Graduate Programs

Students doing biomechanics research.

Biomechanics and Movement Science: Ph.D., M.S.


The mission of the Interdisciplinary Program in Biomechanics & Movement Science (BIOMS) is to advance the understanding of complex human systems through the interaction of experts who cross traditional divisions of academic study. We strive to train outstanding researchers who will contribute to the advancement of health science through translational and interdisciplinary research. Research findings are disseminated through peer reviewed publications in high impact journals and presentations at national and international conferences. In addition, students work with their chosen faculty advisor to design a unique Plan of Study of academic courses to best fit their research interests.

The College of Health Sciences (CHS) and the BIOMS Program embrace diversity, inclusion, connectedness, and professionalism as core institutional values. We believe that a diverse student, faculty, and staff body are critical to our teaching and scholarship and are a much needed reflection of the diverse patients and caregivers for whom we provide care. Beyond the University’s code of conduct for students and employees, which we fully support, we have additional standards and expectations for members of CHS and BIOMS due to our important roles and influence in health and healthcare.

The BIOMS program comprises faculty from the Colleges of Arts & SciencesEngineering, and Health Sciences who use an interdisciplinary approach to create a diverse educational and research environment. As one of the nation’s oldest universities and one of the few institutions nationwide with Land, Sea, and Space Grant missions, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classifies the University of Delaware as a research university with very high research activity, a designation given to less than 3% of U.S. colleges and universities. In 2015, the University of Delaware received a NAFSA Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization, which recognizes colleges and universities that have excelled in expanding global learning for students and scholars. In 2022, the U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Delaware number 38 in Top Public Schools, as well as recognized several of UD’s academic programs: Physical Therapy (#1), Chemical Engineering (#8), Biomedical Engineering (#49), and Mechanical Engineering (#49). Additionally, the National Academy of Kinesiology ranked the University of Delaware’s Department of Kinesiology & Applied Physiology as the 5th best Doctoral Program in Kinesiology in the country. Faculty from these excellent programs hold joint appointments in BIOMS and are dedicated in their training of our graduate students.

As one of the top 100 universities for federal research and development support for STEM research, our students have gained research experience through involvement in over $30 million in federally funded research projects; and through interaction with a variety of interdisciplinary research groups. We invite you to explore our program and discover the rich and diverse opportunities we offer!

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Degrees Offered

Biomechanics and Movement Science–M.S. (CAS)

Biomechanics and Movement Science–M.S.(CHS)

Biomechanics and Movement Science–M.S. (COE)

Biomechanics and Movement Science–Ph.D. (CAS)

Biomechanics and Movement Science–Ph.D. (CHS)

Biomechanics and Movement Science–Ph.D. (COE)


Application Deadlines


January 15: Priority deadline to be considered for departmental funding

April 15: Final deadline to be considered for departmental funding

April 15-July 1: Rolling admission

July 1: Final deadline to apply


October 15To be considered for departmental funding

December 1: Final deadline to apply

UD Tuition

The 2024-2025 UD graduate student tuition rate per credit hour is $1,069.

All or nearly all students receive a stipend and full tuition scholarship.