars for the M.S. program are held at various times throughout the academic year. Virtual information sessions are also offered throughout the academic year. Please contact the CNHS OSS if you would like to be notified of upcoming information sessions.
When is the application deadline?
The application deadline is April 1; however the application system is currently open and you are welcome (and encouraged) to submit your application at any time prior to the deadline. We review applications on an ongoing basis and notify applicants as soon as applications are reviewed (typically within 6 weeks).
What are the minimum GRE scores?
We do not require GRE scores for application to the PAWS graduate program.
I do not have a background in exercise science or in any other health-related field. Am I still eligible to apply for the M.S. in PAWS?
A background in exercise science and/or a health-related field is not required. There is recommended, pre-requisite coursework, but these courses are not required for application or admission to the program. Courses in the PAWS program will expose students to evidence-based, theoretical models to guide the planning, evaluation and implementation of physical activity interventions, health promotion and wellness programs at community levels.
What is the minimum GPA that I need to be considered for admission to the program? May I retake courses to obtain a better grade?
Applications with GPAs of 3.0 and higher will be reviewed. Applicants are welcome to retake classes to obtain a better grade if they would like to do so.
Where should I send my application materials?
The UVM Graduate Application, official transcripts, a statement of career interests and 3 letters of recommendation must be submitted online.