• Applied Anatomy & Biomechanics
  • Applied Physiology
  • Motor Control & Development
  • Rehabilitation Engineering
  • Tissue/Molecular Biomechanics

It is the responsibility of all graduate students to submit a Plan of study (POS) to the Executive Committee for approval, by the end of the FIRST semester of academic enrollment. To facilitate the approval process, students must use the format provided for submission. Any document that is 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.


Some students are provisionally admitted to the BIOMS Program. For example, students who are conditionally accepted would be required to successfully complete either the English Language Institute program or an undergraduate course(s). While these credits do not satisfy the BIOMS course requirements, successfully passing these classes will fully satisfy prerequisites originally mandated for admission. All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the BIOMS program. These courses must be included on the Plan of Study in the space provided.


Courses are offered in many departments across campus. Students may enroll in courses from any department if the course is suitable for the student’s chosen Area of Study; and if it satisfies one of the BIOMS requirements of the Plan of Study. Some courses are “cross listed” which are assigned course numbers from more than one academic department. For instance, Mathematics in Biomechanics is listed as BMSC 686 as well as HESC 686. Students are welcome to enroll in either.

Some courses are offered every other year or on an as needed basis. Students should contact course instructors directly to determine if and when a desired course will be offered. New courses are often assigned an “experimental course” number that ends in “67” (ex. BMSC 667 or PHYT 867). Since experimental courses are in a [sometimes] trial phase, course descriptions and syllabi may not be available online. Should a student choose to include an experimental course in a Plan of Study, a course syllabi must be attached.

Graduate students may transfer up to three (3) graduate courses (totaling no more than nine (9) credits) from another institution or credits earned at the University of Delaware. However, transferable credits may not have been used to satisfy the requirements for any other degree earned by the student. Students will be required to provide the course description and its syllabus from the institution in which the course was taken in addition to the Plan of Study for submission for approval. The Executive Committee will consider all transferred courses in addition to courses fulfilled within the University of Delaware wholly.

Plan Of Study Requirements: Master’s Degree

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
Plan of Study Requirements: Doctoral Degree

The doctoral program requires 33 credits (beyond a masters degree) plus nine (9) dissertation credits.

  • Three (3) credits in Instrumentation, Computer Applications
  • Three (3) credits in Experimental Design or Statistics
  • A minimum of three (3) semesters in BMSC 865: Seminar
  • Two (2) three-credit courses outside of the principle Area of Study
  • A maximum of 12 credits in combined Research andIndependent Study
    • If students enroll in research and independent study courses, no more than six (6) research credits may count toward the degree total