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Diversity is a quality that the Biomechanics and Movement Science Program was founded on from its inception. Our students, the pride of our program, come from a wide range of backgrounds including athletic training, biological sciences, computer science, exercise physiology, mechanical engineering physical therapy, and psychology. Students can pursue highly specialized research with our diverse faculty and yet gain knowledge in related areas for an education that is genuinely translational. For information on finding an advisor please click HERE

The BIOMS program offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Students entering the program with a master’s or a professional doctorate (e.g. DPT, MD, DPM) should apply for the Ph.D. degree. Students entering our program with a bachelor’s degree should apply for the master’s; when the MS degree is completed, they can continue on to the Ph.D. program.

BIOMS MS and Ph.D. students, together with their advisors, develop Plans of Study (a POS is an individualized curriculum) designed to provide breadth and depth of knowledge in one of five areas of study relating to biomechanics and movement science. Masters and PhD degrees can be earned in any of the five areas. The Plan of Study is formed by the end of the first semester of study and may include graduate courses at UD or at Thomas Jefferson University through our Graduate Student Learning Partnership. All Plans of Study must be approved by the BIOMS Executive Committee. Please see POS for more information.

The 5 Areas of Study are:

  • Applied Anatomy & Biomechanics (AAB) MS PhD1 PhD2
  • Applied/Exercise Physiology (AEP) PhD
  • Tissue/Molecular Biomechanics (TMB) PhD
  • Motor Control & Behavior (MCB) MS PhD
  • Rehabilitation Engineering (RE) PhD

Course Related Information

MS in Biomechanics & Movement Science

The Master's degree program requires 24 credits plus 6 credits of thesis. Among the 24 credits the following must be included:

  • 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
  • No more than 6 credits of Independent Study
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Masters degrees typically take 2 years of full time study to complete. Coursework typically comprises much of year 1and thesis comprises much of year 2. While Masters students do not advance to candidacy, they must defend the masters thesis proposal before the BIOMS faculty. The proposal is written in the form of an NIH R03 grant propsal.

At least 3 (and no more than 6) faculty from the Biomechanics and Movement Science Program comprise the Masters Thesis Committee. The Thesis Advisor must be a member of the BIOMS faculty. At least one other committee member must be a BIOMS Faculty member and have expertise in an Area of Study other than that of the Advisor.

The final defense of the Thesis must be approved by the thesis committee before the MS Degree is awarded.

For more information about Defense of the Thesis Proposal please click HERE.

PhD in Biomechanics & Movement Science

The PhD requires 33 credits (beyond a masters degree) plus 9 dissertation credits. The following must be included:

  • 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

Prior to conducting the dissertation, the student works with his or her Advisor to identify a Dissertation Commitee.The dissertation committee must consist of at least three BIOMS faculty membersde,one of whom must be from a department different than that of the dissertation advisor. In addition, the committee shall have one member from outside the BIOMS program.

After coursework is completed, PhD Students defend the dissertation proposal, before the BIOMS faculty. The proposal is which is written in the form of an NIH grant and defense of the dissertation proposal constitutes the qualifying examination. PhD students advance to PhD Candidates after successfully defending their dissertation proposals.

The final defense of the dissertation must be approved by the Dissertation Committee before the PhD is awarded.

For more information about Defense of the Dissertation Proposal please click HERE.