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 a complete list of current BIOMS faculty, please click here. 

BIOMS graduate 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. The BIOMS doctoral degree 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.


Doctorate in Biomechanics & Movement Science

The doctorate requires 33 credits (beyond a master’s degree) plus nine (9) dissertation credits. The following must be included:

  • Three (3) credits in Instrumentation, Computer Applications
  • Three (3) credits in Experimental Design or Statistics
  • A minimum of three (3) semesters of BMSC 865 Seminar
  • Two (2), three (3) credit courses outside of the principle Area of Study
  • A maximum of 12 credits in Independent Study and Research
  • No more than six (6) research credits may count toward the degree total

Prior to conducting the dissertation, the student works with his or her Academic Advisor to identify a Dissertation Committee.The dissertation committee must consist of at least three (3) BIOMS faculty members — 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, doctoral students defend the dissertation proposal, before the BIOMS faculty. The proposal is written in the form of an NIH grant; and defense of the dissertation proposal constitutes the qualifying examination. These students advance to Doctoral Candidacy after successfully defending the dissertation proposal. The final defense of the dissertation must be approved by the Dissertation Committee before the degree is awarded. For a complete step-by-step guide to graduation, please click here.

BIOMS Areas of Study

  • Applied Anatomy & Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Cytomechanics
  • Motor Control & Behavior
  • Clinical and Translational Science

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