Applications Procedure

Plans of Study

Plans of Study can be based on one of the following 5 Areas of Study
  • Applied Anatomy & Biomechanics (Sample Plans of Study: MS, PhD1, PhD2)
  • Applied Physiology (Sample Plans of Study: PhD)
  • Motor Control & Development (Sample Plans of Study: MS, PhD)
  • Rehabilitation Engineering (Sample Plans of Study: PhD)
  • Tissue/Molecular Biomechanics (Sample Plans of Study: PhD)

It is the responsibility of all MS and PhD students to submit their Plans of study (POS) to the Executive Committee for approval, by the end of the FIRST semester in which s/he enrolls.

POS Requirements: Master's Degree Program

The Master's degree program requires 24 credits plus 6 credits of thesis.

  • 3 credits Instrumentation, Computer Applications
  • 3 credits of Experimental Design or Statistics
  • 2 semesters of BMSC 865 Seminar (0 credits)
  • 2, 3-credit courses outside of the principle Area of Study (ie in one of the other 4 Areas of Study)
  • no more than 6 credits of Independent Study
POS Requirements: PhD Program

The PhD requires 33 credits (beyond a masters degree) plus 9 dissertation credits.

  • 3 credits in Instrumentation, Computer Applications
  • 3 credits in Experimental Design or Statistics
  • at least 3 semesters of BMSC 865 Seminar (0 credits)
  • 2, 3-credit courses outside of the principle Area of Study
  • no more than 12 credits of Independent Study and Research combined
  • if students take research and independent study courses, no more than 6 research credits may count toward the degree total
Format of your POS

POS Format:

  • To facilitate the approval process, students must use the format shown on the POS TEMPLATE when submitting their POS. POS documents that are not formatted correctly will be returned to the student for correction before being sent on to the Executive Committee. This will delay the approval process. Please don't make these common mistakes.

Provisions of Admission:

  • Some students are provisionally admitted to the BIOMS Program, ie. they were required to successfully complete an undergraduate couse or English Language Institute that will not satisfy any course work credits but must be completed successfully in order to stay in the Program. These courses should be included on the POS Form in the space provided.
Things to keep in mind
  • Courses are offered in many departments across campus and students can take courses from any Department providing that the course is suitable for his/her Area of Study and that it satisfies one of the requirement of the Plan of Study.
  • Some courses are "cross listed" that is, they are assigned course numbers from more than one Department (eg. Mathematics in Biomechanics is listed as BMSC-686 and HESC-686). It does not matter which Department Code the student uses on the POS Form.
  • Some courses are offered every other year or on an "as needed" basis so students should contact course instructors directly to determine if the course will be offered and if so, when.
  • New courses are often assigned an "Experimental Course" number that ends in "...67" (eg. BMSC-667 or PHYT-867) therefore, course descriptions and syllabi may not be available on line. If you include an Experiemental Course in your POS please attach the syllabus for the course.
  • MS and PhD Students can transfer up to 3 graduate courses (totaling no more than 9 credits) from another instution or use credits earned at UD, however those credits can not have been used to satisfy the requirements for any other degree earned by the student.
  • Students are required to provide the Course Description and Course Syllabus from the institution in which the course was taken when they submit their POS for approval. The Executive Committee will consider those courses when they evaluate the POS as a whole.