The biomechanics concentration (MS) focuses on the mechanisms, prevention, and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. The primary emphasis is on biomechanical considerations related to exercise and rehabilitation. Master’s students may elect to do a six-credit thesis, which is recommended for those intending to pursue a doctorate in the field. Graduate students work with biomechanics faculty to pursue research in the areas of biomechanics of lower extremity function, footwear biomechanics, and the biomechanics of injury mechanisms and injury prevention
Ten to fifteen students are admitted to the Biomechanics master’s program each year. Admissions decisions are made on a number of criteria, as outlined below. All applicants need to have the required pre-requisite courses before starting the program. The applicant may be admitted conditionally if missing a few courses as long as all are completed before the entering semester. Submission of official transcripts for the missing courses to the Graduate Admissions Coordinator will be required if this is the case.
- One semester each of:
- general physics
- general chemistry
- human anatomy
- exercise physiology
Applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 or above in their undergraduate work to be considered (or at least in the senior year). We then look at the applicant’s writing ability and answers to the supplemental application questions (career plan and research interests, for example) in considering students who might be a good fit for our program. Rating forms/letters of recommendation from faculty who can speak to the applicant’s potential for graduate work are also given serious consideration. Master’s candidates are not required to take the GRE, but scores will be considered if submitted.